Customary Land Tenure & Registration in Australia and Papua New Guinea

Customary Land Tenure & Registration in Australia and Papua New Guinea

Anthropological Perspectives

Edited by: James Weiner, Katie Glaskin

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The main theme of this volume is a discussion of the ways in which legal mechanisms, such as the Land Groups Incorporation Act (1974) in PNG, and the Native Title Act (1993) in Australia, do not, as they purport, serve merely to identify and register already-existing customary indigenous landowning groups in these countries. Because the legislation is an integral part of the way in which indigenous people are defined and managed in relation to the State, it serves to elicit particular responses in landowner organisation and self-identification on the part of indigenous people. These pieces of legislation actively contour the progressive evolution of landowner social, territorial and political organisation at all levels in these nation states. The contributors to this volume provide in-depth anthropological case studies of social structural and cultural transformations engendered by the confrontation between states, developers and indigenous communities over rights to customarily owned land.


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Jun 2007
Asia-Pacific Environment Monograph 3
ANU Press
Asia-Pacific Environment Monographs
Resources, Environment & Development (RE&D)
Law; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, Social Policy & Administration
Australia; Pacific: Papua New Guinea

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  1. Customary Land Tenure and Registration in Papua New Guinea and Australia: Anthropological Perspectives (PDF, 339KB)James F. Weiner and Katie Glaskin doi
  2. A Legal Regime for Issuing Group Titles to Customary Land: Lessons from the East Sepik (PDF, 161KB)Jim Fingleton doi
  3. Land, Customary and Non-Customary, in East New Britain (PDF, 154KB)Keir Martin doi
  4. Clan-Finding, Clan-Making and the Politics of Identity in a Papua New Guinea Mining Project (PDF, 457KB)Dan Jorgensen doi
  5. From Agency to Agents: Forging Landowner Identities in Porgera (PDF, 160KB)Alex Golub doi
  6. Incorporating Huli: Lessons from the Hides Licence Area (PDF, 758KB)Laurence Goldman doi
  7. The Foi Incorporated Land Group: Group Definition and Collective Action in the Kutubu Oil Project Area, Papua New Guinea (PDF, 159KB)James F. Weiner doi
  8. Local Custom and the Art of Land Group Boundary Maintenance in Papua New Guinea (PDF, 200KB)Colin Filer doi
  9. Determinacy of Groups and the ‘Owned Commons’ in Papua New Guinea and Torres Strait (PDF, 826KB)John Burton doi
  10. Outstation Incorporation as Precursor to a Prescribed Body Corporate (PDF, 410KB)Katie Glaskin doi
  11. The Measure of Dreams (PDF, 386KB)Derek Elias doi
  12. Laws and Strategies: The Contest to Protect Aboriginal Interests at Coronation Hill (PDF, 869KB)Robert Levitus doi
  13. A Regional Approach to Managing Aboriginal Land Title on Cape York (PDF, 558KB)Paul Memmott, Peter Blackwood and Scott McDougall doi

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