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Exploring indigenous social attitudes and priorities in Australia


Thompson, L and Fredericks, B and Wadley, D and Bean, C and Walter, M, Exploring indigenous social attitudes and priorities in Australia, Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 15, (1) pp. 64-75. ISSN 1440-5202 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Given significant government attention to, and expenditure on, Indigenous equity in Australia, this article addresses a core problem: the Jack of a sound understanding of Indigenous social attitudes and priorities. An account of cultural theory raises the likelihood of difference ih outlook between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, including those making and implementing policy. Yet, years of scholarly research and official statistical collections have overlooked potentially critical aspects of lndigineity. Suggestions of difference emerge from reference to the 2007 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA). If the attitudes recorded for a small sample in this instrument manifest in the Indigenous population at large, policy priorities and directions should be reviewed and possibly revised. Despite inherent methodological difficulties, the article calls for targeted social attitude research among Australia's Indigenous peoples so that future policy can be better oriented and calibrated. The national benefits would outweigh the costs via better directed policy making.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
ID Code:80611
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-11-05
Last Modified:2015-02-24
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