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Indigenous People and Economic Development

An International Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Katia Iankova, Azizul Hassan, Rachel L'Abbe


344 pages

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Indigenous peoples are an intrinsic part of countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Finland, USA, India, Russia and almost all parts of South America and Africa. A considerable amount of research has been done during the twentieth century mainly by anthropologists, sociologists and linguists in order to describe, and document their traditional life style for the protection and safeguarding of their established knowledge, skills, languages and beliefs. These communities are engaging and adapting rapidly to the changing circumstances partly caused by post modernisation and the process of globalization. These have led them to aspire to better living standards, as well as preserving their uniqueness, approaches to environment, close proximity to social structures and communities. For at least the last two decades, patterns of increased economic activity by indigenous peoples in many countries have been viewed to be significantly on the rise. Indigenous People and Economic Development reveals some of the characteristics of this economic activity, 'coloured' by the unique regard and philosophy of life that indigenous people around the world have. The successes, difficulties and obstacles to economic development, their solutions and innovative practices in business - all of these elements, based on research findings, are discussed in this book and offer an inside view of the dynamics of the indigenous societies which are evolving in a globalised and highly interconnected contemporary world.

About the Editors

Katia Iankova is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism at the University of Greenwich. She has a PhD in Urban Studies from the University of Quebec, Canada. Katia is a specialist in Indigenous studies and is a frequent contributor to books and journal articles on tourism and indigenous peoples. Azizul Hassan (MA) is a visiting lecturer of the Business School at the University of Greenwich and a member of the Tourism Consultants Network of the Tourism Society. His main area of research interests are focused on ethnography and tourism. Rachel L’Abee is a PhD in Sociology from the University of Quebec, Canada. She is the founding president the Sustainable Destinations Consultancy, a firm dealing with the sustainable development of tourist destinations in Latin American countries.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies