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ERIC Number: EJ847800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
The Contemporary Reality of Canadian Imperialism: Settler Colonialism and the Hybrid Colonial State
Barker, Adam J.
American Indian Quarterly, v33 n3 p325-351 Sum 2009
The author's fundamental contention is this: Canadian society remains driven by the logic of imperialism and engages in concerted colonial action against Indigenous peoples whose claims to land and self-determination continue to undermine the legitimacy of Canadian authority and hegemony. The imperial ambitions of the Canadian state and its transnational partners express a need for power, and thus many Settler Canadians choose to engage in expansive creation of systems of control, encouraged by the efforts of imperial elites who grant privileges in exchange for assistance. Settler Canadians feel this need particularly strongly because of their proximity to Indigenous peoples who, in their eyes, represent chaos and because of the growing, complicated myths of Settler Canadian benevolence that act as both a cover and a motivator for actions of control. Imperial forces exert pressure to ensure that Settlers continue to fill their colonial role; once this process is established, though, individuals must ask the question of why Settlers continue to submit to a society predicated upon power and control that is so diametrically opposed to the principles that most Settlers claim so strongly to espouse and that results in their own control. Understanding and confronting this motivation on an individual level is key to dismantling the Canadian society of control and the hybrid colonial values that it protects. (Contains 71 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada