Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Wild ArticulationsEnvironmentalism and Indigeneity in Northern Australia$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Timothy Neale

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824873110

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824873110.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 19 June 2021

Cosmopolitics on the Wenlock River

Cosmopolitics on the Wenlock River

Chapter:
(p.206) Chapter 6 Cosmopolitics on the Wenlock River
Source:
Wild Articulations
Author(s):

Timothy Neale

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824873110.003.0007

Chapter 6 focuses on the most controversial of the Wild Rivers Act declarations: the Wenlock River area. The Wenlock spans almost the entire breadth of the region and includes a diverse but discrete assembly of stakeholders: three Indigenous local government areas and three separate native title claimant groups; an Indigenous Protected Area, a national park, a privately managed nature refuge and a wildlife reserve dedicated to the late television conservationist Steve Irwin; a bauxite mining project; and, finally, an array of nonhuman actors such as estuarine crocodiles, spotted cuscuses, orchids, aquifers and water flows themselves. Adopting philosopher Isabelle Stengers’ ‘cosmopolitical proposal’, this chapter proposes that we might think of a ‘wild river’ not only as a legal object or waterway but also as a network that intimately links the specific worlds of diverse knowledges and practices accumulating around it. The Act forced the matter of how these worlds are rendered quantifiable and comparable today. How are we to adjudicate their relative existence? The future of these rivers is a matter of realizing the relations of allegiance and incompatibility between these worlds.

Keywords:   cosmopolitics, indigenous people, Bruno Latour, development, Steve Irwin

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.