Statistics about the customary sector of the Indigenous economy: Survey, policy and political implications

This paper was presented by Jon Altman at the 'Social Science Perspectives on the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey' conference, 11-12 April 2001, The Australian National University, Canberra. The session title was 'Income, work and engagement in market and non-market activities'.

Jon Altman is a research professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University (ANU), where he was foundation Director from 1990 to 2010. His disciplinary background is in economics and anthropology although in recent years he has veered to political ecology and critical anthropology of development. Jon has diverse research interests currently focused on economic hybridity, property rights and appropriate development in very remote regions; he has had a long standing interest in a national Indigenous survey instrument extending back over 20 years.

Concluding commentary is by C. Matthew Snipp, Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Sociology and Director, Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University.

An audio recording and presentation slides from the session can be downloaded below.

Date & time

Tue 12 Apr 2011, 12.30–2pm


Haydon-Allen Tank, The Australian National University, Canberra.

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