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Indigeneity and Political Theory Sovereignty and the Limits of the Political

By Karena Shaw Copyright 2008
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Indigeneity and Political Theory engages some of the profound challenges to

    traditions of modern political theory that have been posed over the past two

    decades. Karena Shaw is especially concerned with practices of sovereignty

    as they are embedded in and shape Indigenous politics, and responses to

    Indigenous politics.

    Drawing on theories of post-coloniality, feminism, globalization, and

    international politics, and using examples of contemporary political practice

    including court cases and specific controversies, Shaw seeks to illustrate and

    argue for a way of doing political theory that is more responsive to the

    challenges posed by a range of contemporary issues.

    An engaging and highly original analysis of Indigenenity and sovereignty,

    this book enables the reader to develop a more robust consideration of

    relationships between theory and practice, and thus the politics of theorizing.

    1. Introduction: The Problem of the Political  Part 1: Sovereignty and the Political  2. Hobbes: Producing Politics/Effacing Interrogation 3. Violences of Sovereignty: The "Regrettable Necessity" of Civilization 4. Sovereignty and Disciplinarity  Part 2: Negotiating the Limits of the Political  5. Resistance: Negotiating the Interstices of Sovereignty 6. Adjudication: Paradoxes of Law and Sovereignty 7. Limits: James Tully and the Politics of Theory  Part 3: Emerging Politicizations  8. Rethinking Sovereignty: Deleuze and Guattari 9. Rethinking Indigeneity: Remapping the Political 10. Conclusions: Leviathan’s Angels and the Future of Political Theory  Bibliography


    Karena Shaw is Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. A political theorist by training, she is particularly interested in how a range of contemporary political challenges—such as those raised by indigenous, feminist and environmental movements—are reshaping political space and possibility.