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Restructuring RelationsIndigenous Self-Determination, Governance, and Gender$
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Rauna Kuokkanen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190913281

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190913281.001.0001

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Indigenous Gender Justice as Restructuring Relations

Indigenous Gender Justice as Restructuring Relations

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Restructuring Relations

Rauna Kuokkanen

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter argues that there is no Indigenous self-determination without Indigenous gender justice. Whatever is put in place in the name of Indigenous self-determination (or sovereignty) without interrogating gender and gender regimes of existing political organizations will be a smokescreen for upholding the status quo, and the subordination of groups and individuals whose interests and concerns do not correspond with the established agendas. The author proposes an approach of Indigenous gender justice based on key issues and concerns raised and discussed by the research participants in the three regions. To some extent, there is an overlap of concerns and priorities with non-Indigenous feminist considerations of gender justice, but there are also a host of issues that standard gender justice theories do not consider. The theoretical starting point is Nancy Fraser’s three-dimensional theory of gender justice based on distribution, recognition, and representation, which is built upon drawing from the interview data. This concluding chapter returns to the idea of self-determination as a foundational value and explores it in relation to Indigenous gender justice. The author focuses on three issues that Indigenous women considered most pressing with regard to the quest for self-determination: the welfare of children, violence against women, and the legitimacy of Indigenous political systems vis-à-vis existing self-government institutions.

Keywords:   CEDAW, redistribution, recognition, representation, Indigenous law, rematriation as euphemism, queering Indigenous governance, collective/individual consent, community justice, Zapatista women

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