Establishing indigeneity in African pluralities using PRO169 parameters and a case study for measuring their inclusivity

Gagnon, Jean-Paul (2010) Establishing indigeneity in African pluralities using PRO169 parameters and a case study for measuring their inclusivity. [Working Paper] (Submitted (not yet accepted for publication))


The concept of the indigenous person or group in Africa is a contentious one. The current argument is that there exist no indigenous people in Africa because all Africans are indigenous. The obverse considers those Africans who have not been touched by colonialism and lost their traditional cultures commensurate with attachments to the lands or a distinguishable traditional lifestyle to be indigenous. This paper argues in favor of the latter. People who live in the global telos and do not participate in a distinct traditional culture that has been attached to the land for centuries are not indigenous. It is argued that this cultural divergence between modern and traditional is the major identifying point to settle the indigenous-non indigenous African debate. Finally, the paper looks at inclusive development and provides a new political analysis model for quantifying inclusivity so as to measure the inclusivity of indigenous peoples.

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ID Code: 33265
Item Type: Working Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: indigenous, Africa, globalization, culture, PRO169
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Jean-Paul Gagnon
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2010 21:39
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2010 22:24

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