Dialoging citizenship in Queensland: the ability to engage or estrange

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Corcoran, Tim (2005) Dialoging citizenship in Queensland: the ability to engage or estrange. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Engaging Communities. Gardiner, Dave and Scott, Kate, eds. Queensland Department of Main Roads, Brisbane.


This paper considers several discursive processes involved in an example of citizen–government dialogue. The relationship enacted occurs daily in each of our communities andhere involves samples of Queensland legislative practice, representing the government’sposition, and excerpts from interviews undertaken with young males who have experiencedeither formal school exclusion or first-time incarceration. Constructions of identity, central tothe concept of citizenship, are explored through two prominent discourses signalled in theexchange: individualism and moral/behavioural. These dialogue-based relationships offerdescriptive insight into processes through which marginalisation occur yet they also disclosevaluable options for sustaining ongoing conversation. As institutions of the twenty-first centuryreposition to embrace a more participatory operational charter it is suggested that practices of sanctioned exclusion will exemplify a state’s governance ethos. In this case, the business of exclusion will remain evidence enough as to the ability of government to engage or estrange members of their community. --Conference held Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, 14-17 August, 2005. An initiative of the United Nations and the Queensland Government.

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24781
Official URL http://www.engagingcommunities2005.org/abstracts/C...
ISBN 1920719032
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Historical > FOR Classification > 2004 Linguistics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords dialoguing, dialogue, discourse, active citizenship, social exclusion, relational responsibility, language, relationships, citizens, participation, engagement, penalties, sentences, school exclusion, community participation, legislation, empowerment, Education (General Provisions) Act, Penalties and Sentences Act, Queensland
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