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In the Way of Development

Indigenous Peoples, Life Projects and Globalization

By Mario Blaser (Edited by), Harvey A. Feit (Edited by), Glenn McRae (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 384 pages
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Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2004
Indigenous peoples today are enmeshed in the expanding modern economy, subject to the pressures of both market and government. This book takes indigenous peoples as actors, not victims, as its starting point in analysing this interaction. It assembles a rich diversity of statements, case studies and wider thematic explorations, primarily from North America, and particularly the Cree, the Haudenausaunee (Iroquois) and Chippewa-Ojibwe peoples who straddle the US/Canadian border, but also from South America and the former Soviet Union. It explores the complex relationships between indigenous peoples, civil society, and the environment. It shows how the boundaries between indigenous peoples' organizations, civil society, the state, markets, development and the environment are ambiguous and constantly changing. These complexities create both opportunities and threats for local agency. People resist or react to the pressures of market and state, while sustaining 'life projects' of their own, embodying their own local history, visions and strategies.

Table of Contents

Introductions1. Indigenous Peoples and Development Processes: New Terrains of Struggle - Mario Blaser, Harvey A. Feit and Glenn McRae2. Life Projects: Indigenous Peoples' Agency and Development - Mario BlaserPart I: Visions: Life Projects, Representations and Conflicts3. Life Projects: Development Our Way - Bruno Barras4. 'Way of Life' or 'Who Decides': Development, Paraguayan Indigenism and the Yshiro People's Life Projects - Mario Blaser5. Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Sustainable Development: Toward Co-Existence - Deborah McGregor6. James Bay Crees' Life Projects and Politics: Histories of Place, Animal Partners and Enduring Relationships - Harvey A. Feit7. Grassroots Transnationalism and Life Projects of Vermonters in the Great Whale Campaign - Glenn McRae8. 'The People Had Discovered Their Own Approach to Life': Politicizing Development Discourse - Wendy RussellPart II: Strategies: States, Markets and Civil Society9. Survival in the Context of Mega-Resource Development: Experiences of the James Bay Cree and the First Nations of Canada - Matthew Coon Come10. The Importance of Working Together: Exclusions, Conflicts and Participation in James Bay, Quebec - Brian Craik11. Defending a Common Home: Native/Non-Native Alliances against Mining Corporations in Wisconsin - Al Gedicks and Zoltan Grossman12. Chilean Economic Expansion and Mega-Development Projects in Mapuche Territories - Aldisson Anguita Mariqueo13. Hydroelectric Development on the Bio-Bio River, Chile: Anthropology and Human RightsAdvocacy - Barbara Rose Johnston and Carmen Garcia-DowningPart III: Invitations: Connections and Co-existence14. Revisiting Gandhi and Zapata: Motion of Global Capital, Geographies of Difference and the Formation of Ecological Ethnicities - Pramod Parajuli15. A Dream of Democracy in the Russian Far East - Petra Rethmann16. The 'Risk Society': Tradition, Ecological Order and Time-Space Acceleration - Peter Harries-Jones17. Conflicting Discourses of Property, Governance and Development in the Indigenous North - Colin Scott18. Resistance, Determination and Perseverance of the Lubicon Cree Women - Dawn Martin-Hill19. Restoring our Relationship for the Future - Mary Arquette, Maxine Cole and the Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment20. In Memoriam: Chief Harvey Longboat (1936-2001)

About the Author

Harvey Feit is professor of anthropology at McMaster University in Canada, where Mario. E. Blaser is a doctoral candidate. Glenn McRae is an applied anthropologist and environmental consultant. The contributors are a mix of indigenous peoples' leaders and social scientists from a wide range of disciplines.

Reviews

'This superb book builds on the illuminating contrast between the 'life projects' of indigenous people and the 'development projects' funded by global capital. 'Life projects' are about the right of any people to define the meaning of their life and their place in the cosmos. The book is filled with ambiguous but sometimes hopeful examples of indigenous peoples working with NGOs, governments, and corporations to defend their autonomy, and in the process shaping human rights and development agendas nationally and globally' - John H. Bodley, Professor of Anthropology, Washington State University, author of Victims of Progress (1999) and The Power of Scale (2003). 'A comprehensive account of relations between agents of globalization - corporations and states - and indigenous peoples worldwide. The book provides a unique synthesis of indigenous peoples' strategies of active resistance and approaches to living autonomously. It indicates lessons for us, both about the importance of supporting indigenous peoples who are at the front lines in this struggle, and for the ways we orient our own agency as we come to grips with similar forces.' - Michael Asch, University of Victoria, Canada

EAN: 9781842771938
ISBN: 1842771930
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Dimensions: 23.01 x 15.37 x 2.06 centimetres (0.63 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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