Evaluating fluid rules: engaging Aboriginal men in codes for Life

Thursday, 23 March 2017
Michael Liddle
Ruth Elvin

Codes for Life is a program being piloted in Alice Springs by and with Aboriginal men. The program is initially focused on men who are in corrections and rehabilitation programs; it seeks to increase the men’s capacity to think about the choices they are making in the multiple worlds they inhabit. On the assumption that the majority of Central Australian Aboriginal men are admirers of AFL, the program uses the AFL code of conduct as a medium through which the rules of Aboriginal and Western culture can be explored and understood as essential components of quality of life. The success of the program will determine how far the method can be used and in what range of situations, remote and urban.