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Adelaide Aborigines : a case study of urban life, 1966-1981

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Title: Adelaide Aborigines : a case study of urban life, 1966-1981
Author(s): Gale, Fay
Date published: 1982
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Development Studies Centre, Australian National University : distributed by ANU Press
This monograph describes the economic position of Aborigines living in an urban setting. Aborigines form a very small minority in Adelaide, a city of some one million inhabitants. The present social and economic situation of Adelaide Aborigines is compared with studies made in 1966 and 1973 and with the non-Aboriginal population. With a deteriorating economic climate in the city, especially as regards employment, Aborigines have bad difficulty in maintaining the advantage they acquired by migrating to the city in earlier decades. In contrast to the situation of the 1960s they do not now appear to be better off economically than their rural counterparts. City people have developed various strategies to prevent them slipping even further down the poverty scale. The special Aboriginal services, especially in areas such as housing, have been important in preventing them from losing ground in economic terms. Their extremely high rates of unemployment are evidence of their social disadvantages as a minority group.


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