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The calculus of reciprocity: Principles and implications of Aboriginal sharing

Schwab, Robert

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Over the past two decades a rapidly expanding body of policy research has emerged related to the place of Indigenous Australians in the wider economy. Traditionally, the policy focus of much of that research has been on formal supply-side and demand-side issues, while the microscopic, cultural experience of Indigenous Australians has tended to be overlooked. This paper attempts to shift the focus of research to a higher level of resolution to examine one of the prominent cultural factors that...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSchwab, Robert
dc.contributor.otherAustralian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
dc.coverage.spatialAustralia
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-26T01:56:01Z
dc.date.available2018-07-26T01:56:01Z
dc.date.created1995
dc.identifier.isbn0-7315-1774-1
dc.identifier.issn1036 1774
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/145530
dc.description.abstractOver the past two decades a rapidly expanding body of policy research has emerged related to the place of Indigenous Australians in the wider economy. Traditionally, the policy focus of much of that research has been on formal supply-side and demand-side issues, while the microscopic, cultural experience of Indigenous Australians has tended to be overlooked. This paper attempts to shift the focus of research to a higher level of resolution to examine one of the prominent cultural factors that affects the position of Aboriginal Australians in the wider economy: reciprocity. Drawing on ethnographic evidence, the paper first sketches the broad cultural patterns of sharing and reciprocity in Aboriginal communities. It then goes on to demonstrate that the notions of sharing that underlie the act of sharing are part of a complex cultural system involving a calculus of reciprocity in which individuals and groups make decisions regarding the provision of economic assistance to one another but also variously display, shape or deny social alliances. Some of the key features of that system are illustrated through the identification and exploration of a set of 'principles of reciprocity'. The paper concludes with a discussion of general implications of the principles of reciprocity relevant to policy and research related to poverty, housing, labour market participation and family welfare.
dc.format.extent24 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT : Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University); No. 100/1995
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dc.titleThe calculus of reciprocity: Principles and implications of Aboriginal sharing
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.identifier.absfor169902 - Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
local.type.statusPublished Version
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePermission to deposit in Open Research received from CAEPR (ERMS2230079)
CollectionsANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)

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