Benjamin Smith


The social effects of native title: recognition, translation, coexistence

Native title has had a profound social impact in Australia. Its effects have been felt from the local level through to the national level ever since the success of the Mabo No.2 case in the Federal Court. But despite the involvement of large numbers of...

Mediating sustainable development in Cape York Peninsula

Benjamin Smith examines 'sustainable development' in a contemporary remote Aboriginal rural community. Sustainability in Indigenous development in the central Cape York region involves an ongoing compromise between often incommensurable forms of social, political, and economic organisation. Smith concludes that development intervention is likely to fail...