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Ideology in public policy: an examination of aggressive paternalism and enculturation in indigenous assistance programs
International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Lester J Thompson, Queensland University of Technology
  • Richard Hil, Queensland University of Technology
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2007
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract

Although Australian Government officially rejected a paternal assimilation strategyaspublic policy in the late 1960s, its policy increasingly encourages Indigenous people toadopt 'mainstream' values and objectives. This paper examines contemporary Australian policy directions for their desire to promote conformity. By exploring recent policy responses to Indigenous affairs it considers the resistance that ideologically-imposed objectives foment in subject populations. The paper highlights the weakness of coercive approachesto public policy. The discussion concludes that imposed problem definitions and solutionswill not satisfy the needs that liberal traditions uphold as the social agenda of westerndemocratic Government. More importantly, they fail to address the needs and aspirations of Australia's Indigenous people in any meaningful way.

Citation Information

Thompson, LJ & Hil, R 2007, 'Ideology in public policy: an examination of aggressive paternalism and enculturation in indigenous assistance programs', International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 421-429.