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Title: Finding common ground? Spaces of dialogue and the negotiation of Indigenous interests in environmental campaigns in Australia.
Authors: Pickerill, Jenny
First Published: 30-Aug-2008
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Geoforum, article in press, available online 30 August 2008.
Abstract: Critiquing the usefulness of cosmopolitanism this paper argues that we need a more nuanced and subtle understanding of how commonalities are found, created and maintained across difference. This paper uses two juxtapositions of perspective (around place and environment) to explore how such boundaries of difference can be negotiated. It uses an examination of the ways in which environmental groups in Australia have sought to negotiate Indigenous interests through creating spaces of dialogue and changing working practices. It is based on 30 interviews with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists across two case regions; Cape York (Queensland) and Barmah-Millewa (Victoria/New South Wales). Four issues were identified that have proved particularly contentious in negotiations to build collaborative campaigns: language; power and ownership; scale and timeframes; and economics. There are examples of both successes and ongoing problematic practices across these tensions. However there is also a growing mutual ownership of the issues. Moving beyond a colonial paternal sense of responsibility, to a dynamic and engaged mutuality of concern for both processes and outcomes has resulted in gradual, small, and progressive steps forward in Indigenous/non-Indigenous collaborative environmental campaigning.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2008.06.009
ISSN: 0016-7185
Type: Article
Rights: This is the author's final draft of the paper available online from Geoforum, 30 August 2008 and presently in press. The final version will be available from Doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2008.06.009
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