(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Making space for property

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Dept. of Geography, Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby, CANADA


A modern-day treaty process in British Columbia, Canada, involving First Nations and the federal and provincial governments, entails a struggle to carve out both metaphoric and material space for indigenous land and title. Despite considerable opposition, the state has insisted that First Nations will hold their treaty lands as a form of “fee simple,” granting broad rights to access, use, and alienation. This article explores the resultant contest through a performative lens that treats property not as essence, but as effect. Tracing the complicated ways in which fee simple is performed in the treaty process reveals that fee simple is anything but. Multiple, competing, and overlapping fee simples are in circulation. The identification of this multiplicity offers valuable lessons for our understanding of the contemporary space of postcolonial reconciliation


Article of periodic

published at : Annals of the Association of American Geographers / ISSN 0004-5608 / CODEN AAAGAK

Editor : Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC - ETATS-UNIS (1911)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 104, no6 [pp. 1291-1306]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 1 fig., 1 carte, 1 ill.




Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1080/00045608.2014.941738

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