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People and Change in Indigenous Australia$
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Diane Austin-Broos and Francesca Merlan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824867966

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824867966.001.0001

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Mobility and the Education of Indigenous Youth Away from Remote Home Communities

Mobility and the Education of Indigenous Youth Away from Remote Home Communities

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(p.130) Chapter 7 Mobility and the Education of Indigenous Youth Away from Remote Home Communities
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People and Change in Indigenous Australia
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Cameo Dalley

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824867966.003.0008

Mobility has long been recognised as an integral dynamic in Indigenous lives. In Australia, the current model of education delivery is to provide opportunities for Indigenous youth to attend secondary boarding school away from their homes in remote communities. The goal is to provide high quality education and life experiences different to those available remotely. This paper uses the case study of the remote Indigenous community of Mornington Island in the northern Australia. It considers the conditions under which teenagers are sent to boarding school, and also the impacts of these experiences on their lives. Ultimately it argues that experiences outside communities can create expectations for more autonomous lives within communities themselves.

Keywords:   Indigenous Australia, education, mobility, boarding school, personhood

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