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“Measuring the unmeasurable”: an ethnography of whiteness in the context of Indigenous project implementation, evaluation and justification

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7th October 2011

PhD Confirmation of Candidature

Presented by - Rachel McMahon

Abstract:
This research is an anthropological analysis of whiteness: an ethnography of the implementation and evaluation of four Indigenous focussed projects from the perspective of the implementers, within the context of whiteness.  Each project is utilising an individualised quality of life measurement tool, the schedule of the evaluation of individual quality of life, direct weighting (SEIQoL-DW), to help measure their efficacy.  This thesis will examine the projects, their premises, purposes and implementation from the perspective of the implementers, and analyse the motive, utility and validity of using an individualised quality of life measurement as a tool for evaluation.  An analysis of the culture of implementation and evaluation of these projects, including frictions and resistance within the projects’ implementation, will thus inform an understanding of the dynamics of whiteness. 

Biography:
Rachael has a background in development studies, with a strong influence of Anthropology.  She was a nurse in aged care and mental health rehabilitation before entering into the field of project management, which she is still working in.

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