The housing careers of Indigenous urban households

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Author(s): Christina Birdsall-Jones; Vanessa Corunna
Description: The setting of Indigenous social life in the towns and cities of Western Australia is the family community. The family community is an assemblage of kinsfolk who cooperate over time and distance economically, socially and politically. Housing is an integral feature of the economy of the family community in that the homes that belong to kinsfolk, whether rental or owned, constitute a resource open to use by the membership of the family community. People live primarily at one place, but may be welcomed as residents at one another's homes for reasons originating in the need to maintain kin associations, or through lack of any available housing alternatives. The idea of being a part of a family community is among the most strongly held elements of Indigenous identity. The provision of housing to kinsfolk is one expression of this identity. The housing careers of Indigenous people will therefore be differentiated from those of non-Indigenous Australians by the ongoing involvement of kinsfolk in each other's housing careers, often as co-residents at varying times and for varying periods of time.
Citation: Birdsall-Jones, C., Corunna, V. (2008) The housing careers of Indigenous urban households, AHURI Final Report No. 112, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/112.
Date published: 29 Feb 2008
Publication type: Final Report 112
Project title: The housing careers of Indigenous urban households (Project number: 80317)
Related publications: Understanding the housing careers and aspirations of urban Indigenous households (Research and Policy Bulletin)
Aboriginal housing careers in Western Australian towns and cities (Positioning Paper)
Published by: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited
ISSN: 1834-7223
ISBN: 1 921201 54 1