What are the enablers of economic participation in remote and very remote Australia; and how can we identify them?

McRae-Williams, Eva, Guenther, John, Jacobson, Damian and Lovell, Judith (2016) What are the enablers of economic participation in remote and very remote Australia; and how can we identify them? Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Synthesis and Integration]. ISSN 1329-1440 (online)

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Abstract

In this paper we discuss some of the key learnings from the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC REP), Remote Education Systems, Pathways to Employment and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism Product research projects. While we do not deny the importance of global markets for remote Australians, we see value in opportunity structures that move beyond the confines of traditional economic and human capital theories. It is through acknowledging and building on local residents’ social, identity, cultural and natural capital strengths that, we argue, has a greater potential for supporting increased economic engagement and sustainable participation. Framing our learnings through a theoretical lens of different forms of capital we argue that a shift in discourse from one of ‘disadvantage’ to one of remote advantage would be more supportive of education, employment and enterprise outcomes for local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander residents. While such a shift will not contribute significantly to the Gross National Product we argue that it would have important tangible and economic benefits for local people and the nation.

Item Type: Article
Field of Research: 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140199 Economic Theory not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Research Collaboration Area: Livelihoods
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2016 04:25
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 04:25
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/504

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