Rethinking Aboriginal ‘Resistance’: The Community Development Employment (CEPD) Program

Rethinking Aboriginal ‘Resistance’: The Community Development Employment (CEPD) Program Journal Article

Oceania

  • Author(s): Tim Rowse
  • Published: 1993
  • Volume: 63

Abstract: In this paper I wish to contribute to an understanding of ‘Aboriginal resistance’ by a study of the politics of remote Aborigines' ‘employment’. I begin by highlighting some themes in recent discussions of the Community Development Employment Projects (cdep) policy, before looking back at some features of the welfare and pastoral economy in the Central Australian hinterland, c. 1950 to c. 1975. My aim is twofold: to show some of the cultural continuities in the relationships between remote Aborigines and government; and to criticise constructively the notion of ‘Aboriginal resistance’, to advocate a structural and processual notion of ‘resistance’ and to move away from one based on the clear identification of actors.

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Tim Rowse, 1993, Rethinking Aboriginal ‘Resistance’: The Community Development Employment (CEPD) Program, Volume:63, Journal Article, viewed 15 October 2019, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=12512.

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