Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples' Resistance to Globalization

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Sierra Club Books, 2006 - Political Science - 261 pages
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Best-selling author and cultural critic Jerry Mander has challenged dominant cultural mind-sets in books such as Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television and In the Absence of the Sacred. In Paradigm Wars, he and coeditor Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a leader of the global indigenous peoples movement and chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, have gathered an impressive international roster of contributors to document the momentous collision of worldviews that pits the forces of economic globalization against the Earth's surviving indigenous peoples.
Many of the planet's dwindling resources are located on lands inhabited by native communities. Those resources are now the direct target of giant global corporations who desperately need them to fuel their own unsustainable growth. The World Trade Organization and other global structures of trade and finance have written the rules of trade to make life easier for these corporate resource-hunters--accelerating the loss of native lands, autonomy, and rights and creating millions of refugees.
Paradigm Wars is the first major work to comprehensively illuminate this shameful scenario. In firsthand reports by twenty-five indigenous and nonindigenous writers, the book details the devastating impacts of extractive industries and bioprospecting, the degrading of cultural artifacts and languages, even the damage done by some well-meaning conservation groups. The book also highlights how indigenous communities are strongly resisting this onslaught, often with amazing success. Anyone concerned with environmental or social justice will find inspiration in their resistance.

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Assault on Indigenous Resources
Our Right to Remain Separate and Distinct Victoria TauliCorpuz
Aspects of Traditional Knowledge and Worldview

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Jerry Mander is Founder and Distinguished Fellow of the International Forum on Globalization and author of five books, including "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television" and "Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible". His latest book is "The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System.

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