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Indigenous geographies I: Mere resource conflicts? The complexities in Indigenous land and environmental claims

Coombes, Brad; Johnson, Jay T.; Howitt, Richard



Progress in Human Geography



Indigenous peoples live in challenging environments and engage in complex negotiations to access their rights. Yet research on their social mobilization often stereotypes them as victims of environmental management. We review three debates through which human geographers are beginning to engage more meaningfully with Indigenous environmentalism: the political ecology of neoliberalism; deliberation within claims settlement; and propertization of socio-ecological relations. A movement away from conflating Indigenous with local is evident in those debates, producing recognition of diversity in Indigenous motivations but also a range of challenges to geographical practice. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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