Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Duncan Ivison (Editor), Paul Patton (Editor), Will Sanders (Editor)

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This challenging book focuses on the problem of justice for indigenous peoples – in philosophical, legal, cultural and political contexts – and the ways in which this problem poses key questions for political theory. It includes chapters by leading political theorists and indigenous scholars from Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada and the United States. One of the strengths of this book is the manner in which it shows how the different historical circumstances of colonisation in these countries raise common problems and questions for contemporary political theory. It examines ways in which political theory has contributed to the past subjugation and continuing disadvantage faced by indigenous peoples, while also seeking to identify resources in contemporary political thought that can assist the ongoing processes of 'decolonisation' of relations between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

Approaches the issue of Aboriginal rights from the perspective of key issues in contemporary political theory
Brings together leading contemporary political theorists
Focuses on three key concepts: sovereignty, identity, democracy and the nation
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages323
ISBN (Print)9780521779371, 0521779375, 0521770483
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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