This book takes an interdisciplinary approach to the complicated power relations surrounding the recognition and implementation of Indigenous Peoples’ rights at multiple scales.
The adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007 was heralded as the beginning of a new era for Indigenous Peoples’ participation in global governance bodies, as well as for the realization of their rights – in particular the right to self-determination. These rights are defined and agreed upon internationally, but must be enacted at regional, national and local scales. Can the global movement to promote Indigenous Peoples’ rights change the experience of communities at the local level? Or are the concepts that it mobilizes, around rights and political tools, essentially a discourse circulating internationally, relatively disconnected from practical situations? To what extent are the categories and processes associated with ‘Indigenous Peoples’ an extension of colonial categories and processes, and to what extent to they challenge existing norms and structures? This collection draws together the work of anthropologists, political scientists and legal scholars to address such questions. Examining the legal, historical, political, economic and cultural dimensions of the Indigenous Peoples' rights movement, at global, regional, national and local levels, the chapters present a series of case studies that reveal the complex power relations that inform the ongoing struggles of Indigenous Peoples to secure their human rights.
The book will be of interest to social scientists and legal scholars studying indigenous peoples’ rights, and international human rights movements in general
Table of Contents
Irène Bellier and Jennifer Hays
Indigenous Peoples Rights : Global circulation, colonial heritage, and resistance.
Circulating between the scales: global, national, and local.
Chapter 1: Irene Bellier
Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Issues Affecting Them: A Matter of Negotiation at the United Nations
Chapter 2: Jennifer Hays
Defining the terms of Indigenous Peoples rights in Namibia: The role of the International Labor Organization
Chapter 3: Veronica González González
Indigenous peoples’ rights and policies: the role of the UN in Mexico
Chapter 4: Neal Keating
Traversing the Scales of Rights: Interventions from Indigenous Peoples of Cambodia at the United Nations
Chapter 5: Stéphanie Guyon
Colonial Legacy and Public Policy: from primitive to indigenous in French Guiana (1930-present)
Chapter 6: Laurent Lacroix
Decoloniality Put to the Test: The Plurinational State of Bolivia
Chapter 7: Brian Thom
Leveraging International Power: Private Property and the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Chapter 8: Martin Préaud
The Logic of Elimination in (Post-)Colonial Law: Indigenous Entanglements in the Kimberley region of Australia
Resisting Processes of Invisibilization
Chapter 9: Leslie Cloud et Fabien Le Bonniec
Criminalization and Judicialization of Indigenous peoples’ rights in Chile: Current Dynamics
Chapter 10: Justin Kenrick
Burning a home that ‘doesn’t exist’, arresting people who ‘aren’t there’: A critique of eviction-based conservation and the Sengwer of Embobut forest, Kenya
Chapter 11: Charles Menzies et Caroline Butler
Redefining University Research Enterprises: partnership and collaboration in Laxyuup Gitxaała.
The colonial modalities which resulted in the pillaging of the ‘New World’ involved wholesale dispossession, genocidal violence and exploitation of their original inhabitants. It was not, however, until the latter part of the twentieth century that Indigenous peoples attained some degree of legal recognition. This book series focuses upon the manner in which Indigenous peoples’ experiences of law have been transformed from an oppressive system of denying rights to a site of contestation and the articulation of various forms of self-governance. Encouraging a range of theoretical, political and ethical perspectives on Indigenous peoples and the law, this book series aims to provide a comprehensive survey of the experience of Indigenous peoples and their changing relationship with national and international juridical frameworks.
The series will include both monographs and edited collections pursuing variety a of perspectives – including, but not limited to, a concern with:
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the series, please contact:
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