This book draws together relevant research findings to produce the first comprehensive overview of Indigenous peoples' mobility. Chapters draw from a range of disciplinary sources, and from a diversity of regions and nation-states. Within nations, mobility is the key determinant of local population change, with implications for service delivery, needs assessment, and governance. Mobility also provides a key indicator of social and economic transformation. As such, it informs both social theory and policy debate. For much of the twentieth century conventional wisdom anticipated the steady convergence of socio-demographic trends, seeing this as an inevitable concomitant of the development process. However, the patterns and trends in population movement observed in this book suggest otherwise, and provide a forceful manifestation of changing race relations in these new world settings.

chapter 1|10 pages


New World demography

part |2 pages

PART II Data issues and analysis

part |2 pages

PART III Local contingency

chapter 9|17 pages

American Indians and geographic mobility

Some parameters for public policy

chapter 10|22 pages

The formation of contemporary Aboriginal settlement patterns in Australia

Government policies and programmes

chapter 11|16 pages

Myth of the “walkabout”

Movement in the Aboriginal domain

chapter 13|6 pages


Emerging research themes