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Decolonising Indigenous Rights

1st Edition

Edited by Adolfo de Oliveira


222 pages

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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.

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Anthropology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography