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An experimental act: formations of wildness and indigeneity in far North Queensland

Neale, Timothy 2016, An experimental act: formations of wildness and indigeneity in far North Queensland, Postcolonial studies, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 249-269, doi: 10.1080/13688790.2016.1278813.

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Title An experimental act: formations of wildness and indigeneity in far North Queensland
Author(s) Neale, TimothyORCID iD for Neale, Timothy orcid.org/0000-0003-4703-5801
Journal name Postcolonial studies
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 249
End page 269
Total pages 21
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1368-8790
1466-1888
Summary In this article, I focus upon the recent Wild Rivers Act controversy in Queensland, Australia, as an ‘experimental event’ that drew together a diverse cast of actors – including Indigenous traditional owners, state politicians, bureaucrats, environmentalists, mining companies, the late Steve Irwin, and waterways – to contest the future of a region historically (over)coded as ‘wild’. In attending to these actors, and the discourses and arguments mobilised, I argue that this controversy reveals emergent trends in the imaginaries of wildness and indigeneity surrounding indigenous lands and waters in contemporary settler colonial nations. Critical insight into such issues, I show, requires reconceptualising the static ‘matters of being’ through which indigenous territory is often captured – such as tradition and development – as contingent and contested ‘matters of becoming’. It is precisely in events such as the Act controversy that the contemporary politics of indigenous territory, and its contingent and contested foundations, becomes visible.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13688790.2016.1278813
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
2002 Cultural Studies
2103 Historical Studies
1606 Political Science
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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