Journal article

Non-Indigenous Australians and the "Responsibility to Engage'?

Tom Clark, Ravi de Costa, Sarah Maddison

JOURNAL OF INTERCULTURAL STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

National projects of reconciliation in settler colonial countries such as Australia are predicated on assumptions about non-Indigenous willingness to engage with the cultures and histories of Indigenous peoples. However, empirical research consistently finds such attitudes are far from universal. This article reports findings from focus groups with non-Indigenous peoples conducted at four locations around Australia during 2014. The goal was to see what ‘emergent’ discourses of reconciliation lay in the quotidian lives of non-Indigenous Australians. As with a comparable study conducted in Canada, this research used a poetics-rich approach to critical discourse analysis of the focus group disc..

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Grants

Awarded by Discovery programme of the Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are co-investigators on a research project funded by the Discovery programme of the Australian Research Council [Discovery Project: DP140102143] to scope 'Non-Indigenous Pathways to Reconciliation in Australia'.