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A framework for reimagining Indigenous mobility and homelessness


Habibis, D, A framework for reimagining Indigenous mobility and homelessness, Urban Policy and Research: An Australian and New Zealand Guide to Urban Affairs, 29, (4) pp. 401-414. ISSN 0811-1146 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08111146.2011.613146


This article reports on the findings of a national study on housing responses to Indigenous temporary mobility . Drawing on policy analysis and interviews with Indigenous users and service providers, it argues Indigenous temporary mobility is a largely overlooked area of housing need. Its invisibility is partly explained by its status as a form of Indigenous endosociality whose motives and forms are largely opaque to mainstream services. But it also arises because of the difficulty of unravelling the relationship between culturally sanctioned temporary mobility, resistance to engagement with mainstream services and involuntary responses to housing exclusion. Lack of attention to the nexus between temporary mobility and homelessnessrepresents a missed opportunity to improve the housing outcomes of this hard to serve population. The paper proposes a framework for distinguishing different mobility groups as a first step towards improving early intervention and prevention of Indigenous homelessness.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aboriginality, mobility, homelessness, housing policy
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Policy and Administration
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare
UTAS Author:Habibis, D (Associate Professor Daphne Habibis)
ID Code:75584
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-02-06
Last Modified:2014-12-03
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