Indigenous Peoples and Globalization: Resistance and Revitalization


  • ISBN: 978-1-59451-658-0
  • Publish date: September 2009
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  • Publish date: May 2009
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The issues native peoples face intensify with globalization. Through case studies from around the world, Hall and Fenelon demonstrate how indigenous peoples’ movements can be understood only by linking highly localized processes with larger global and historical forces. The authors show that indigenous peoples have been resisting and adapting to encounters with states for millennia. Unlike other antiglobalization activists, indigenous peoples primarily seek autonomy and the right to determine their own processes of adaptation and change, especially in relationship to their origin lands and community. The authors link their analyses to current understandings of the evolution of globalization.

  • Includes suggested readings and useful websites at the end of each chapter.
  • All theories and concepts are clearly defined.
  • Links several approaches to indigenous relations often not addressed, such as placing indigenous relations in a context of global social change over millennia, with a strong emphasis on the last few centuries and attempting to present indigenous views on these issues.
  • Provides several case studies of indigenous peoples in the Americas, Oceania, and Asia.
  • The discussion is framed within current intellectual debates in the social sciences with explicit suggestions for future research.


". . . [Hall and Fenelon] provide an interesting addition to the indigeneity literature. Recommended."

"This is a serious scholarly contribution that undergraduate students will find accessible and interesting. The breadth of scholarship in this slim volume is truly impressive.… (It’s) provocative approach makes it ideal for use in the classroom. It also contains lists of web resources and recommended further readings."
Journal of Sociology

“I strongly recommend the book for students, researchers, and scholars to help them understand the impact of globalization from an indigenous angle.”
Rural Sociology

“Hall and Fenelon give us a global perspective on Indigenous social movements through detailed case studies of important struggles across the globe. We learn about Maori of New Zealand, the Adevasi in India, the Zapatista Movement in Mexico, and the Lakota and Navajo in the United States. These and other movements are placed in a larger framework that helps us understand how native peoples have been able to persist over the centuries and resist the recent pressures of globalization. An excellent text for classes that stress human rights and indigenous perspectives.”
Louise Lamphere, Professor of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Visting Professor at University of California–Berkley

"This work will be significant to the work of a wide range of scholars with interests in anthropology, human rights, ecological pasts and futures, and the legacies of violent colonialisms.”
Neil Whitehead, Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“This book provides considerable empirical detail in case studies that are helpful and illustrative…. The book covers theoretical insights that all students in the social science and American Indian studies fields should be aware of and should take into consideration when analyzing policy, history, and current events among indigenous peoples.”
from the foreword by Duane Champagne

“This is a book I’ve long been hoping for, as an introduction to Native American Studies. Combining social scientific analysis with humanistic commitment, Hall and Fenelon examine the persistence of Native peoples throughout the Americas and beyond amidst the encroachments of globalism. A superb work.”
Christopher Vecsey, Director of the Native American Studies Program, Colgate University

“This fascinating study examines the continuing struggles of indigenous peoples to sustain their autonomy in the face of both national and international political and economic forces. Using a revitalized notion of ‘world systems’ professors Hall and Fenelon illustrate the importance of appreciating the global dimensions to the long history of such widespread resistance by indigenous societies.

Using closely argued examples from both current and past contexts the authors show in detail the intricate sets of relationships that bind the fate of indigenous peoples to the vagaries of political and economic power beyond their own social horizons.

Particular case studies of the Mexican Zapatistas, the Maori in New Zealand, Adevasi in India, and of Native North America convincingly ground the authors’ theoretical approaches and allow them to make a powerful historical argument for indigenous human rights.

Hall and Fenelon stress that a better understanding of the cyclical nature of such conflicts is itself an important element in ensuring recognition of those rights. As a result we are obliged to rethink not just our scholarly analyses but also the nature of our own political and cultural commitments to a more equitable world.

Indigenous peoples throughout the world are experiencing the full presence of injustice in the form of duplicitous development schemes, poverty, landlessness, dispossession, political and religious oppression, and genocide. Hall and Fenelon have created a remarkable book about the complex reasons for these injustices. They extend their earlier work in a sober, yet provocative manner, especially from a world-system perspective. The power of the book rests on its ability to provoke and urge us to rethink many facets of social change and history connected to the diverse indigenous peoples on our planet.”
Pat Lauderdale, Professor of Justice, Arizona State University, Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the Department of Sociology

“This book is about how indigenous peoples are forbearing the invisible hand of free market and its proponents, and in the process are finding new political life and cultural strength. Fenelon and Hall tell story after story about Indigenous peoples saying, 'we are still here, we are getting stronger, and we are calling the shots on our terms.' Students and scholars interested in globalization theory, Indigenous issues, and American Indian Studies need to read about these stories.”
Manley Begay, director of the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy in the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and senior lecturer/associate social scientist in the American Indian Studies Program at The University of Arizona


Foreword by Duane Champagne
List of Illustrations

Chapter 1: Globalization and Indigenous Survival

Chapter 2: Indigenous Global Struggles: Models of Revitalization and Resistance

Chapter 3: Maori in New Zealand (Aotearoa) and Adevasi in South Asia (India)

Chapter 4: Indigenous Mexico: Globalization and Resistance

Chapter 5: American Indian Survival and Revitalization: Native Nations in the United States

Chapter 6: Indigenous Peoples: Global Perspectives and Movements

Chapter 7: Conclusions: Indigenous Peoples, Globalization, and Future Prospects


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