We are not you : First Nations and Canadian modernity / Claude Denis.

Author
Denis, Claude, 1960- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Peterborough, Ont. ; Orchard Park, NY : Broadview Press, 1997.
Description
178 pages ; 23 cm.

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"We are not You starts with a 1992 court case, Peters v. Campbell, in which Joseph Peters sued fellow members of his Coast Salish people who, at his wife's instigation, forced him to undergo traditional ceremonies in order to resolve various marital difficulties. In the hands of Claude Denis, the case becomes a focal point of interpretations of difference set against the political landscape of Canada's highly charged conflicts of nationalisms.Observing the ruling and reasoning of the court (which found in favour of Peters), and the way in which that ruling was reported through the national media, this book is an exploration of the language of power and authority, of individual and collective rights, and of the politics of difference.What guidelines should we follow when the laws of the modern state and the laws of Aboriginal peoples collide? What do such cases reveal about the underlying spiritual and material orientations of aboriginal and dominant societies? What do they have to say about the corrosive issue of relativism? The author tackles all these questions with insight and perception-explores as well the dimension of gender, which sheds light both on this case and on the more general issues from a different angle.Denis starts from a single fascinating case study, but in the end his aim is to put modernity itself into question. There is something to be learned from a case like this, from the aboriginal side, about modernity's own limitations and shortcomings. But more fundamentally, the book interrogates modernity's claim that society's political self making can and will bring about human emancipation."-- Back cover.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 161-172) and index.
Contents
  • 1. Nationalisms
  • 2. Colonialism
  • 3. Individual freedom
  • 4. Self-government
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 6. Pluralisms
  • 7. Limit-experience.
ISBN
  • 1551111187
  • 9781551111186
  • 9781442603073
  • 1442603070
LCCN
98143829
OCLC
37492413
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