Disputed Territories: Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies

Disputed Territories: Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies

Disputed Territories: Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies

Disputed Territories: Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies

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Disputed Territories investigates the significance of land for contesting cultural identities in comparable settler societies. In the regions of Australasia and southern Africa, European visions of landscape and nature have engaged with southern hemispher

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David S. Trigger

What has been the significance of land and place for the construction of cultural identity in settler societies? the contributors to this volume address this question in the context of European migration to the southern hemisphere regions of Australasia and southern Africa. As suggested in the title of the book, these may be regarded as 'disputed territories', albeit among identity groups that have become culturally blended in significant respects through the historical processes of colonialism.

The chapters focus on the making of identity in two settler regions with similar yet distinctive colonial histories. in each region, European visions of landscape and nature have engaged historically with southern hemisphere environments and Indigenous peoples. the authors variously explore the history of negotiations over the meanings of land and place in settings where settler-descendants have historically continued to trace elements of their ancestry back to Western Europe. Furthermore, these are regions where the descendants of European colonisers look towards each other across 'the south', in recognition of parallel histories, identities and cultures. the exchange of personnel on both short-term and lengthy

David S. Trigger, Discipline of Anthropology and Sociology, the University of Western
Australia, Crawley, wa 6009, Australia.

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