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The Origins of Indigenism: Human Rights and the Politics of Identity

Ronald Niezen


“International indigenism” may sound like a contradiction in terms, but it is indeed a global phenomenon and a growing form of activism. This book examines the ways the relatively recent emergence of an internationally recognized identity—”indigenous peoples”—intersects with another relatively recent international movement—the development of universal human rights laws and principles. This movement makes use of human rights instruments and the international organizations of states to resist the political, cultural, and economic incursions of individual states. The concept “indigenous peoples” ... More

Keywords: international indigenism, activism, indigenous peoples, human rights, international organizations, social reform, assimilation policies, collective rights, self-determination, autonomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520235540
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520235540.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Niezen, author