Who is an Indian?: Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas

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Maximilian C. Forte
University of Toronto Press, 2013 - Social Science - 254 pages
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Who is an Indian? This is possibly the oldest question facing Indigenous peoples across the Americas, and one with significant implications for decisions relating to resource distribution, conflicts over who gets to live where and for how long, and clashing principles of governance and law. For centuries, the dominant views on this issue have been strongly shaped by ideas of both race and place. But just as important, who is permitted to ask, and answer this question?

This collection examines the changing roles of race and place in the politics of defining Indigenous identities in the Americas. Drawing on case studies of Indigenous communities across North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, it is a rare volume to compare Indigenous experience throughout the western hemisphere. The contributors question the vocabulary, legal mechanisms, and applications of science in constructing the identities of Indigenous populations, and consider ideas of nation, land, and tradition in moving indigeneity beyond race.

 

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Contents

Inuitness and Territoriality in Canada
52
Federally Unrecognized Indigenous Communities in Canadian
71
What Sociology Can Learn from
92
Nationality Blood and the Cherokee
124
The Role Of Place in Costa Rican Chorotega
151
Carib Identity Racial Politics and the Problem of Indigenous
172
The International Funding of Indigeneity
194
Indians and Progress in
218
Seeing beyond the State and Thinking beyond
234
Index
247
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Maximilian C. Forte is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University.

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