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Land, Indigenous Peoples and Conflict

1st Edition

Edited by Alan C. Tidwell, Barry Scott Zellen


250 pages

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Land, Indigenous Peoples and Conflict presents an original comparative study of indigenous land and property rights worldwide. The book explores how the ongoing constitutional, legal and political integration of indigenous peoples into contemporary society has impacted on indigenous institutions and structures for managing land and property. This book details some of the common problems experienced by indigenous peoples throughout the world, providing lessons and insights from conflict resolution that may find application in other conflicts including inter-state and civil and sectarian conflicts.

An interdisciplinary group of contributors present specific case material from indigenous land conflicts from the South Pacific, Australasia, South East Asia, Africa, North and South America, and northern Eurasia. These regional cases discuss issues such as modernization, the evolution of systems and institutions regulating land use, access and management, and the resolution of indigenous land conflicts, drawing out common problems and solutions. The lessons learnt from the book will be of value to students, researchers, legal professionals and policy makers with an interest in land and property rights worldwide.

Table of Contents

Foreword (Spike Boydell) Introduction (Alan C. Tidwell and Barry Scott Zellen) 1. Indigeneity, Land and Activism in Siberia (Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer) 2. From Counter-Mapping to Co-Management: The Inuit, the State and the Quest for Collaborative Arctic Sovereignty (Barry Scott Zellen) 3. Re-Imagining Indigenous Space: The Law, Constitution and the Evolution of Aboriginal Property and Resource Rights in Canada by (Ken Coates and Greg Poelzer) 4. President Lugo and the Indigenous Communities of Paraguay by (Cheryl Duckworth) 5. Awkward Alliances: Is environmentalism a bonding agent between indigenous and rural settler politics in America and Australia? (Saleem H. Ali and Julia Keenan) 6. Satisfying Honour? The Role of the Waitangi Tribunal in Addressing Land-Related Treaty Grievances in New Zealand (Debra Wilson) 7. The ‘Pacific Way’: Customary Land Use, Indigenous Values and Globalization in the South Pacific (Spike Boydell) 8. Threats and Challenges to the "Floating Lives" of the Tonle Sap (Carl Grundy-Warr and Mak Sithirith) 9. Long Road to Justice:  Addressing Indigenous Land Claims in Kenya (Darren Kew) 10. Indigenous Land Rights and Conflict in Darfur: The Case of the Fur Tribe (Jon Unruh) 11. Indigenous Rights, Grey Spacing and Roads: The Israeli Negev Bedouin and Planning in Road Thirty-One (Avinoam Meir, Batya Roded and Arnon Ben-Israel)

About the Editors

Alan Tidwell is Director of the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

Barry Scott Zellen is a research scholar, editor and author specializing in Arctic, indigenous and strategic issues.

About the Series

Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series

Real Property Rights are central to the global economy and provide a legal framework for how society (be it developed or customary) relates to land and buildings. We need to better understand property rights to ensure sustainable societies, careful use of limited resources and sound ecological stewardship of our land and water. Contemporary property rights theory is dynamic and needs to engage thinkers who are prepared to think outside their disciplinary limitations.

The Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series strives to take a transdisciplinary approach to understanding property rights and specifically encourages heterodox thinking. Through rich international case studies, the goal of the series is to build models to connect theory to observed reality, informing potential policy outcomes. This series is both an ideal forum and reference for students and scholars of property rights and land issues.

Video interviews with the series authors and editors can be viewed here: 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General
LAW / Housing & Urban Development
LAW / Land Use
LAW / Property
LAW / Real Estate
LAW / Indigenous Peoples
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General