Aboriginal Australia

34222014_mIn Sociologic, there is a chapter written by the amazing Dr Nikki Moodie titles ‘Aboriginal Australia’.

This chapter places the contemporary challenges of Aboriginal Australia in a global and historical context. The issues facing Aboriginal people in Australia are similar to the issues faced by indigenous peoples around the world.

The history of imperialism, civil and human rights, policy and politics are drawn together, and some explanations are given for why indigenous people continue to have poorer health and economic outcomes globally.

You would have heard of the Close The Gap campaign that attempts to respond to these challenges.

In order to address the structural causes of inequality, it is necessary to interrogate and critique many of the taken-for-granted assumptions about how we put our world together—something this Sociologic (and this website) has challenged you to do from the very start. Ideas such as race are deeply embedded in our everyday life.

As such, achieving change in the very low life expectancy or poor educational outcomes for indigenous people cannot take place without understanding how those ideas are reproduced in the systems and institutions we work with every day. It is important to note that while many of the insights and arguments presented here apply to First Nations people globally, and both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, this chapter does not engage with the complexities of Torres Strait Islander cultures, perspectives and politics.

This chapter is an exploration of how the society we live in understands Australia’s Indigenous people, why ‘Indigenous disadvantage’ exists, and what can be done about it.

Additionally, here are some links to assist you in your research: