Is 'Closing the Gap' Enough? Ngarrindjeri ontologies, reconciliation and caring for country

Daryle Rigney, Steven Hemming

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    This article is concerned with Ngarrindjeri nation building in the 'contact zone' with the Australian settler state by decentring the colonizer within a range of bureaucratic regimes. Ngarrindjeri engagement with natural resource and cultural heritage management will be used to illustrate the relationship between globalization, community governance, education, sustaining 'culture', Indigenous well-being, and reconciliation and its links to the Australian government Closing the Gap initiatives. This article connects Ngarrindjeri lived experience to the theorization of processes for self-recovery and social transformation that open possibilities for broad-based local and global coalitions, which include political solidarity in the interests of just Indigenous 'reinhabitation' and decolonization.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)536-545
    Number of pages10
    Issue number5
    Early online date2014
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


    • community development
    • contact zone
    • decolonization
    • heritage
    • identity
    • indigenous
    • natural resource management


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