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Connection to Land and Sea at Erub, Torres Strait

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dc.contributor.author Scott, Colin en_US
dc.contributor.author Mulrennan, Monica en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:40:04Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:40:04Z
dc.date.issued 1998 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1844
dc.description.abstract "In this paper we examine the relationship of indigenous, ethnological, and legal discourses in the definition of rights to land and sea among Torres Strait Islanders in northern Australia. In Australia, to a greater extent than in Canada or in any other settler state, the rules and customs of indigenous tenure systems are legally regarded as the source and test for state recognition of native title. The native claims process routinely depends on a combination of indigenous and anthropological documentation and testimony to formulate jurisprudence on the validity of claims. Hence, a three-cornered discourse - indigenous, ethnological, and legal - is shaping the emergent realities of property, boundaries, and territories in contemporary Australia. "Our presentation takes us first through a consideration of general perspectives that have been applied in recent years to understanding the connection of people -- and peoples -- to their lands and seas. Next, we turn to a brief ethnography of customary tenure at Erub (Darnley Island), in the East Torres Strait, and some aspects of the colonial legacy. Finally, we discuss the post-Mabo legal-political setting and consider the interaction of state 'law' and islander 'custom'." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources--case studies en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject Aborigines en_US
dc.subject customary law en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject water resources en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.title Connection to Land and Sea at Erub, Torres Strait en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Pacific and Australia en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Crossing Boundaries, the Seventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada en_US
dc.submitter.email hess@indiana.edu en_US

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