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Agonistic reconciliation: inclusion, decolonisation and the need for radical innovation.

  • Academic Journal
  • Maddison, Sarah1 (AUTHOR)
  • Third World Quarterly. Jun2022, Vol. 43 Issue 6, p1307-1323. 17p.
  • In settler colonial societies like Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, Indigenous–state relations are defined by ongoing conflict over unresolved questions of sovereignty, self-determination, and land. These conflicts have remained intractable regardless of the policy approaches engineered by the state. This article outlines an analytical approach to agonistic reconciliation by mapping the polar ends of a spectrum of responses to conflict in Indigenous–settler relations, with inclusion at one end of this spectrum and decolonisation at the other. Agonistic inclusion seeks to engage reconciliatory relations within colonial democratic institutions, while agonistic decolonisation rejects the legitimacy of these institutions and seeks radical innovation in their place. The article concludes by arguing that scholars must be alert to the seductive pull of inclusion and push instead towards the radical innovation that decolonisation demands. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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