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Reconciliatory action and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Inclusion for indigenous Australian women?


O'Shea, M and Maxwell, H and Stronach, M, Reconciliatory action and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Inclusion for indigenous Australian women?, Sporting Traditions, 37, (2) pp. 69-89. ISSN 0813-2577 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) were branded innovative and inclusive — an opportunity for all Australians, including Indigenous Australians—to showcase their culture and talents. Underpinning this inclusivity, Games partners, including Indigenous Elders, developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), the first delivered by a major Australian sport event. Acknowledging the Games’ recent staging and gender equity objectives, this research explores how the GC2018 RAP enabled the inclusion of Indigenous Australian women. A social inclusion framework based on four inclusion dimensions—spatial, relational, functional and power— frames our examination of the implementation of the RAP. In applying this framework, the research informs critical debates concerned with understanding RAP outcomes and effects. Key themes include making space for Indigeneity, cultural belonging, skills and leadership opportunities and enabling the Indigenous voice. The study findings can inform future planning of reconciliatory activities associated with sport events.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:inclusion, Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Aboriginal, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Indigenous Women
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Commercial services
Research Field:Sport and leisure management
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Organised sports
UTAS Author:Maxwell, H (Dr Hazel Maxwell)
ID Code:141850
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2020-11-26
Last Modified:2021-05-26

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