The interethnic practice of local governance in Aboriginal settlements in desert Australia

Moran, Mark (2007). The interethnic practice of local governance in Aboriginal settlements in desert Australia. Desert Knowledge CRC: The working paper series 12, Australian Government Cooperation Research Centres Programme, Desert Knowledge CRC.


Author Moran, Mark
Title The interethnic practice of local governance in Aboriginal settlements in desert Australia
School, Department or Centre Australian Government Cooperation Research Centres Programme
Institution Desert Knowledge CRC
Series Desert Knowledge CRC: The working paper series
Report Number 12
Publication date 2007-07
Publisher Desert Knowledge CRC, Alice Springs
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Language eng
Subject 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
Abstract/Summary Drawing on research undertaken at a remote Aboriginal settlement, the paper describes the interethnic practice of local governance as actors implement a policy of self-determination. A typology of seven actors is proposed, largely based on meeting attendances over a ten-year period: the silent majority, spectators, local employees, leaders, permanent resident outside employees (PROE), resident departmental officers (RDO), and external stakeholders. Employment proved to be an important predisposition to leadership. The local polity revealed a political pluralism and innovative confederation of organisations to tackle the complexity of the problems at hand. Significantly, all of the examples of successful innovation observed involved productive social relationships developing locally between leaders and trusted outside employees. The paper draws attention to the paucity of study into the interethnic practice of local governance and argues that this is due to the lack of attention to the critical role of outside employees practising in Aboriginal organisations, and the reticence of researchers to embrace the complexity and indeterminacies of the interethnic field. It concludes with a call for attention to the conditions for successful practice, including the training and professional development of practitioners.
Keyword Aboriginal settlements
Additional Notes ISBN: 1741580471 ISSN: 1833-7309

Document type: Working Paper
Collection: School of Architecture Publications
 
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