The discursive nature of citizenship: Indigenous sovereign rights, racism and welfare reform

The discursive nature of citizenship: Indigenous sovereign rights, racism and welfare reform Journal Article

International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies

  • Author(s): Aileen Moreton-Robinson
  • Published: 2009
  • Volume: 2

Abstract: Citizenship is more than a status associated with a bundle of rights; it is also the formal contract by which the sovereignty of a nation is extended to the individual in exchange for being governed. Who can and who cannot contract into this status and what rights are able to be exercised is also shaped by who possesses the nation. In this article it is argued that citizenship operates discursively to contain Indigenous people’s engagement with the economy through social rights. This containment precludes consideration of Indigenous sovereign rights to our lands and resources, to enable Indigenous economic development within a capitalist market economy. 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or other-wise used or acquired. 2. Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use, as well as those which they have otherwise acquired. 3. States shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources. Such recognition shall be conducted with due respect to the customs, traditions and land tenure systems of the indigenous peoples concerned. (Article 26, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007:10)

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Aileen Moreton-Robinson, 2009, The discursive nature of citizenship: Indigenous sovereign rights, racism and welfare reform, Volume:2, Journal Article, viewed 17 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3395.

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