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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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Indigeneity and contemporary globalisation

Indigeneity and contemporary globalisation

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Indigeneity: A Politics of Potential

Dominic O'Sullivan

Policy Press

Globalisation rationalised the colonisation of indigenous territories. Its pursuit of capital expansion is sometimes allowed to override indigenous cultural imperatives. However, it is also true that in its contemporary phase, globalisation provides indigenous peoples with recourse to international law and economic opportunities to strengthen their positions vis-a-vis the state in their quest for specific and proportionate shares in national sovereignty. Indigenous/state political relationships are distinguished by state reliance on domestic laws and political influence to counter indigenous claims to shared sovereignty. International legal instruments, such as the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples have become sites of tension between domestic authority and international norms of justice in both Australia and New Zealand. At the same time, the Declaration’s uncertain applicability to Fiji deprives that country of a potential framework for mediating ideas about power and authority and their limits so that a relative, relational and shared sovereignty can be developed.

Keywords:   Globalisation and indigenous peoples, globalisation and indigenous politics, globalisation and indigenous economic opportunities, indigenous economic development

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