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Identity politics: the elephant in the room at the Cape York Institute's inaugural conference


Moore, TC, Identity politics: the elephant in the room at the Cape York Institute's inaugural conference, Australian Journal of Political Science, 43, (4) pp. 649-65. ISSN 1363-030X (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10361140802429262


The Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership is dedicated to research and policy advice relevant to the remote Aboriginal communities of Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. Its inaugural conference, entitled 'Strong Foundations: Rebuilding Social Norms in Indigenous Communities', addressed widespread problems of social dysfunction that manifest in failure to attend school, substance abuse and sexual violence. Keynote addresses explained the dysfunction as an outcome of dependency on welfare, disincentives to work, poor governance and dispossession. They made a number of worthwhile proposals, including governmental intervention, recognition of shared Australian-ness and humanity, abandonment of victimhood and cultural security. However, they made only tangential allusion to Aboriginal identity politics, which I argue play a crucial role in constituting the dysfunction and, if understood, open new avenues to Aboriginal development. This essay constitutes a plea for more rigorous examination of the politics that present such a barrier to Aboriginal development.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, remote Aboriginal communities, identity politics
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Moore, TC (Dr Terry Moore)
ID Code:53491
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Riawunna
Deposited On:2008-12-10
Last Modified:2013-06-25

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