Indigenous Agency and Mineral Development: A Cautionary Note

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Title Indigenous Agency and Mineral Development: A Cautionary Note
Author Howlett, Catherine
Publication Title Canadian Political Science Conference 2009 Papers
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Ottawa
Publisher Canadian Political Science Association
Abstract There is a tendency in recent literature to emphasise the transformative power of Indigenous agency, particularly in relation to resource development projects on Indigenous lands. This paper, utilising a case study of mineral development in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia, argues that while Indigenous agency proved a critical factor in determining the outcomes for Indigenous people, given the findings from this case study, it is perilous to overstate the transformative capacity of Indigenous agency in the face of the fundamental structural realities of mineral development in a capitalist economy, particularly the structural power of the state. The analysis of the structural power of the state in this paper also focuses upon the discursive forces that can undermine Indigenous agency, and reinforce the structural power of the state. The paper calls for caution in overstating the transformative power of Indigenous agency in light of these findings.
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Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca/index.shtml
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2009. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author.
Conference name Canadian Political Science Conference
Location Ottawa Canada
Date From 2009-05-27
Date To 2009-05-29
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29062
Date Accessioned 2009-07-10
Date Available 2010-03-05T06:12:23Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program; Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Non-Refereed)
Publication Type Code e2

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