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Crosscurrents: Law and Society in a Native Title Claim to Land and Sea
It is one thing to know what the law says: it is another to try to understand what it means and how it is applied. In native title, when Indigenous relationships with country are viewed through the lens of a Western property rights regime, this complexity is seriously magnified.
Crosscurrents traces the path of a native title claim in the Kimberley region of Western Australia – Sampi v State of Western Australia - from its inception to resolution, contextualising the claim in the web of historical events that shaped the claim’s beginnings, its intersection with evolving case law, and the labyrinth of legal process, evidence and argument that ultimately shaped its end.
Praise for Crosscurrents:
This is an extraordinarily stimulating book. It presents its key arguments via an engaging narrative of a single native title claim. It raises issues of substantive policy and societal importance. Crosscurrents will attract a readership primarily in anthropological and perhaps legal circles. I would encourage all those involved in public policy relating to Indigenous affairs, and indeed all those engaged citizens who merely wish to gain a better understanding of the Indigenous policymaking maze, to consider reading the book as it provides important insights into how mainstream society’s institutions interact with Indigenous Australians.MICHAEL DILLON, POLICY ANALYST AND FORMER CEO OF THE INDIGENOUS LAND CORPORATION