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Conditionality, recognition and indigenous housing policy in Australia


Habibis, D and Memmott, P and Phillips, R and Moran, M, Conditionality, recognition and indigenous housing policy in Australia, Theorising Indigenous Sociology: Australian Perspectives Workshop Proceedings, 19-20 July 2012, University of Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-1-74210-302-0 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper draws on ideas of recognition and the intercultural as a way of examining the impact of welfare conditionality on Indigenous housing policy in Australia. The increased application of welfare conditionality has occurred in tandem with "mainstreaming" of housing management and provision, and regulation of Indigenous Community Organisations. (ICOs). These developments raise policy and practice questions about the effectiveness of such approaches in achieving desired housing outcomes because of questions about their alignment with Indigenous norms and values. The paper argues that the embedded nature of individuals in their social and cultural locations requires the development of policy paradigms that are adapted to these realities. The idea of a recognition space extends the idea of conditionality to one involving moral relationships of duty and care between the individual, Indigenous formal and informal governance structures and the state and its agents. This can be used to build a framework for the development of flexible and adaptive housing policies that are culturally respectful and address the differences in housing values between tenants and housing agencies.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:indigenous housing, recognition, conditionality
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Habibis, D (Associate Professor Daphne Habibis)
ID Code:81399
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-12-04
Last Modified:2014-12-02
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