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Peter Sutton highlights fundamental anthropological issues concerned with customary rights, kinship, identity and spirituality that are highly relevant to land claim cases. Native land claims continue to be one of the most controversial political, legal and moral issues in contemporary Australia. Ever since the High Court's Mabo decision of 1992, the attempt to understand and adapt "native title" to different contexts and claims has been an ongoing concern for all involved.Read more
- A comprehensive account of Aboriginal land tenure systems using a historical perspective
- Introduces the non-specialist reader to a complex field in clear language
- Offers anthropological and legal specialists critical analyses of the topics at the heart of proof and recognition of native title
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Review of the hardback: '… it is good to have this comprehensive oeuvre. Anthropologists engaged in native title work will find it indispensable.' Anthropos
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- Date Published: August 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521011907
- length: 304 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.45kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of figures
1. Kinds of rights in country
2. Local organisation before the land claims era
3. Aboriginal country groups
4. Atomism versus collectivism
5. Underlying and proximate customary titles
6. The system question
7. Kinship, filiation and Aboriginal land tenure
8. Families of polity
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