Described as 'ground-breaking' in Kent McNeil's Foreword, this book develops an alternative approach to conventional Aboriginal title doctrine. It explains that aboriginal customary law can be a source of common law title to land in former British colonies, whether they were acquired by settlement or by conquest or cession from another colonising power. The doctrine of Common Law Aboriginal Customary Title provides a coherent approach to the source, content, proof and protection of Aboriginal land rights which overcomes problems arising from the law as currently understood and leads to more just results. The doctrine's applicability in Australia, Canada and South Africa is specifically demonstrated. While the jurisprudential underpinnings for the doctrine are consistent with fundamental common law principles, the author explains that the Australian High Court's decision in Mabo provides a broader basis for the doctrine: a broader basis which is consistent with a re-evaluation of case-law from former British colonies in Africa, as well as from the United States, New Zealand and Canada. In this context, the book proffers a reconceptualisation of the Crown's title to land in former colonies and a reassessment of conventional doctrines, including the doctrine of tenure and the doctrine of continuity. 'With rare exceptions ...the existing literature does not probe as deeply or question fundamental assumptions as thoroughly as Dr Secher does in her research. She goes to the root of the conceptual problems around the legal nature of Indigenous land rights and their vulnerability to extinguishment in the former colonial empire of the Crown. This book is a formidable contribution that I expect will be influential in shifting legal thinking on Indigenous land rights in progressive new directions.' From the Foreword by Professor Kent McNeil (to read the Foreword please click on the 'sample chapter' link).
Updated and revised to include recent developments in cross-cultural psychology, the 2nd edition of Social Psychology Across Cultures provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to classic perspectives and introduces cutting edge research on culture, discussed in terms of its implications for contemporary global issues such as migration, international development, ethnic conflict, climate change and sustainability. The book starts by asking the question: why does social psychology need a cross-cultural perspective? It then follows to examine cultural differences as well as the origins and dynamics of different cultures before addressing traditional social psychological themes within cross-cultural contexts, for example group processes, self and identity, intergroup relations. Key features - Extensive coverage of social psychological theories and how these relate to cross-cultural research - A presentation of concepts and theories made accessible to the reader using practical examples and everyday life experiences from diverse parts of the world - A thorough exposition of the appropriate methods for conducting state-of-the-art cross-cultural research The authors each have considerable, combined experience of living and working in different cultural contexts. At the same time, as highly experienced scholars at the intersection of social and cross-cultural psychology, they are able to articulate a vision in this book of how the two communities of social psychology and cross-cultural psychology need to be integrated more to shed light on understanding social behaviour in an enhanced multi-cultural world and in helping to understand global phenomena of paramount importance to communities everywhere. This textbook is appropriate for advanced undergraduate courses and graduate programs in social and cross-cultural psychology. It will also interest students wanting to understand the impact of culture on their fields of work, such as international relations, social policy, health promotion, ethnic relations and international business.
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