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Indigenous entrepreneurship: Closing the gap on local terms

Brueckner, M., Spencer, R.ORCID: 0000-0001-7910-7844, Wise, G. and Marika, B. (2014) Indigenous entrepreneurship: Closing the gap on local terms. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 17 (2). pp. 2-24.



Within the federal government ‘Closing the Gap’ policy context this paper reports on local entrepreneurial activities by local Yolngu people in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Particular attention is directed to members of the Rirratjingu clan in the town of Yirrkala. We describe how the activities of a local social enterprise offer pathways for the creation of income, employment and social capital within the local community and where the protection of cultural vitality and integrity is axiomatic. The findings point to the need for more flexible policy approaches, to enable the establishment and growth of Indigenous business activities outside the economic mainstream. We echo the calls in the literature for policy support for what has been described as the ‘hybrid economy’, which allows for participation in both economic and cultural activities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Monash University. Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies. School of Applied Media and Social Sciences
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