Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory, and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.

Territorialization and the Politics of Autochthony

Territorialization and the Politics of Autochthony
Territorialization and the politics of autochthony

In September 2007, the United Nations adopted a ‘Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ (IPs). This text was the result of half a century of activism on the part of NGOs and Indigenous movements and was designed to protect inter alia their heritage, memory and identity. IPs justify their activism on the grounds of their autochthony. They claim fundamental and special rights to territories. Yet a closer examination of Indigenous movements around the world shows that they have quite different and sometimes conflicting agendas. This has not prevented them from converging on a global scale and confronting the top-down policies of states with a stake in territorializing their populations and controlling migratory flows. ...

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