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Digital repertoires in Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities

  • Author: Rennie, Ellie
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2019

A high proportion of Aboriginal Australians residing in remote communities are mobile-only internet users. This chapter examines how infrastructures and social norms are informing digital choices in these communities, and…

The influence and importance of the built environment

  • Authors: Noble, Keith, Dennis, Tania, Larkins, Sarah
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

When it’s hot, we find a shady tree to sit under; when it’s cold, we find a windbreak and build a fire; and if there’s danger, we find a safe…

Resilience discourse and adaption strategies

  • Authors: Noble, Keith, Dennis, Tania, Larkins, Sarah
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

We are paying attention to the resilience agenda now because it has become policy, but policy must be measured. Resilience has been used in many fields of science over the…

Emergent trends in Indigenous labour mobility: Flying to work in the nation’s quarry

  • Authors: McKenzie, Fiona Haslam, Prout Quicke, Sarah
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2019

This chapter seeks to develop the conceptual terrain of these kinds of contemporary Indigenous labour mobilities in Australia by foregrounding the experiences and outcomes of one case study group of…

Breaking the Cycle: What Influences Do Families Have on Lower Primary School Students’ Attendance in Remote Communities?

  • Author: Ellis, Casey
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

Although parents and families have a significant influence on their child’s school attendance, teachers’ adoption of more culturally appropriate methods of engagement with the community is necessary. I do think…

Economic hybridity in remote Indigenous Australia as development alterity

  • Author: Curchin, Katherine
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Published: 2019

(Abstract for book) Postdevelopment in Practice critically engages with recent trends in postdevelopment and critical development studies that have destabilised the concept of development, challenging its assumptions and exposing areas…

Forming a humanitarian brand: Childhood and affect in Central Australia

  • Author: Anderson, Drew
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2019

This chapter draws upon ethnographic research with an international NGO working with Indigenous communities in the central desert of Australia. International NGOs have often relied upon the commodification of children…

“We never had any photos of my family”: Archival return, film, and a personal history

  • Authors: Myers, Fred, Stefanoff, Lisa
  • Publisher: University of Hawai’i Press & Sydney University Press
  • Published: 2019

The film Remembering Yayayi emerged from a project to return raw 16mm film footage shot in 1974 at the early Pintupi outstation of Yayayi, near Papunya, by filmmaker Ian Dunlop,…

Talking and writing to develop mathematical meanings in a remote Indigenous context

  • Authors: Harper, Helen, Parkin, Bronwyn
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

In this chapter we explore how teacher and student talk, as well as written text, helped to build meaning in a series of mathematics lessons in a remote Indigenous school.…

Embedding evidence-based practice into a remote Indigenous early learning and parenting program: A systematic approach

  • Authors: Cooke, Louise, Piers-Blundell, Averill
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

Engaging and empowering Indigenous families and their young children in quality early learning experiences through increasing parent knowledge and skill is critical to bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous…

Capricornia: An atmosphere of ‘Otherness’

  • Authors: Pforr, Christof, Volgger, Michael
  • Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
  • Published: 2019

Isolation, large distances and geophysical adversities have influenced common perceptions, and with this have reinforced Northern Australia’s (aka Capricornia’s) image as a difficult and unattractive environment. This representation of ‘otherness’…

Hybrid justice (ii): Night Patrols and place-based sovereignty

  • Authors: Blagg, Harry, Anthony, Thalia
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
  • Published: 2019

This chapter considers Indigenous community patrols (Night Patrols) as a form of community-owned and designed safety initiative. Their service represents a reaction to the “bare life” policing of Indigenous people,…

Framing northern Australian agriculture’s future

  • Authors: Noble, Keith, Dennis, Tania, Larkins, Sarah
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

This chapter frames Northern Australia’s possible agricultural future and considers the specific relevance of planet and people matters to the past, present and future of individuals involved in Northern Australian…

A fair go, a fair future

  • Authors: Noble, Keith, Dennis, Tania, Larkins, Sarah
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

That Northern Australia will not develop in the same historical manner as the more populated south is a reasonable assumption – it is different geographically, climatically and demographically, and further development…

Bringing it together: The thread of fairness

  • Authors: Noble, Keith, Dennis, Tania, Larkins, Sarah
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

Disasters happen, and it is not only natural events that cause them; they can also be the product of social, political and economic environments. However, when talking about human-induced (and…

Community health planning: rural responses to change

  • Authors: Kilpatrick, Sue, Auckland, Stuart, Woodroffe, Jessica
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2019

The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning provides a critical account and state of the art review of rural planning in the early years of the twenty-first century. Looking across different…

Remedying the misappropriation of genetic resources

  • Author: Blakeney, Michael
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

In the absence of an effective international legal regime to regulate biopiracy, a second-best solution is for source countries to regulate access to their genetic resources. Among the pioneering legislation…

Basic income and cultural participation for remote-living Indigenous Australians

  • Authors: Altman, Jon, Markham, Francis
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2019

In much of remote Australia where a sizable minority of Indigenous people live, labour markets are able to employ only a small fraction of the working-age Indigenous population, a legacy…

Standardized testing and school achievement: The case of Indigenous-language speaking students in remote Australia

  • Author: Curran, Georgia
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Published: 2019

Standardized testing and school achievement: The case of Indigenous-language speaking students in remote Australia

A case study of controversy: The Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy

  • Author: McCollow, John
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

The Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA) is a partnership between the Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET) and Good to Great Schools Australia (GGSA). The CYAAA has operated…

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