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IAS3303 Political Economy of Indigenous Australia
Credit Points: 15
Beginning with traditional Indigenous societies, this unit examines the history of dispossession, adaptation and renewal in the political economy of Indigenous Australians. It traces the alienation of land and resources, the co-option of Indigenous people into semi-feudal agricultural and domestic economies, and the construction of relations of dependence. A major focus of the unit is the 1967 Referendum, which largely destroyed the existing Indigenous political economy and led to increased dependence on government security on one hand and to the genesis of an Indigenous entrepreneurial ethic on the other. The unit explores the political and economic consequences of statutory and common law land rights and the potential for increased Indigenous participation in pastoralism, tourism, mining and a range of resource-based enterprises. A key theme in this unit is the tension between the potential for a unique Indigenous political economy and the continuing impact of social security dependence.

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This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
MIAABRIndigenous Studies Minor
MIAAHMIndigenous Studies Minor
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2013 VET: 20/05/2013