The Concept of Indigenous Peoples in Asia: A Resource Book

1st Edition

Christian Erni

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
Published March 2, 2009
Reference - 461 Pages
ISBN 9788791563348 - CAT# Y372457
Series: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)

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The concept of indigenous peoples has not only been hotly debated within academic circles over the past two decades, it has been met with skepticism if not outright rejection among representatives of governments, especially in Asia and Africa.

This book does not dwell or expand on the controversy on the applicability of the concept to Asia. Its point of departure is the fact that more and more groups in Asia identify themselves as indigenous peoples, and its ultimate purpose is to provide assistance in addressing the practical question of how the concept of indigenous peoples can be applied in the particular context of Asian nations. This volume includes key articles that directly or indirectly address the issue from historical, anthropological, legal and indigenous activists’ perspectives, and at international, regional, national and local levels.


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