Indigeneity, ethnicity and the state: Australia, Fiji and New Zealand

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This article draws on the politics of indigeneity to distinguish the claims of first occupancy from simple ethnic identity politics, illustrating that relative political marginalization in Australasia is not so much a function of minority status but of indigeneity itself. The politics of indigeneity's aim is to create political space for self-determination and a particular indigenous share in the sovereign authority of the nation-state itself. The Australasian states are compared with Fiji to demonstrate that the significance of historical constraints on political authority transcend the withdrawal of a colonial power and the restoration of collective indigenous majority population status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-42
Number of pages17
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


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