Visions and violence of policy: An ethnography of Indigenous Affairs bureaucratic reform in the Northern Territory of Australia

Visions and violence of policy: An ethnography of Indigenous Affairs bureaucratic reform in the Northern Territory of Australia Thesis

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Author(s): Michel, Thomas
  • Published: 2019
  • Publisher: University of Sydney

Abstract: My contribution to the discussion around the 2008 shires reform will attempt to move beyond both an instrumental evaluation of policy and a simple critical understanding of policy as a reflection of social power structures. Instead I apply a cultural-ethnographic focus on minor events, and a conceptualisation of the shires reform as a layer in a larger policy “assemblage”. This allows for a more open-ended analysis of the complexities of a policy reform process in an intercultural setting, with blurred boundaries between intrinsic and extrinsic forces. My thesis thus assembles some minor stories of other agential forces in policy: the hostile Indigenous community resident, a pastoral property map, rebellious cyborgs, cows, rivers, distance, dirt.

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Michel, Thomas, 2019, Visions and violence of policy: An ethnography of Indigenous Affairs bureaucratic reform in the Northern Territory of Australia, Thesis, viewed 18 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=15311.

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