Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2015.
xiv, 188 pages ; 24 cm.
Indigenous peoples and the law. GlassHouse book.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction Kaldowinyeri Raw law, song, ceremony, ruwe : law in the margins Naked : the coming of the cloth Who's your mob? how are you related? Dressed to kill Indigenous ways : a future.
"This work is the first to assess the legality and impact of colonisation from the viewpoint of Aboriginal law, rather than from that of the dominant Western legal tradition. It begins by outlining the Aboriginal legal system as it is embedded in Aboriginal people's complex relationship with their ancestral lands. This is Raw Law : a natural system of obligations and benefits, flowing from an Aboriginal ontology. And this book places Raw Law at the centre of an analysis of colonization - thereby decentring the usual analytical tendency to privilege the dominant structures and concepts of Western law. From the perspective of Aboriginal law, colonisation was a violation of the code of political and social conduct embodied in Raw Law. Its effects were damaging. It forced Aboriginal peoples to violate their own principles of natural responsibility to self, community, country and future existence. But this book is not simply a work of mourning. Most profoundly, it is a celebration of the resilience of Aboriginal ways, and a call for these to be recognized as central in discussions of colonial and postcolonial legality"-- Provided by publisher.
Revision of author's thesis (doctoral - University of Adelaide, Dept. of Law, 2000) issued under title: Raw law : the coming of the Muldarbi and the path to its demise --Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-177) and index.
KU354 .W38 2015
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