P29
Fission and collision: disputation over native title boundaries and group membership

Convenors:
Timothy Pilbrow (First Nations Legal & Research Services )
Format:
Panels
Location:
The Cairns Institute, D3-059
Sessions:
Wednesday 5 December, 11:15-12:45, 14:00-15:30

Short abstract:

This panel seeks papers with a strong ethnographic focus upon conflict and disputation but which also offer enhanced theoretical understandings of, and practice-based approaches to, these kinds of conflict.

Long abstract:

Native title practitioners are continually engaged with claimant disputes revolving around two major issues: boundaries of social groups and boundaries of country. These schismatic processes occur across a range of levels from the micro-social disputes between close kin, sometimes with different purported landed identities, through to local estate, language and regional group levels. Different aspects of these disputes, ranging from the consideration of more endogenous political processes to analyses of lateral violence and conflict-generating state regimes, have been addressed in many fora and research publications since the earliest years of native title practice (Smith and Finlayson 1997, Jones 2002, Correy, McCarthy and Redmond 2006, Burnside 2013). The consistent research and administrative/legal focus upon conflict and disputation attests to its fraught social importance for all parties within the native title arena. This panel seeks papers with a strong ethnographic focus upon conflict and disputation but which also offer enhanced theoretical understandings of, and practice-based approaches to, these kinds of conflict.