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In the Way of Development : Indigenous Peoples, Life Projects and Globalization - Mario Blaser

In the Way of Development

Indigenous Peoples, Life Projects and Globalization

By: Mario Blaser (Editor), Harvey A. Feit (Editor), Glenn McRae (Editor)

Paperback Published: 18th September 2004
ISBN: 9781842771938
Number Of Pages: 384

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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.

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'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

Introduction
Indigenous Peoples and Development Processes: New Terrains of Struggle
Life Projects: Indigenous Peoples' Agency and Development
Visions: Life Projects, Representations and Conflicts
Life Projects: Development Our Way
'Way of Life' or 'Who Decides': Development, Paraguayan Indigenism and the Yshiro People's Life Projects
Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Sustainable Development: Toward Co-Existence
James Bay Crees' Life Projects and Politics: Histories of Place, Animal Partners and Enduring Relationships
Grassroots Transnationalism and Life Projects of Vermonters in the Great Whale Campaign
'The People Had Discovered Their Own Approach to Life': Politicizing Development Discourse
Strategies: States, Markets and Civil Society
Survival in the Context of Mega-Resource Development: Experiences of the James Bay Cree and the First Nations of Canada
The Importance of Working Together: Exclusions, Conflicts and Participation in James Bay, Quebec
Defending a Common Home: Native/Non-Native Alliances against Mining Corporations in Wisconsin
Chilean Economic Expansion and Mega-Development Projects in Mapuche Territories
Hydroelectric Development on the Biacute;o-Biacute;o River, Chile: Anthropology and Human Rights Advocacy
Invitations: Connections and Co-Existence
Revisiting Gandhi and Zapata: Motion of Global Capital, Geographies of Difference and the Formation of Ecological Ethnicities
A Dream of Democracy in the Russian Far East
The 'Risk Society': Tradition, Ecological Order and Time-Space Acceleration
Conflicting Discourses of Property, Governance and Development in the Indigenous North
Resistance, Determination and Perseverance of the Lubicon Cree Women
Restoring our Relationship for the Future
In Memoriam: Chief Harvey Longboat (1936-2001)
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ISBN: 9781842771938
ISBN-10: 1842771930
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 18th September 2004
Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1

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