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Cartographies of the colonial/capitalist state: A geopolitics of indigenous self-determination in Australia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Indigenous self-determination' is a multivalent term that has come to represent various meanings in different political and cultural contexts. Indigenous peoples' strategies for self-determination have become increasingly prominent in the domestic polities of many 'first-world' nations, and in the sphere of international law and human rights. These strategies have challenged the cartography of the nation-state with competing claims to land ownership, sovereignty, and self-governance. In Australia, indigenous strategies for self-determination are diverse and holistic and revolve around issues including land rights, law, environmental management, and control over service provision. These are evident in a variety of both 'elite' and 'popular' geopolitical texts. Meanwhile, Australian governments have created new structures that have attempted to encapsulate meanings of 'self-determination/ allowing some indigenous decision-making control, whilst entrenching the nation-state's ultimate hegemony over land. The geopolitics of indigenous strategies for self-determination, and tensions concerning the meaning of the term, are examined, revealing some ways in which discursive trends and material structures interact in locally produced relations of power. �� 1999 Editorial Board of Antipode Published by Blackwell Publishers.

Publication Date


  • 1999

Citation


  • Gibson, C. (1999). Cartographies of the colonial/capitalist state: A geopolitics of indigenous self-determination in Australia. Antipode, 31(1), 45-79. doi:10.1111/1467-8330.00092

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0032892586

Start Page


  • 45

End Page


  • 79

Volume


  • 31

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Indigenous self-determination' is a multivalent term that has come to represent various meanings in different political and cultural contexts. Indigenous peoples' strategies for self-determination have become increasingly prominent in the domestic polities of many 'first-world' nations, and in the sphere of international law and human rights. These strategies have challenged the cartography of the nation-state with competing claims to land ownership, sovereignty, and self-governance. In Australia, indigenous strategies for self-determination are diverse and holistic and revolve around issues including land rights, law, environmental management, and control over service provision. These are evident in a variety of both 'elite' and 'popular' geopolitical texts. Meanwhile, Australian governments have created new structures that have attempted to encapsulate meanings of 'self-determination/ allowing some indigenous decision-making control, whilst entrenching the nation-state's ultimate hegemony over land. The geopolitics of indigenous strategies for self-determination, and tensions concerning the meaning of the term, are examined, revealing some ways in which discursive trends and material structures interact in locally produced relations of power. �� 1999 Editorial Board of Antipode Published by Blackwell Publishers.

Publication Date


  • 1999

Citation


  • Gibson, C. (1999). Cartographies of the colonial/capitalist state: A geopolitics of indigenous self-determination in Australia. Antipode, 31(1), 45-79. doi:10.1111/1467-8330.00092

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0032892586

Start Page


  • 45

End Page


  • 79

Volume


  • 31

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication