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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17114

Title: Being/Nothing: Native Title and Fantasy Fulfilment
Authors: Biber, Katherine
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2004
Publisher: Indigenous Law Journal
Abstract: This paper proceeds from the idea that the nation is a fantasy, an imaginary zone through which identity, belonging and control are mediated. I explore the consequences of imagining the nation in this way by reading the formative Australian cases through which Native title jurisprudence developed in this country. Those cases—Mabo, Wik and Yorta Yorta—and the public discourses surrounding them reveal the competing national fantasies at stake in disputes over property, recognition and co-existence. Using the theoretical writing of psychoanalytic scholars Slavoj Žižek and Julia Kristeva, and the critique of nationalist practices from the work of Benedict Anderson and Ghassan Hage, I interrogate what it means to possess the nation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17114
ISSN: 1703-4566
Rights: Indigenous Law Journal
Appears in Collections:Fall 2004, Volume 3, No. 1

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