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The urban and regional segregation of indigenous Australians: Out of sight, out of mind?


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Atkinson, RG, Taylor, E and Walter, MM 2008 , The urban and regional segregation of indigenous Australians: Out of sight, out of mind?.

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That Indigenous Australians occupy the continent’s more
remote spaces appears as something of a self-evident
fact. In many ways this social and spatial disconnection
has become an increasingly important in explanations
for the dramatic gaps in life-chances and disadvantage
of Aboriginal Australians. Yet it also underlies commonsense
understandings of Indigeneity where it is seen as
intransigent and its problems self-inflicted as the result of not joining mainstream white culture and market-oriented
ways of being. Such perspectives lags a knowledge of the
real spatial distribution of Indigenous Australians across
its inner regional and urban areas. Life, for the majority
of the Australian Indigenous population is, in fact, urban,
and the lived experience of socio-economic disparities is
particularly acute between Indigenous and non-Indigenous
populations in urban locations. Yet such proximity is not
generally matched by daily social contact or the entwining
of white and black institutional contexts. Our analysis in
this paper highlights how it is that socio-economic exclusion and political marginalisation for Indigenous Australians continues in large part because it is out of the sight of white Australians even while residing side by side.

Item Type: Report (Discussion Paper)
Authors/Creators:Atkinson, RG and Taylor, E and Walter, MM
Keywords: Segregation, indigenous, urban
Publisher: Housing and Community Research Unit
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