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Dynamics of Land and Identity in Pacific Asia: Reflections on Attachment to Land

Dr L. Narangoa.

Attachment to land is widely accepted as a fundamental element in conflicts between established communities and newcomer societies. Yet the sources of attachment to land are seldom problematized. The paper assesses the effects of spiritual values, childhood experience, use and survival, and sense of priority or legal ownership in creating a feeling of attachment to land, in both a broad and narrow sense. The paper discusses the ways in which attachment to land has become politically useful and asks whether it is possible or desirable to question the sincerity of claims to affinity with the land.


Dr L. Narangoa  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer
Japan Centre, Faculty of Asian Studies
Australian National University

Li Narangoa studied Japanese and Mongolian history at the University of Bonn, Germany. She later worked as a researcher at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen and is now Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the Australian National University.

  • Land
  • Landscape
  • Indigenous identity
  • Priority

(30 min Conference Paper, English)