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- DescriptionCanada is often called a pluralist state, but few commentators view Aboriginal self-government from the perspective of political pluralism. Instead, Aboriginal identity is framed in terms of cultural and national traits, while self-government is taken to represent an Aboriginal desire to protect those traits. Shifting Boundaries challenges this view, arguing that it fosters a woefully incomplete understanding of the politics of self-government. Taking the position that a relational theory of pluralism offers a more accurate interpretation, Tim Schouls contends that self-government is better understood when an identification perspective on Aboriginal identity is adopted instead of a cultural or national one. He shows that self-government is t about preserving cultural and national differences as goods in and of themselves, but rather is about equalizing current imbalances in power to allow Aboriginal peoples to construct their own identities. In focusing on relational pluralism, Shifting Boundaries adds an important perspective to existing theoretical approaches to Aboriginal self-government. It will appeal to academics, students, and policy analysts interested in Aboriginal governance, cultural studies, political theory, nationalism studies, and constitutional theory.
- Author Biography<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC -//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2//EN > Tim Schouls divides his time between the University of British Columbia and Capilano College, teaching and doing research in Canadian politics, Aboriginal governance issues, and political theory.
- Author(s)Tim Schouls
- PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Date of Publication10/10/2003
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Weight549 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
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