This book examines how Indigeus peoples' rights and Indigeus rights movements represent an important and often overlooked shift in international politics - a shift that powerful states are actively resisting in a multitude of ways. While Indigeus peoples are often dismissed as marginal n-state actors, this book argues that far from insignificant, global Indigeus politics is potentially forging major changes in the international system, as the implementation of Indigeus peoples' rights requires a complete re-thinking and re-ordering of sovereignty, territoriality, liberalism, and human rights. After thirty years of intense effort, the transnational Indigeus rights movement achieved passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigeus Peoples in September 2007. This book asks: * Why did movement need to fight so hard to secure passage of a bare minimum standard on Indigeus rights? * Why is it that certain states are so threatened by an emerging international Indigeus rights regime? * How does the emerging Indigeus rights regime change the international status quo? The questions are addressed by exploring how Indigeus politics at the global level compels a new direction of thought in IR by challenging some of its fundamental tenets. It is argued that global Indigeus politics is a perspective of IR that, with the recognition of Indigeus peoples' collective rights to land and self-determination, complicates the structure of international politics in new and important ways, challenging both Westphalian tions of state sovereignty and the (neo-)liberal foundations of states and the international human rights consensus. Qualitative case studies of Canadian and New Zealand Indigeus rights, based on original field research, analyse both the potential and the limits of these challenges. This work will be of interest to graduates and scholars in international relations, Indigeus studies, international organizations, IR theory and social movements.
Sheryl Lightfoot is Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics and Assistant Professor in both First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include global Indigenous peoples' rights and politics, Indigenous diplomacy, social movements, and critical international relations.
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Politics: General & Reference
Worlding Beyond the West
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4 black & white illustrations, 15 black & white tables, 4 black & white line drawings