Dreams and aspirations of mobile young Aboriginal Australian people

Dreams and aspirations of mobile young Aboriginal Australian people Journal Article

Journal of Youth Studies

  • Author(s): Amy Parkes, Eva McRae-Williams, Deirdre Tedmanson
  • Published: 2014
  • Volume: 18

Abstract: This article explores the dreams and aspirations of mobile young Aboriginal Australian people aged between 13 and 25 years, who move in, out and through remote, regional and urban locations. Considering dreams and aspirations in the context of cultural difference is the central focus of this article, which uses a critical and deconstructive approach to the Eurocentric conceptualisation of youth policy terminology in Australia. Participatory and ethnographic techniques were used for this research study which engaged directly with mobile young Aboriginal Australian people. Through exploring the dreams and aspirations of this cohort of participants, this study challenges popular stereotypes depicting young Aboriginal Australian people as delinquent and disengaged. All young participants in this study expressed the dream of wanting to contribute positively to society. Aspirations for the future were expressed and formed by a set of values which were found not to reflect dominant cultural assumptions of successful transitions into adulthood.

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Amy Parkes, Eva McRae-Williams, Deirdre Tedmanson, 2014, Dreams and aspirations of mobile young Aboriginal Australian people, Volume:18, Journal Article, viewed 18 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=2714.

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