Self-management of remote community organisations: getting nowhere no-time soon

Cook, John, and Monypenny, Richard (2012) Self-management of remote community organisations: getting nowhere no-time soon. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, September 2012. pp. 1-16.

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This paper argues that cultural diversity and self-determination need to become explicit and core planks of government Indigenous policy in order to effectively address Indigenous disadvantage. In parts of the Northern Territory the recent history of white settlement provides a context where the culture and way of life of Indigenous people in remote communities provides major challenges to effective self-management of community organisations and participation in the mainstream economy. This paper overviews cross-cultural and intercultural issues that are seen as major factors affecting remote community organisations. Long-term development strategies and a degree of enculturation are needed which will require the full engagement and commitment of those affected. This is unlikely to occur unless there is a greater degree of Indigenous self-determination and control over their development. Self-determination and enculturation may appear unlikely partners but it is suggested that they may well prove key factors in addressing Indigenous disadvantage.

Item ID: 20329
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-5202
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2012 01:01
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910202 Human Capital Issues @ 100%
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