Management speak: Indigenous knowledge and bureaucratic engagement

Babidge, S., Greer, S., Henry, R. and Pam, C. (2007) Management speak: Indigenous knowledge and bureaucratic engagement. Social Analysis, 51 3: 148-164. doi:10.3167/sa.2007.510307

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Author Babidge, S.
Greer, S.
Henry, R.
Pam, C.
Title Management speak: Indigenous knowledge and bureaucratic engagement
Journal name Social Analysis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0155-977X
Publication date 2007-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3167/sa.2007.510307
Volume 51
Issue 3
Start page 148
End page 164
Total pages 17
Editor B. Kapferer
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Berghahn Books
Language eng
Subject C1
370302 Social and Cultural Anthropology
760203 Rights to environmental and natural resources
Abstract In this article we examine the concept of ‘indigenous knowledge’ as it is currently used in resource management discourse. In the process of engaging with government agents and researchers in the bureaucracy of resource management, indigenous knowledge is a powerful concept in the legitimization of local indigenous practice as well as the recognition of resource and socio-environmental management aspirations. Our use of the phrase ‘management speak’ frames our analysis of these bureaucratic engagements as process (management) and dialogue, rather than a ‘space’. We do so in order to gain insights into the politics and practice of these engagements that might go beyond recognition of indigenous interests and toward more practical approaches. Our discussion draws on research conducted at Yarrabah Aboriginal Community in northern Queensland in relation to marine resource management in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Keyword Aboriginal community
Indigenous knowledge
Management speak
Resource management
Traditional owners
Q-Index Code C1

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