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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)
15 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

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
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

Fingerprint

Melanesia
ethnicity
New Zealand
politics
colonial power
self determination
indigenous population
marginalization
nation state
ethnic identity
self-determination
withdrawal
restoration
minority

Cite this

@article{f0fec7c44af6453bb91596dd46bfc659,
title = "Indigeneity, ethnicity and the state: Australia, Fiji and New Zealand",
abstract = "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.",
keywords = "Marginalization, Minority group, Power relations, Self determination",
author = "Dominic O'Sullivan",
note = "Includes bibliographical references.",
year = "2014",
month = "1",
doi = "10.1080/13537113.2014.878611#.VRjzNNgcTaQ",
language = "English",
volume = "20",
pages = "26--42",
journal = "Nationalism and Ethnic Politics",
issn = "1353-7113",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "1",

}

Indigeneity, ethnicity and the state : Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. / O'Sullivan, Dominic.

In: Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol. 20, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 26-42.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Indigeneity, ethnicity and the state

T2 - Australia, Fiji and New Zealand

AU - O'Sullivan, Dominic

N1 - Includes bibliographical references.

PY - 2014/1

Y1 - 2014/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Marginalization

KW - Minority group

KW - Power relations

KW - Self determination

U2 - 10.1080/13537113.2014.878611#.VRjzNNgcTaQ

DO - 10.1080/13537113.2014.878611#.VRjzNNgcTaQ

M3 - Article

VL - 20

SP - 26

EP - 42

JO - Nationalism and Ethnic Politics

JF - Nationalism and Ethnic Politics

SN - 1353-7113

IS - 1

ER -