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The impact of advances and challenges of bush internet cnnectivity for women in agriculture in Queensland, Australia

  • Author: Hay, Rachel
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2021

Adoption of agricultural technology such as remote cameras, remote weather stations, bore cameras, and other livestock management systems in the Queensland, Australian beef industry is inconsistent. Marketing of these technologies…

Ameliorating digital inequalities in remote Australia

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Young, Metta, Smede, Ben
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2021

While most of the Australian population now has access to high-speed broadband internet and is making increasing use of the opportunities it creates for education, remote work, telehealth, and social…

Encountering cultural dissonance, racial stereotypes and racism at school

  • Author: O’Bryan, Marnie
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2021

This chapter looks at racism. Most participants in this study reported that awareness of their distinct identity as a First Nations person, and tension engendered by the dissonance between their…

Pulse and pause: Researching the economic future of northern and remote Australia

  • Author: Gerritsen, Rolf
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

With the current federal government interest in northern development (Australian Government, 2014), the opportunity supposedly exists both to position remote and Northern Australia for a prosperous and sustainable future and…

Other views of northern Australian aspirations: Pre-notions, ideologies and remoteness

  • Authors: Lovell, Judith, Zoellner, Don
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

This chapter explores ideology and remoteness through the configuration of markets and non-markets that operate in a sparsely settled region in Northern Australia. As non-Indigenous researchers analysing data from Aboriginal…

Night Patrols: Mobilising collective efficacy in Indigenous communities

  • Authors: Scott, John, Sims, Margaret, Cooper, Trudi, Barclay, Elaine
  • Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
  • Published: 2021

On one level, motor vehicles might represent the possibility of unfettered freedom, escape (from government authority) and autonomy through providing work and leisure opportunities. On another level, in remote places,…

Can boarding be better? Ethical dilemmas for policy-makers, education providers and evidence-makers

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Osborne, Sam
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2021

Boarding schools have played an important role for much of Australia’s colonised history. But in recent years attention has shifted to the role of boarding schools particularly for rural and…

Bush medicine knowledge and use among young Kriol speakers in Ngukurr

  • Author: Dickson, Greg
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

In 2013, in a Ngukurr backyard, I was preparing to interview a young mother about her knowledge and use of bush medicine. It was a familiar remote community scene—outdoor social…

Opportunities and barriers for degrowth in remote tourism destinations: overcoming regional inequalities?

  • Authors: Carson, Dean, Carson, Doris
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2021

The sustainability of tourism is increasingly under question given the challenges of overtourism, COVID-19 and the contribution of tourism to climate and environmental change. Degrowth and Tourism provides an original…

Housing waste in remote Indigenous Australia

  • Authors: Grealy, Liam, Lea, Tess
  • Publisher: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group
  • Published: 2021

(Book abstract) This book investigates the complex and unpredictable temporalities of waste. Reflecting on waste in the context of sustainability, materiality, social practices, subjectivity, and environmental challenges, the book covers…

Introduction: Aboriginal youth in the Northern Territory: Disadvantage, control and hope

  • Authors: Senior, Kate, Chenall, Richard, Burbank, Victoria
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

Young people are poised on the brink of maturity, of arriving at a life stage in which they are best able to contribute to the wellbeing of humankind or to…

Killing two birds with one stone: Developing Northern Australian adaptive capabilities to sustainably develop competent and thriving communities capable of responding effectively to natural hazards

  • Authors: Buergelt, Petra T, Paton, Douglas, Campbell, Andrew, Cottrell, Alison, James, Helen
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

Northern Australia has the potential to become a powerhouse within Australia (Australian Government, 2015). However, as the same report pointed out, the realisation of this potential is threatened by Northern…

The state’s selective absence: Extractive capitalism, mining juniors and Indigenous interests in the Northern Territory

  • Author: Holcombe, Sarah
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

This chapter will explore the case of one such company seeking to operate in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia, which, for ethical reasons I will refer to as ‘Top…

Nothing about us without us: Co-creation with communities for impact assessment

  • Authors: Gattenhof, Sandra, Hancox, Donna, Klaebe, Helen, Mackay, Sasha
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2021

The frameworks for regional and remote arts funding and delivery have shifted along a continuum of community ownership to fly-in-fly-out arts events, and with each change, the approaches to community…

Aboriginal agency, knowledge, and voice: Centring Kulintja southern methodologies

  • Author: Osborne, Samuel
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2021

Indigenous scholars continue to argue for decolonial approaches to research in Indigenous communities. This work involves challenging accepted institutionally generated ‘truths’ about Indigenous experiences and realities – often framed in…

‘They don’t dance corroboree any more’: Youth relations to authority, leadership and civic responsibility in a remote Aboriginal community

  • Authors: Senior, Kate, Chenhall, Richard, Daniels, Daphne
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

Introduction: This study of young people’s leadership aspirations begins with a corroboree, which was part of the initiation ceremony for three young boys. This was the final corroboree before the…

Growing up fast in two remote Aboriginal communities

  • Author: McMullen, Sue
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

In this chapter, I focus on how young Aboriginal women find sexual partners, often with a view to marriage and child-bearing, in two communities. The first is a remote Aboriginal…

First person: Haste, hope and hubris

  • Author: O’Bryan, Marnie
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2021

In this chapter engages with the life narrative of a young man from very remote Australia who transitioned to boarding school, to university and back home again. His account highlights…

The state’s stakes at the Century Mine, 1992–2012

  • Authors: Everingham, Jo-Anne, Trigger, David, Keenan, Julia
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

This chapter examines the changing presence of the state experienced in the lower gulf region of Queensland during the 20 years from 1992 when the High Court made its historic…

Sawyer’s story: Guidance and control of adolescents in a remote Aboriginal community

  • Author: Burbank, Victoria
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

Remote Aboriginal communities in Australia have not been exempt from the rapid and radical changes that have characterised recent human history (e.g. Rowse 2017). While much of this change has…

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