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Contractual coloniality : strategic state intervention in aboriginal governance

Hossain, Aysha (2003) Contractual coloniality : strategic state intervention in aboriginal governance. PhD thesis, Victoria University .

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Abstract

This thesis argues that certain strategic interventions in the delivery of services to Indigenous Australians employ rationalities congruent with colonial-settler governance. The Koori Services Improvement Strategy in the Australian State of Victoria is a case in point. Detailed examination of this strategy - understood as a set of specific technologies of power - raises questions about practical issues in Aboriginal governance, tensions within liberalism, the actual implications of neo-liberal techniques employed in human services, and the bearing these have on Aboriginal wellbeing. Following Michel Foucault's 'governmentality' approach, tools of discourse analysis and genealogy are used to address these questions and to investigate the limits and possibilities of such an approach to understanding Aboriginal governance.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aboriginal Australians, Government policy, Australia, Victoria, Social control, Power, kooris, indigenous Australians
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2010 23:14
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:44
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15606
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