The Social effects of Native Title

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					The Social effecTS of NaTive TiTle
                                     The Social effects of Native Title
                                     Recognition, Translation, coexistence
                                     Benjamin R. Smith and Frances Morphy (Editors)
                                     The papers in this collection reflect on the various social effects of native title. In
                                     particular, the authors consider the ways in which the implementation of the Native
                                     Title Act 1993 (Cwlth), and the native title process for which this Act legislates, allow
                                     for the recognition and translation of Aboriginal law and custom, and facilitate
                                     particular kinds of coexistence between Aboriginal title holders and other Australians.
                                     In so doing, the authors seek to extend the debate on native title beyond questions of
                                     practice and towards an improved understanding of the effects of native title on the
                                     social lives of Indigenous Australians and on Australian society more generally.
                                     These attempts to grapple with the effects of native title have, in part, been impelled
                                     by Indigenous people’s complaints about the Act and the native title process. Since
                                     the Act was passed, many Indigenous Australians have become increasingly unhappy
                                     with both the strength and forms of recognition afforded to traditional law and
                                     custom under the Act, as well as the with socially disruptive effects of the native title
                                     process. In particular, as several of the papers in this collection demonstrate, there is
                                     widespread discomfort with the transformative effects of recognition within the native
                                     title process, effects which can then affect other aspects of Indigenous lives.

                                                        ISBN 9781921313516 $24.95 (GST inclusive)
                                                        ISBN 9781921313523 (Online)
                                                        First published October 2007


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