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Author Ivison, Duncan, 1965-

Title Postcolonial liberalism / Duncan Ivison
Published Cambridge ; Oakleigh, Vic. : Cambridge University Press, 2002


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Description x, 214 pages ; 23 cm
regular print
Contents Introduction: Why postcolonial liberalism? -- 1. The liberal justificatory ideal -- 2. The postcolonial challenge -- 3. Reason and community -- 4. Disagreement and public reason -- 5. Historical injustice -- 6. The postcolonial state -- 7. Land, law and governance
Summary "Postcolonial Liberalism" presents a compelling account of the challenges to liberal political theory by claims to cultural and political autonomy and land rights made by indigenous peoples today. It also confronts the sensitive issue of how liberalism has been used to justify and legitimate colonialism. Ivison argues that there is a pressing need to re-shape liberal thought to become more receptive to indigenous aspirations and modes of being. What is distinctive about the book is the middle way it charts between separatism, on the one hand, and assimilation, on the other. These two options present a false dichotomy as to what might constitute a genuinely postcolonial liberal society. In defending this ideal, the book addresses important recent debates over the nature of public reason, justice in multicultural and multinational societies, collective responsibility for the past, and clashes between individual and group rights
Analysis Indigenous populations
Social justice
Self determination
Australia overseas comparisons
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Postcolonialism.
Indigenous peoples.
LC no. 2002074165
ISBN 0521820642