Online from: 2012
Subject Area: Organization Studies
Options: To add Favourites and Table of Contents Alerts please take a Emerald profile
|Title:||The personality of public documents: a case study in normalising Aboriginal risk|
|Author(s):||Patrick Sullivan, (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra, Australia)|
|Citation:||Patrick Sullivan, (2012) "The personality of public documents: a case study in normalising Aboriginal risk", Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Vol. 1 Iss: 1, pp.52 - 61|
|Keywords:||Aboriginal Australia, Australia, Australian Aboriginals, Ethnography, Government policy, Public documents, Social policy|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/20466741211220651 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential usefulness of public documents as subjects of ethnography and propose that public documents offer a way to understand modern cultures. It examines the multiple personalities brought into being through the dissemination of policy documents. It shows how the ritual use of policy pronouncements manages the arena of social crisis and normalises the subjects of policy.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper examines three statements of intent produced by the Council of Australian Governments about relations between the majority settlers and the Aboriginal peoples. These are the 1992
Findings – If the virtual communities of public documents are analysed as if they could be self-generating and self-referring, they can show us through their internal structure a different, possibly deeper, truth about their origins than if we view them as a mere artefact or by-product of the cultures that produce them.
Originality/value – The paper encourages the development of a field of ethnography that analyses public documents as constructed virtual worlds.
To purchase this item please login or register.
Complete and print this form to request this document from your librarian