From Indigenous Economies to Market-Based Self-Governance: A Feminist Political Economy Analysis

  • Citation: Kuokkanen, Rauna. "From indigenous economies to market-based self-governance: A feminist political economy analysis." Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique 44.2 (2011): 275-297.
    • Topics:
    • IR Theories
    • Keywords:
    • feminist political economy
    • ‘Aboriginal capitalism
    • ’ First Nations
    • Indigenous governance

This paper examines the apparent contradiction between the current tendency of many Indigenous groups and their political institutions to embrace the capitalist economic model as the one and only solution in establishing contemporary Indigenous self-governance, on the one hand, and on the other, the detrimental force of the market economy on Indigenous societies, past and present. The starting point is the following question. If the global market economy historically played a significant role in the loss of political and economic autonomy of Indigenous societies and women, how meaningful or sustainable is it to seek to (re)build contemporary Indigenous governance on the very economic model that was largely responsible for undermining it in the first place? Shouldn’t this history be taken into consideration when discussing and shaping models and policies for contemporary Indigenous governance and hence be more critical of the standard economic development frameworks hailed as the path toward self-governance?

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