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This paper will discuss what is commonly referred to as ‘indigenous’ people, in accordance to self identification as well as objective definition. It will view the historical development of neo-liberal policies in economics as the current dominating perspective on development and what this means to ‘indigenous’ health and welfare.
In addition it will also examine the role of liberal economics, as being the most influential paradigm on policies regarding those who have been and continue to be marginalised in post colonial societies and the impact of this model on communities. Furthermore it will also seek to compare the mainstream narratives regarding these issues, with the actual steps being taken to implement them into action.
This essay will argue that the ‘indigenous’ health issue is something which needs to be addressed via a holistic discourse which considers the issue of discrimination, social exclusion, limited access and ‘indigenous’ rights. Further it will demonstrate the contradiction in development policies, both historically and theoretically, in comparison to their intended purpose and display how the very system which is expected to serve society eventuates in serving mainly a class socially excluded at the top, further polarising the underclass.
Background on Indigeneity
There are up to 350 million people in the world today, spread over 5000 groups in 77 countries which can be considered ‘indigenous’. It is by general preference at international level that Indigeneity not be defined, but rather, an ‘indigenous’ person is identified by 2 fundamental virtues: an ‘indigenous’ person is first, he/she who identifies as such and second, is identified by the community as a member.
Further to this however there are other factors which contribute to a definition if one is required to be... [continues]
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