Societies, Communities and Native Title

Societies, Communities and Native Title Report

AIATSIS Issues Paper

  • Author(s): Kingsley Palmer
  • Published: 2009
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; Native Title Research Unit
  • Volume: Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title

Abstract: In this paper I examine the use and meaning of the terms ‘community’ and ‘society’ in native title cases. I consider this use from an anthropological point of view but situate it within legal contexts relevant to native title law. I explore whether there is a difficulty for anthropologists in the way these terms may be used in the context of native title processes and if this be the case, how such difficulty may be alleviated or circumvented.

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Kingsley Palmer, 2009, Societies, Communities and Native Title, Volume:Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title, Report, viewed 17 August 2022,

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