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Mutual incomprehension: The cross cultural domain of work in a remote Australian Aboriginal community

McRae-Williams, Eva and Gerritsen, Rolf (2010). Mutual incomprehension: The cross cultural domain of work in a remote Australian Aboriginal community. International Indigenous Policy Journal,1(2):1-27.

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Title Mutual incomprehension: The cross cultural domain of work in a remote Australian Aboriginal community
Author McRae-Williams, Eva
Gerritsen, Rolf
Journal Name International Indigenous Policy Journal
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 1
Issue Number 2
Start Page 1
End Page 27
Total Pages 27
Place of Publication Canada
Publisher University of Western Ontario
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract This article is set within the context of concerns about Indigenous workforce participation disadvantage. It discusses conflicting life-worlds relating to work of both Aboriginal and non- Indigenous residents in Ngukurr, a remote community in South East Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory. It contrasts an Indigenous social culture of kinship and relatedness to a Western one where employment is central to identity and its formal rules shape behaviour. We investigate how these different social ideologies affect cross-cultural relationships and shape the formal employment domain in Ngukurr. Given that governments have moved to more assimilationist policies in recent years, there are important policy implications following from this mutual cultural incomprehension.
Keywords Australia
Aboriginal
Indigenous
employment
economic
policy
Additional Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
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URL http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/iipj/vol1/iss2/2/


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