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The Land Is Our HistoryIndigeneity, Law, and the Settler State$
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Miranda Johnson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190600020

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600020.001.0001

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A Fragile Truce

(p.1) Introduction
The Land Is Our History

Miranda Johnson

Oxford University Press

In a global context of new social movements in the 1960s, indigenous activists made a distinct claim for their identity as peoples that went beyond a claim for equal rights. The introduction discusses how activists forced settler states to compromise and accommodate some of their demands and outlines the stakes for indigenous peoples in doing so, particularly to the ways in which they were or were not represented as historical agents. It argues that settler states were looking for a postcolonial identity in a moment of nationalist uncertainty and that indigenous identity offered a new story for the way forward. Throughout, the introduction provides definitions of the key terms used in later chapters. It situates the argument of this book in reference to central debates in the fields of indigenous studies and settler colonialism about representation, agency, and state hegemony.

Keywords:   nationalism, indigenous peoples, dispossession, settler state, settler colonialism, distinct rights, first peoples, hearsay testimony, aboriginal title, coevalness

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