The rights and blights of the politics in Indigenous higher education

Nakata, Martin (2013) The rights and blights of the politics in Indigenous higher education. Anthropological Forum, 23 (3). pp. 289-303.

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It is clear from their voluminous scholarly output over five decades that Ronald and Catherine Berndt were keen observers of 'the winds of change' that were blowing strongly across most of Aboriginal Australia in that period. We contemporary scholars are closely watching both changes emanating from outside our communities and those that we as Indigenous Australians have instigated and moulded from within. A particular focus of this paper is how Indigenous Higher Education policies, programs and practices have been shaped by the politics of Indigenous self-determination and supported by social justice and human rights agendas. These frameworks have also guided argument, advocacy, and activism in the wider arena of Indigenous affairs, providing much of its language and forms of analysis. Today, however, there is evidence of a growing frustration that such frameworks have prevented alternative arguments, priorities, and possibilities from entering public discourse. In this paper, I discuss how these frameworks mutually constitute and uphold forms of analysis in Indigenous academia and Indigenous affairs in ways that fail to engage with the complexity of the contemporary space in which we as Indigenous people find ourselves today.

Item ID: 51021
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-2902
Keywords: higher education, Indigenous, leadership, learning support, politics
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The Seventh Berndt Foundation Biennial Lecture

Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 04:21
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
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