As a result of self-determination policy, the 'Indigenous Sector' - thousands of Indigenous organisations established since the early 1970s - has flourished, enhancing the Indigenous capacity to make choices. Tim Rowse reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research's social scientific representation of the 'Indigenous interest' and argues that in any debate on the Indigenous future, we must also pay attention to what social scientists have to say.
Tim Rowse is in the History Program, Research School of Social Sciences, at the Australian National University. He studied at the University of Sydney and the Flinders University of South Australia, and he has taught and researched at Macquarie University, the University of Melbourne, the Menzies School of Health Research and the ANU. In pursuit of his academic and practical interests in Indigenous affairs, he lived for several years in Central Australia. Among his books are Remote Possibilities (1992), After Mabo (MUP, 1993), Traditions for Health (1996), White Flour, White Power (CUP, 1998) and Obliged to be Difficult (CUP, 2000). His biography of Dr HC Coombs will be published soon.