Eve Vincent and I recently wrote something about the ‘Unstable Relations’ book on The Conversation. It begins:
In Australia and across the world, Indigenous people are resisting developments that threaten their lands. Wangan and Jagalingou people stand in opposition to the planned Carmichael coalmine in Queensland, while the Sioux people are holding firm in their struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.
As these contests intensify, they reveal that Indigenous peoples often have limited say over what happens on their country. When pitted against powerful state and corporate actors, Indigenous people may seek assistance from others, such as environmentalists, to protect their interests and further their aspirations.
In Australia, these arrangements have sometimes been called “green-black alliances”. However, as we argue in our new book Unstable Relations, it is misleading to contend that Indigenous people and environmentalists necessarily share (or don’t share) the same ends and motives.
The rest is available through the link above.
My upcoming book – Wild Articulations: Environmentalism and Indigeneity in Northern Australia – has a cover (!) and will be out in hardcover on 31 July. I am hoping I can beg and browbeat enough libraries and book stores to get copies that it will also move to paperback.
Lastly, I have been meaning to post a link to the first academic paper to come out of the research I did in Greater Darwin over 2015-2016. The paper – which addresses natural hazards practitioners’ accounts of the diverse drivers of bushfire risk in that region – sits somewhere between analyses of policy and practice and the more critical cultural analyses regarding ‘our flammable futures’ which I am developing now.