Land and Water Education and the Allodial Principle: Rethinking Ecological Education in the Postcolonial Age

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This book argues that the ancient allodial principle enables a paradigmatic shift in the way specialist educators in environmental, Indigenous, and legal studies; teacher educators; and teachers think about land and water education.

Land and water are basic to human life, and students will need to grapple with matters of sustainability and Indigenous entitlement in their future work. People now living in lands and on waterways that have been colonized, such as Australia, are taught to regard land and water in ways that have been fundamentally shaped by English law. This book introduces ancient as well as more contemporary forms of land and water access and examines the underlying ontological and epistemological enframements that shape the way that ‘land’ and ‘water’ are understood and taught. As peoples of the world grapple with environmental sustainability and Indigenous rights, the author provides a pivotal rejection of the entitlement to ‘abuse’. The book also reasons that educators should employ alod pedagogy to develop their approach to ‘working out’ difficult matters to do with balancing the rights and responsibilities of nations, regions, corporations, communal and individual owners in the access to, use of, and transferability of land and waterways.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages103
ISBN (Electronic)9789811076008
ISBN (Print)9789811075988
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Education
ISSN (Print)2211-1921
ISSN (Electronic)2211-193X


  • Allodial principal
  • Ecological education
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Education Research
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Indigenous rights
  • Land Education
  • Political Ecology
  • Postcolonial education
  • Postcolonial societies
  • Water Education
  • customary law titles
  • decolonizing lens
  • native title
  • pluricultural societies
  • pre-feudal property systems
  • property systems
  • sociohistorical analysis
  • sustainability education

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