Indigenous Agency and Mineral Development: A Cautionary Note

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Title Indigenous Agency and Mineral Development: A Cautionary Note
Author Howlett, Catherine
Journal Name Studies in Political Economy
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Canada
Publisher Association d'Economie Politique
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 therefore 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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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Studies in Political Economy. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 85
Issue Number 1
Page from 99
Page to 123
ISSN 0707-8552
Date Accessioned 2010-07-04
Date Available 2012-05-01T23:04:49Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Urban Research Program; Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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