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Settler-colonial governmentality: The carceral webs woven by law and politics

  • Author: Anthony, Thalia
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2020

This chapter is concerned with the relationality of law and politics in historical and contemporary expressions of colonial sovereignty in the Northern Territory of Australia and how this weaves webs…

A right way, wrong way and better way for energy engineers to work with Aboriginal communities

  • Authors: Duff, Andrea, Hanchant-Nichols, Deanne, Bown, Brad, Gamage, Sithara H. P. W., Nixon, Bronte, Nisi, Petra, Boase, Jayne, Smith, Elizabeth
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

Aboriginal Australians have an intrinsic relationship to Country, kinship and community. The processes related to colonisation have decimated traditional lifestyles, ecology and even families. The challenge for energy engineers lies…

Mental health and mining: Research challenges and influences

  • Authors: James, Carole L., Rich, Jane Louise, Kelly, Brian
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2020

In Australia and internationally, rural-based industries are an important component of the national fabric, with meaningful contributions to socio-cultural, environmental and economic factors. Resources-based industries such as mining, gas, petroleum,…

“So Did You Find Any Culture Up Here Mate?”: Young Men, “Deficit” and Change

  • Author: Adgemis, Philip
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2020

This chapter addresses the reflexive dimensions of research with young Indigenous men in northern Australia. Adgemis charts his own realizations regarding Indigenous Australian stereotypes, violent realities of colonization and the…

Writing as kin: Producing ethical histories through collaboration in unexpected places. Researching F.W. Albrecht, assimilation policy and Lutheran experiments in Aboriginal education

  • Authors: Ellinghaus, Katherine, Judd, Barry
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2020

This chapter explores the possibilities of relationality through collaboration between an Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholar. It describes an attempt to move beyond the problematic ways in which Indigenous history has…

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…

“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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Preparing pre-service teachers to teach literacy in remote spaces

  • Authors: Rennie, Jennifer, Anderson, Peter J.
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

Remote Indigenous communities are often seen as challenging places in which to teach for a range of reasons. Student attendance is erratic, and teachers can feel that their work is…

A long unfinished struggle: Literacy and Indigenous cultural and language rights

  • Authors: Oldfield, Janine, Lo Bianco, Joseph
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2019

What counts as bilingual education for Australian Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory (NT) has varied significantly depending on geographical location and temporal context, Indigenous community involvement and the prevailing…

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…

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