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Dominic O'Sullivan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447339427

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447339427.001.0001

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Liberal democracy and differentiated citizenship

Liberal democracy and differentiated citizenship

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(p.51) Three Liberal democracy and differentiated citizenship
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Indigeneity: A Politics of Potential
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Dominic O'Sullivan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447339427.003.0004

Citizenship defines the terms of belonging to the modern state. It is an ideological and power laden concept which can exacerbate, exaggerate or mediate tensions over the distribution of power and authority. States have used citizenship’s exclusive capacity for the assimilation of indigenous peoples. However, there is also considerable potential for a liberal theory of indigeneity, proceeding from differentiated liberal citizenship, to develop the right to difference in cultural expression, but sameness in political opportunities; difference in forms of land tenure, but sameness in capacity to make decisions about how land is used; difference in the ways one is taught at school, but sameness in educational quality. The principal argument for differentiated citizenship is that liberal democracy alone does not guarantee the elimination of injustice, nor does it guarantee that indigenous political aspirations will not be marginalised by majoritarian politics.

Keywords:   Indigenous citizenship, indigenous peoples and liberal democracy all, differentiated liberal citizenship, indigenous peoples citizenship and the state

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