The Impossibility of Citizenship Liberation for Indigenous People

  • Joyce Green
Part of the Politics of Citizenship and Migration book series (POCM)


Citizenship is considered an evolving normative good, a relationship between citizen and state that has produced greater degrees of democratic involvement and accountability and of state commitment to citizen well-being, including human rights. Yet for Indigenous peoples, states are fundamentally agents of oppression, maintaining an imposed and illegitimate sovereignty against Indigenous peoples through a colonial settler order legitimated by racist myths and policy. The kinder gentler colonialism of equitable inclusion in state citizenship is definitively incorporation into, not liberation from, the settler state.


Citizenship Indigeneity Settler Colonialism Reconciliation Indigenous Imaginaries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joyce Green
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  1. 1.Department of Political and International StudiesUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada

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