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Yolngu life in the Northern Territory of Australia: The Significance of Community and Social Capital

Christie, Michael J. and Greatorex, John (2004). Yolngu life in the Northern Territory of Australia: The Significance of Community and Social Capital. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration,26(1):55-69.

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Title Yolngu life in the Northern Territory of Australia: The Significance of Community and Social Capital
Author Christie, Michael J.
Greatorex, John
Journal Name Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0259-8272   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 55
End Page 69
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication Hong Kong
Publisher University of Hong Kong
Field of Research 1605 - Policy and Administration
1608 - Sociology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The notion of social capital has had wide currency in mainstream social policy debate in recent years, with commonly used definitions emphasising three factors: norms, networks and trust. Yolngu Aboriginal people have their own perspectives on norms, networks and trust relationships. This article uses concepts from Yolngu philosophy to explore these perspectives in three contexts: at the former mission settlements, at homeland centres, and among "long-grassers" in Darwin. The persistence of the components of social capital at different levels in particular contexts shorild be seen by government policy makers as an opportunity to engage in a social development dialogue with Yolngu, aimed at identifying the specific contexts in which Yolngu social capital can be maximised.
 
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