Remote Aboriginal women and meaningful work: key dimensions for Ngaanyatjarra women
AffiliationMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypePhD thesis
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2018 Dr. Rosalind Beadle
This study depicts how Ngaanyatjarra women in a remote Aboriginal Australian community collectively initiated, developed and managed a suite of community service activities. It describes the development of the activities, a supportive workplace and a worker role meaningful and congruent with the social and cultural contexts of their lives. Using ethnographic methods, it outlines the women's activities and their descriptions and interpretations of these to reveal key dimensions of meaningful work and effective workplace structures and processes that enabled productive work engagement. The epistemological foundations of the research, based on a call for ethnographic research to be “inherently advocative” and emergent from “community-defined needs” (American Anthropological Association, 2002), reveals important insights for politicians, policy and program developers about productive and meaningful work for Aboriginal women in remote communities with crucial implications for government policy linking income security with work engagement.
Keywordsremote Aboriginal; Ngaanyatjarra; workforce participation; entrepreneurship; collaborative ethnography; Indigenous policy
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