A Two-Edged Sword: A Perspective from Indigenous Peoples
Paul Bowles & Henry Veltmeyer (Eds.), National Perspectives on Globalization: A Critical Reader (pp. 187-203), New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
12 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 2006
The focus of this chapter is the phenomenon of globalization as a contemporary manifestation of a long historical process of expansionism, in which tensions between the contested mandates of expansion and accumulation has been in constant interplay with the world’s indigenous peoples. This chapter explores the dialectic relationship between indigenous peoples and the transformation of the state under the aegis of globalization. Two key themes underpin this discussion. The first is the processes by which the early imperialist endeavour saw sovereign indigenous peoples within resource-rich lands and territories either eradicated as much as possible or recast as dependent populations within nation states. The second concerns the strategies of resistance that indigenous peoples have employed, the impact of these strategies on the shaping of world order, and the ambiguities of the state responses in this present postmodern moment.
Keywords: Indigenous people, globalization, expansionism, nation states
JEL Classification: P16, P29, P48
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