First Peoples: Indigenous Cultures and Their Futures by Jeffrey Sissons (Paperback, 2005)
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- DescriptionFirst Peoples argues, controversially, that far from disappearing in the face of global capitalism, indigeus cultures today are as diverse as they ever were. Rather than being absorbed into a uniform modernity, indigeus people are anticipating alternative futures and appropriating global resources for their own, culturally specific needs. For Sissons, however, the traditional and the modern are t mutually exclusive: indigeus cultures and nation-states are aspects of the same contemporary condition, and their apparently opposing position is an expression of the contradictory nature of modernity in the 21st century. Indigeus people often define themselves in terms of their struggle against oppressive exterior forces; by contrast, the metropolitan cultures they struggle against often cling precariously to the surfaces of their new land. But indigeus identities have also been forged through alliances between indigeus people at international forums and in other settings. The loose alliances throughout the indigeus world constitute an alternative political order to the global organization of states. For Inuit, Eskimo and Saami in the rthern hemisphere, for Mayan, Maori and Aboriginal Australians in the southern, and for more than a hundred distinct people in between, culture has become more than a heritage: it is a project. The numerous cultural renaissances that occurred throughout the indigeus world in the second half of the 20th century were more than passing events. Their momentum has continued into the new millennium, while the challenges they pose to states and their bureaucracies have become increasingly urgent. While the ecomic and political issues addressed by indigeus groups were and are depressingly similar racism, loss of land and resources, inadequate health and education services the solutions have been characterized by ermous cultural diversity.
- Author BiographyJeffrey Sissons is Professor in Social Anthropology at the School of Global Studies, Massey University, New Zealand.
- Author(s)Jeffrey Sissons
- PublisherReaktion Books
- Date of Publication25/03/2005
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleFOCI S.
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintReaktion Books
- Content Note6 black & white illustrations
- Weight346 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine15 mm
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