Empowering indigenous networks: collaborative governance and the development of a Racial Vilification Code in the Australian Football League

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Abstract

Few Indigenous Australians played Australian Rules football at the elite level before the 1980s. As the number of Indigenous players increased, a network of those who refused to accept on-field racial vilification developed. Opportunities for change were also seized by the Australian Football League, through a collaborative governance approach that empowered Indigenous players to inform strategies for reconciliation and education, and the development of anti-vilification rules. The case provides information about how governance structures may generate resources that improve socio-economic outcomes for indigenous and other disadvantaged people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-491
Number of pages20
JournalThe International Journal of the History of Sport
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Australian Rules football
  • collaborative governance
  • Indigenous Australians
  • institutional entrepreneur
  • racism

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