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ERIC Number: EJ905895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
Outsiders in Their Homeland: Discursive Construction of Aboriginal Women and Citizenship
Fiske, Jo-Anne; Belanger, Yale D.; Gregory, David
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v34 n3 p71-92 2010
Confrontations between urban neighborhoods and activist organizations seeking affordable housing and shelter for the homeless are attracting the increased attention of academics and policy makers. Perceived as a problem to be resolved, and constituted as a "syndrome," the social phenomenon "not in my backyard" (NIMBY) is positioned as a response to alleged social and economic threats associated with the siting of undesired facilities within a neighborhood or community. NIMBY resistance emerges in response to the perceived negative social character of nonmarket housing residents and fears that their presence will lead to devaluation of private property and disruption of community harmony and safety. Through placing the NIMBY encounters within an analysis of macrolevel forces, the authors seek to advance an understanding of NIMBY interactions and pose new questions regarding the meaning and practice of citizenship. They address a case study of NIMBYism in "River City," a Canadian prairie community of 84,000. They focus on discourses of citizenship that arose when a nonprofit association of First Nations women sought a site for a transition home for women seeking temporary accommodation, access to education and training programs, social services, and cultural support. Here, the authors first consider official discourses used by the city and leading institutions within it in order to understand how the city constructs itself out of its past. They address ramifications of historically specific discourses for current productions of social identities and interracial relations. Second, they investigate the deployment of these discourses, along with unofficial discourses, by the neighborhood into which the women seek to move. They examine the discursive positioning of the neighborhood within the city and its resistance to stigmatizing discourses that stress the presence of social problems and crime. Third, they explore the construction of citizenship within the public forum of NIMBY encounters. (Contains 42 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada