P27
Indigenous participation in Australian frontier economies

Convenors:
Ian Keen (Australian National University)
Discussant:
Jon Altman
Location:
E
Start time:
9 December, 2008 at 10:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The panel will examine Indigenous involvement in the Australian economy and resulting hybrid economies, across a broad range of times and places from historical and anthropological viewpoints. Themes will include changing exchange networks, conflicts over property, and comparative settler economies.

Long abstract:

Indigenous Australians have been largely invisible in many economic histories of Australia. Where they have been mentioned, topics include differences in concepts of property, frontier violence, and the pastoral industry. Variation both in Indigenous economy and Indigenous participation in colonial and national economy has been generally neglected, and Indigenous people are regarded as having been largely excluded from the market economy, except for the pastoral industry. There is now a sizeable gap between the economic histories that largely omit Indigenous participation in the colonial economy, and the large number of individual studies that document this involvement. The proposed panel will examine Indigenous involvement in the Australian economy and resulting hybrid economies, across a broad range of times and places from historical and anthropological viewpoints. The panel arises from an ARC linkage project on the topic, and interim research results will be presented. Themes will include changing exchange networks, conflicts over property, comparative settler economies, and engagement in coastal economies. Other papers on this broad theme are invited, including research on other settler economies including New Zealand.