Howard Morphy

Journal article

Anthropological Theory and Government Policy in Australia's Northern Territory: The Hegemony of the "Mainstream"

In this article, we set up a dialogue between two theoretical frameworks for understanding the developing relationships between indigenous Australians and the encapsulating Australian society. We argue that the concept of "the intercultural" de-emphasizes the agency of Aboriginal people and the durability of their social...
Journal article

The Blue Mud Bay case: Refractions through saltwater country

This paper contrasts settler Australian and Yolngu ways of conceptualising and giving meaning to the bodies of salt water that settler Australians call 'seas' and 'oceans'.

Permits, private property, and cultural survival

The permit system was the mechanism by which the traditional owners of freehold land held in fee simple under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 controlled access to their land and to their communities—that is until the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) removed...