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Searching for certainty in purity: Indigenous fundamentalism

Hill, B. (2014) Searching for certainty in purity: Indigenous fundamentalism. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 20 (1). pp. 10-25.

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Indigenous resistance to colonial hegemony developed as one based on a politics of difference. This strategic construction of difference relied on the notion of culture to establish a discursive space to articulate the political demands of the subjugated Indigenous minority. This article interrogates the less liberatory impulses of such political constructions of identity and culture. I contend that indigenous responses to colonization that are based on a politics of difference have the potential to, and in particular instances do, invoke the notion of culture and identity as an oppressive site of authority in a way that is, in practice, fundamentalist.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
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