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Recognition as if sovereigns? A procedural understanding of indigenous self-determination
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)In: Citizenship Studies, ISSN 1362-1025, E-ISSN 1469-3593, Vol. 19, no 6-7, 634-648 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the last two decades we have witnessed a growing global acknowledgement of indigenous rights – manifested in the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – challenging the traditional nation-state-centred understanding of political rights and democracy. In this paper, the author argues that indigenous self-determination is to be understood as a way to level the balance of power between indigenous peoples and the nation-states in which they live. Without a solid legal foundation for indigenous peoples to define self-determination in their own languages and to negotiate the conditions of their relation with the nation-states on their own terms, the colonial past (and present) of violent conquest and domination might continue. Indigenous peoples' right to self-determination ought in this perspective to imply recognition of indigenous peoples as having a standing equal to nation-states, i.e. as if they were sovereigns. What self-determination means in political practice would thus be the outcome of negotiations between two (or more) equal political entities. In this way, the right to self-determination has to be interpreted procedurally rather than substantially.

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2015. Vol. 19, no 6-7, 634-648 p.
Keyword [en]
indigenous rights, self-determination, rectificatory justice, non-domination
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125156DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2015.1010486ISI: 000367012100004OAI: diva2:892019
Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Self-Determination: The Institutional Design and Policy Process of the Swedish Sami ParliamentGlobalisation and New Political Rights. The Challenges of the Rights to Inclusion, Self-Determination and Secession
Riksbankens JubileumsfondSwedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-01-08 Created: 2016-01-08 Last updated: 2016-01-18Bibliographically approved

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