Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development

Mia Mia (means home in Ballardong Noongar dialect) provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of community development from an Aboriginal perspective.

This book features contributions from some of Australia’s most eminent Aboriginal Indigenous scholars, Elders and Aboriginal community members alongside contributions from people currently practising community development. It offers comprehensive analysis of community development in Aboriginal communities, as well as practical strategies and tools for improvement, and takes a multidisciplinary approach to the topics of Aboriginal community development, Aboriginal history, cultural security and community studies. This book is a resource for tertiary education students, and for anyone with an interest in strengthening Aboriginal communities. Until recently, Aboriginal people have mainly been subjected to top-down developments, which have proven to be damaging to communities. This book offers an alternative to traditional approaches, promoting cultural security in order to empower Aboriginal people to strengthen their own communities. It includes chapters examining historical and contemporary Aboriginal conceptions of community development, and the effects of post-structuralism, post-modernism, globalisation and digital technology.

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