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Allawah Grove Native Settlement: Housing and assimilation

Delmege, S. (2015) Allawah Grove Native Settlement: Housing and assimilation. Aboriginal History, 39 . pp. 83-108.

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It is well known that the rationale for state intervention in the lives of Indigenous Australians performed a volte face when 'assimilation' was adopted in 1937. By the 1960s, 'integration' had emerged as a preferred guiding principle, but the goal remained the same: to incorporate Aborigines within the broader community as self-directed social and economic equals. However, a fundamental lack of respect for Aboriginal culture, combined with the idea that 'part‑Aborigines' had no cultural heritage, ensured that Aboriginal identity, agency and autonomy were largely ignored. Since then, we have witnessed shifts to 'self-determination', 'reconciliation' and to 'closing the [health and well-being] gap', but there is still a long way to go before any of these principles are fully achieved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: ANU Press
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