Crawley, Western Australia : UWA Publishing, 2017.
xxiii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"It is one thing to know what the law says: it is another to try to understand what it means and how it is applied. When Indigenous relationships with a country are viewed through the lens of a Western property rights regime, this complexity is seriously magnified. [This book] traces the path of a native title claim in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (Sampi v. State of Western Australia) from its inception to resolution, contextualizing the claim in the web of historical events that shaped the claim's beginnings, its intersection with evolving case law, and the labyrinth of legal process, evidence and argument that ultimately shaped its end."--
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-271) and index.
Law's metaphysics -- When whiteman came in -- Mission days -- A land and sea claim -- The ethnographic archive -- In the court -- Legal submissions and crosscurrents -- How judgments are made -- Society and sea on appeal -- Recognition's paradox