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Policy dynamism: the case of Aboriginal Australian education


Moore, T, Policy dynamism: the case of Aboriginal Australian education, Journal of Social Policy, 41, (1) pp. 141-159. ISSN 0047-2794 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S0047279411000584


With reference to an ethnographic study ofAboriginalAustralians in formal schooling, this paper focuses on the dynamism of the policy process. It argues that social policy is different in its performance fromits formal articulation. It proposes that other discourses complicate policy discourse in its implementation, and that the Aboriginal objects of policy respond creatively to their representation in policy in ways that contribute to that complication. Aboriginal political leaders adopt the subject imagined in policy, elaborate its normativity and pressure their constituency to performit. The routine performance of this subject works to compromise individuals’ capabilities to negotiate their lived interculturality and multiplicity, and confirms Aborigines in their marginalisation. Thus, policy becomes a central, authoritative catalyst in the real-world constitution of the subject initially imagined. The paper proposes that if social policy engages with this complexity, it can be effective in its aims of contributing to Aboriginal education and development, and management of the emerging condition of diversity. In both cases, itmust account for the discursive and performative agency of the objects of policy,making it necessarily context-specific and revisable.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:education, education policy, indigenous population, marginalization, policy implementation, policy making
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Moore, T (Dr Terry Moore)
ID Code:80197
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Riawunna
Deposited On:2012-10-24
Last Modified:2017-11-21

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