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Which way that empowerment? Aboriginal women's narratives of empowerment

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Bronwyn FredericksBronwyn Fredericks
Empowerment is a complex concept that draws on education, psychological, social learning, social-structure and socio-ecological theories from a range of disciplines. It has multiple applications and its approaches can be used to highlight and address power relations, social exclusion, marginalisation and inequity. Despite this, the word empowerment is often misunderstood and in Australia its use is often framed from within the dominant culture. There are a limited number of studies that explore what Aboriginal Australians understand empowerment for themselves. This article presents the narratives from in-depth, semi-structured, face-to-face interviews with Aboriginal women in Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Their words resonate some of their experiences and understandings of empowerment and the on-going impacts of Australia’s colonial history on their everyday lives and why empowerment approaches are vital.

History

Volume

4

Issue

2

Start Page

6

End Page

19

Number of Pages

14

eISSN

1174-1740

ISSN

1177-1801

Location

New Zealand

Publisher

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Centre of Research Excellence, University of Auckland

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Monash University; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

AlterNative