Rescuing indigenous land ownership: Revising Locke's account of original appropriation through cultivation

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Braun, S. Stewart. (2014). Rescuing indigenous land ownership: Revising Locke's account of original appropriation through cultivation. Theoria. 61(139), pp. 68 - 89. https://doi.org/10.3167/th.2014.6113904
AuthorsBraun, S. Stewart
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As part of his account of original appropriation, John Locke famously argued that uncultivated land was open to acquisition. Historically, this account has played a large role in justifying the seizure of indigenous land. In this article, I contend that despite the past acts of dispossession Locke's account seemingly justified, a complete rejection of Locke's idea of original appropriation would be a mistake since a generalised account can be constructed that does not subvert indigenous ownership. I also contend that the revised account can be used to critique the current legal and political situation regarding native title in Australia.

Year2014
JournalTheoria
Journal citation61 (139), pp. 68 - 89
PublisherBerghahn Books Inc.
ISSN0040-5817
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3167/th.2014.6113904
Page range68 - 89
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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