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1st Edition

Decolonising Indigenous Rights

Edited By

Adolfo de Oliveira

ISBN 9780415807852
Published August 15, 2011 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

Covering a wide range of issues relating to the topic, this book examines the experiences and perceptions of indigenous peoples in the context of the national states and political systems that have been externally imposed and implemented upon them.

Fascinating and incisive, the text discusses a range of areas such as:

  • indigenous territories
  • concepts of political autonomy and sovereignty that have been used to describe and constitute indigenous political projects
  • Western notions of education in relation to indigenous societies' educational practice
  • the broad Western historical understanding of the relationship with indigenous societies and the adequacy of the legal notion of "belief"to depict Aboriginal religiosity.

Contributors to this volume include anthropologists, jurists, educators, indigenous activists, scholars and sociologists.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.  Introduction: Decolonising Approaches to Indigenous Rights  Adolfo de Oliveira.  1. Indigenous Peoples and their Territories  Andrew Gray  2. The Reconstruction of Waimiri-Atroari Territory  Stephen G. Baines  3. Legal Process of Abolition of Collective Property: The Mapuche Case  Jorge Calbucura  4. Religion, Belief and Action: The Case of Ngarrindjeri “Women’s Business” on Hindmarsh Island, South Australia, 1994-1996  James F. Weiner  5. American Indian Sovereignty: Now You See It, Now You Don’t  Peter d’Errico  6. A Possible Indigenism: The Limits of the Constitutional Amendment in Argentina  GELIND  7. Strategies for Equities in Indigenous Education: A Canadian First Nations Case Study  Marlene R. Atleo  8. Notes on the Role of the Teacher in Indigenous School Education  Edmundo Antônio Peggion  9. Disease versus Genocide: The Debate over Population  Paula Sherman  10. Indigenous People, Civil Society and the Environment: The Struggle for Sustainability  Mario Blaser.  Contributors.  Index.

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Adolfo de Oliveira worked with Indigenous rights for many years as an anthropological advisor to the Federal Attorney-General’s Office in Brazil, and as a researcher, since 1994. He has a PhD from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.