Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers
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Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

This unique Research Handbook covers a wide range of issues that affect the careers of those in diverse groups: age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and transgender, as well as appearance. International experts from a variety of backgrounds contribute chapters in their given fields, reviewing current thinking, practices, initiatives and developments within the field, as well as presenting a wide-ranging and holistic coverage of the topic.
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Chapter 19: Aboriginal entrepreneurship: is it a career or a lifestyle change?

Dennis Foley


Aboriginal entrepreneurship is one of the fastest-growing areas of economic development as the shackles of colonisation with its association to poverty are shaken off. Colonisation with the dominance of one culture over has resulted in a loss of Indigenous social and human capitals within complicated Indigenous cultural capital systems, resulting in intergenerational genocide. Add the policies of new managerialism and neoliberalism to countries such as Canada, New Zealand and Australia, the result can be: welfare dependence cemented in colonial poverty; or lead a mundane life in a underachieving job usually as the token black in the civil service fulfilling an equity target; or start your own enterprise. Based on empirical evidence, financial independence for Indigenous people is self-determination. When you are financially independent you have control over your life. However, in the rush to achieve self-employment are we just buying ourselves a job? A career? This is the sociological issue that the author is questioning.

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