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Aboriginal Autonomy : Issues and Strategies - Herbert Cole Coombs

Aboriginal Autonomy

Issues and Strategies

By: Herbert Cole Coombs, Mick Dodson (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 17th October 1994
ISBN: 9780521446372
Number Of Pages: 268

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After more than two hundred years of white colonisation, one of the most important moral issues facing Australian society remains the need for reconciliation with indigenous Australians. In these essays H.C. Coombs reflects on the nature of Aboriginal identity and the ongoing importance of autonomy for contemporary Aboriginal society. He also suggests strategies by which self-determination meaningful to Aboriginal people might be achieved in practice.

Some of the chapters have been written especially for this volume, including one in which Dr. Coombs makes a thoughtful and provocative contribution to the Mabo debate, linking the High Court's historic decision to prospects for Aboriginal autonomy.

Dr Coombs writes with the conviction that 'mainstream' Australia stands to gain as much as Aboriginal people, if not more, from the fulfillment of Aboriginal aspirations. It is a personal and passionate plea for a just society, from one of Australia's most influential and eloquent advocates of the rights of indigenous people.

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'... fine blend of academic (mainly anthropological) writing and a passionate political plea for a just society in which there must be room for autonomy for the indigenous population.' Bijdragen

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
The Aboriginal World View
The making of Aboriginal identityp. 2
Aborigines and the Land
The future of the homeland movementp. 24
Warlpiri land use and managementp. 32
The implications of land rightsp. 39
Aboriginal Lifestyles
Economic, social and spiritual factors in Aboriginal healthp. 54
Aboriginal education and the issues underlying Aboriginal deaths in custodyp. 66
Aboriginal work and economyp. 76
Aborigines, Resources and Development
The ideology of development in the East Kimberleyp. 86
Aborigines and resources: from 'humbug' to negotiationp. 100
The McArthur River development: a case in pointp. 111
Aborigines, Law and the State
The Yirrkala proposals for the control of law and orderp. 118
Aboriginal political leadership and the role of the National Aboriginal Conferencep. 131
Aborigines and the Treaty of Waitangip. 143
Asserting Autonomy: Recent Aboriginal Initiatives
Aboriginal initiatives on the landp. 156
Initiatives in Aboriginal political organisationp. 171
Education: taking controlp. 187
The Recognition of Native Title
The Mabo decision: a basis for Aboriginal autonomy?p. 200
Conclusion
Negotiating future autonomyp. 220
The Eva Valley Statementp. 231
Referencesp. 235
Select Bibliography of workp. 241
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780521446372
ISBN-10: 0521446376
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 17th October 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41

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