Dynamics of Land and Identity in Pacific Asia
'Indigenous' and Attachment to Land
|ISGI Seminar No. 23|
Feb 16, 2004
from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
|Where||Sano Shoin, Hitotsubashi University, Kunitachi Campus|
|Language||Japanese (no translation available)|
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Attachment to land is widely accepted as a fundamental element in conflicts between indigenous/established communities and latecomer/newcomer societies. Yet the sources of attachment to land are seldom problematized. This paper explores the ways in which attachment to land develops in latecomer or settler societies and argues that settlers use this attachment to assert their moral right to the land in relation to the indigenous population, and that it helps to create an identity distinct from that of their original homeland (mainly if that homeland lies across the seas). In this context, the changing meanings of the term 'indigenous' are to be explained.
Li Narangoa works at Australian National University; she is currently Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Global Issues, Hitotsubashi University.