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The Australian National University

Ms Catherine Wohlan

Position: PhD candidate in Anthropology

School or Centre:

School of Archaeology & Anthropology


Thesis title: Economics and Social Change on the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia
The thesis is based on the study of outstations in the Beagle Bay area of the Dampier Peninsula. Outstations have suffered greater public scrutiny and funding restrictions after the dismantling of ATSIC and cut backs to CDEP. As pressure is brought to centralise Indigenous people in major town centres like Broome or Derby, outstation residents have remained on their ‘blocks' and are now attempting to access the mainstream economy, primarily through tourism. This thesis looks at the interaction between the customary, market and state based economy and how Indigenous people are making their outstations viable. 

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