From Indigenous economies to market-based self-governance: A feminist political economy analysis

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This paper examines the apparent contradiction between the current tendency of many Indigenous groups and their political institutions to embrace the capitalist economic model as the one and only solution in establishing contemporary Indigenous self-governance, on the one hand, and on the other, the detrimental force of the market economy on Indigenous societies, past and present. The starting point is the following question. If the global market economy historically played a significant role in the loss of political and economic autonomy of Indigenous societies and women, how meaningful or sustainable is it to seek to (re)build contemporary Indigenous governance on the very economic model that was largely responsible for undermining it in the first place? Shouldn't this history be taken into consideration when discussing and shaping models and policies for contemporary Indigenous governance and hence be more critical of the standard economic development frameworks hailed as the path toward self-governance?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-297
JournalCanadian Journal of Political Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Field of science

  • Gender studies


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