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ERIC Number: EJ978215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Reconciling "Terror": Managing Indigenous Resistance in the Age of Apology
Wakeham, Pauline
American Indian Quarterly, v36 n1 p1-33 Win 2012
If recent years have witnessed the rise of a worldwide phenomenon of reconciliation and apology, so also in the past few decades, and with increasing force since September 11, 2001, the global forum has seen the increased mediatization of spectacles of terror. The present moment is thus characterized by two seemingly contradictory rubrics: the "age of apologies" and the "War on Terror." While political and critical discourses have tended to bifurcate discussion of these two contemporaneous phenomena, the author argues that they are intimately interconnected. At the same time that governments and tribunals are reinscribing liberal humanist principles in their quest to find redemption from violence and to reaffirm a commitment to justice and peace--those concepts that seem to be the foundation of reconciliation processes--new crimes against humanity are being legitimated under the banner of "just war" and uncannily similar discourses regarding the spread of democracy and the upholding of global peace. This article examines the complex intersections between the age of apologies and the War on Terror and the political ramifications of these intertwined--rather than discrete--phenomena. In particular, this essay is concerned with the implications of the conjuncture of discourses of reconciliation and terror for Indigenous peoples in settler states such as New Zealand and Canada. Through case studies of recent events in New Zealand and Canada, the author analyzes how reconciliation and terror may converge in ways that collapse the differences between a spectrum of Indigenous anticolonial resistance practices and strip them of their historical and political specificity. (Contains 73 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; New Zealand