Relentless Assimilationist Indigenous Policy: From Invasion of Group Rights to Genocide in Mercy’s Clothing

Indigenous Policy Journal (3) (2016)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Despite the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, assimilationist policies continue, whether official or effective. Such policies affect more than the right to group choice. The concern is whether indeed genocide or “only” ethnocide (or culturecide)—the elimination of a traditional culture—is at work. Discussions of the distinction between the two terms have been inconsistent enough that at least one commentator has declared that they cannot be used in analytical contexts. While these terms, I contend, have distinct senses, yet in cases of governmental and other institutional assimilationist policy for indigenous peoples, such ethnocide effectively entails genocide. Insofar as any people’s cultural practices and beliefs are essential for life and health, individuals in groups value, if tacitly, their culture as highly as their language or any artifact: Thus, attempts to eradicate a culture through assimilation in fact eradicate individuals’ lives and health and so are effectively murderous. Acknowledgement by worldwide organizations that assimilationist ethnocide is effectively genocide should affect policy concerning indigenous peoples and thus has significance for international law.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Between Genocide and "Genocide". [REVIEW]Berel Lang - 2011 - History and Theory 50 (2):285-294.
Between genocide and “genocide”.Berel Lang - 2011 - History and Theory 50 (2):285-294.
Clarifying the concept of genocide.Mohammed Abed - 2006 - Metaphilosophy 37 (3-4):308–330.
Are There Any Defensible Indigenous Rights?Gillian Brock - 2002 - Contemporary Political Theory 1 (3):285-305.
Genocide: A Normative Account.Larry May - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
Genocide and the moral agency of ethnic groups.Karen Kovach - 2006 - Metaphilosophy 37 (3-4):331–352.
Justice and indigenous land rights.Susan Dodds - 1998 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 41 (2):187 – 205.

Analytics

Added to PP
2018-04-25

Downloads
327 (#53,878)

6 months
60 (#64,520)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Lantz Fleming Miller
University of Twente

Citations of this work

Persisting pan-institutional racism.Lantz Fleming Miller - 2017 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 43 (7):748-774.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Word and Object.Willard Van Orman Quine - 1960 - Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.
Word and Object.Willard Van Orman Quine - 1960 - Les Etudes Philosophiques 17 (2):278-279.
Word and Object.Henry W. Johnstone - 1961 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 22 (1):115-116.

View all 12 references / Add more references