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Statistical equality and cultural difference in Indigenous wellbeing frameworks: A new expression of an enduring debate

Jordan, Kirrily; Bulloch, Hannah; Buchanan, Geoff

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Recent years have seen a burgeoning interest in developing indicator frameworks for 'Indigenous wellbeing'. Implicit in each of the frameworks are particular conceptions of what constitutes the 'good life' for Indigenous peoples and what 'Indigenous development' should entail. In developing these frameworks, then, certain judgements must be made about whether statistical equality should be prioritised as a 'development' goal. This issue has generated long-standing debate and in this context...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorJordan, Kirrily
dc.contributor.authorBulloch, Hannah
dc.contributor.authorBuchanan, Geoff
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:25:02Z
dc.identifier.issn0157-6321
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/53310
dc.description.abstractRecent years have seen a burgeoning interest in developing indicator frameworks for 'Indigenous wellbeing'. Implicit in each of the frameworks are particular conceptions of what constitutes the 'good life' for Indigenous peoples and what 'Indigenous development' should entail. In developing these frameworks, then, certain judgements must be made about whether statistical equality should be prioritised as a 'development' goal. This issue has generated long-standing debate and in this context must be broached anew. In this paper we briefly examine the growing interest in Indigenous wellbeing and outline three prominent indicator frameworks: the Productivity Commission's indicators for 'Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage'; the 'capability indicators' developed by the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership; and the indicators of wellbeing developed by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The first prioritises statistical equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians; the second adds a concern with 'capabilities'; and the last emphasises the importance of distinct cultural preferences. We offer an assessment of these approaches, drawing in part on Amartya Sen's work. We argue that in seeking to improve the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, policy-makers should not only make their own normative assumptions clear, but also be aware of the implications of their decisions for constituents with different worldviews.
dc.publisherAustralian Council of Social Services
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Social Issues
dc.source.urihttp://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=414770921821552;res=IELFSC
dc.subjectKeywords: Capability approach; Indigenous australia; Wellbeing
dc.titleStatistical equality and cultural difference in Indigenous wellbeing frameworks: A new expression of an enduring debate
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume45
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor169902 - Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
local.identifier.absfor160501 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
local.identifier.absfor140299 - Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu8100238xPUB270
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationJordan, Kirrily, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBulloch, Hannah, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBuchanan, Geoff, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage333
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage362
local.identifier.absseo940102 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare
local.identifier.absseo920301 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health
local.identifier.absseo940204 - Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:38:32Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-78149267417
local.identifier.thomsonID000208409400003
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