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Adaptation in Central-Western NSW Land Tenure Systems

James Rose

Transformations at the Cultural Interface: Contemporary Aboriginal cultural dynamics in south-east Australia | Macquarie University | Published : 2009


This paper will present anonymized findings from four years of native title research by NTSCorp into the relative continuity of traditional land tenure in Central-Western NSW. Using Structural Event Indexing (SEA) and Social Network Analysis (SNA) techniques the paper will illustrate the on-going integrity of geographically-patterned cognatic descent and affinal allegiance structures among networks of localised communities. We argue that these geographic patterns reflect core elements of a land tenure system which has survived the most disruptive phases of British colonisation and continues to provide a concrete framework for the localised reproduction of ‘families of polity’ originally desc..

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