(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

‘Poaching’ – What’s in a name? Debates about law, property, and protection in the context of settler colonialism

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)


  • Département de Géographie, Université de Montréal, Québec, Montréal, CANADA


Drawing upon the statements of Inuit research participants, the paper examines the definition of ‘poaching’, andunderscores the conceptually controversial assumptions underlying this word. It demonstrates how the term represents a culturally and historically specific set of beliefs and practices by the state that are unintelligible from an Inuit frame of reference, because the ontological, epistemological, and teleological assumptions upon which they rest are fundamentally incommensurable with their own. To understand the encounters between Indigenous peoples and the settler colonial state, it is not only the existence of different natures that are important, but also the ways of knowing these natures and the endsthat people seek in ‘managing’ them


Article of periodic

published at : Geoforum / ISSN 0016-7185 / CODEN GFRMAK

Editor : Pergamon Press, Oxford - ROYAUME-UNI (1970)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 55 [pp. 1-12]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 2 ill.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15001

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