Paying Attention to the Spaces in between: The Social Production of Space and Indigenous Presence in Cities

Melissa Nursey-Bray, Stephen Muecke

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Abstract

The majority of Indigenous peoples now live in cities. Despite a planning regime that does not acknowledge their presence in law, Indigenous peoples are far from suppressed and express their existence via the Indigenous arts of paying attention to the entanglements of human and other life forms. These spatial entanglements, and how they manifest, are becoming increasingly important in the context of know-how that asserts Indigenous agency and identity within dominant governance regimes, particularly those around the organisation of public space and ecological place. Using Indigenous public art via sculpture, murals and heritage trails across Australia, this chapter investigates the ways in which the social and legal production of space in cities both empowers and marginalises Indigenous peoples, who in turn have asserted their agency in ways that influence urban governance and calls attention to the fact that Australian cities remain, first and foremost, Indigenous places.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Space, Place and Law
EditorsRobyn Bartel, Jennifer Carter
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Chapter17
Pages196-206
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781788977203
ISBN (Print)9781788977197
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Social Production
  • Space
  • Indigenous Presence

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