Reconciling indigenous exceptionality: thinking beyond Canada's petro-state of exception

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dc.contributor.author Burgess, Olivia
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-23T18:03:33Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-23T18:03:33Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-12-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/11407
dc.description.abstract This thesis is concerned with the Canadian state’s rhetoric of reconciliation, the logic of exceptionality that supports it, and the ways this logic helps soften Indigenous communities for resource development. In formulating my theoretical framework, I draw from Agamben’s theories of sovereignty and states of exception, Mark Rifkin’s reworking of Agamben’s theories to accommodate a settler-colonial context, Pauline Wakeham’s application of the logic of exceptionality to rhetorics of apology and terrorism, and Glen Coulthard’s concepts of translation (as the attempt to bring Indigenous discourses and life ways into the realm of a Western/settler-colonial discourse of state sovereignty) and grounded normativity (as a way of making visible the contingency of such narratives of state sovereignty). Following the work of James Tully and John Borrows in Resurgence and Reconciliation, particularly the argument that transformative reconciliation must involve reconciliation with the living earth, my project aims to show that official reconciliation actually prevents the possibility of transformative reconciliation because of the role it plays in furthering an extractivist agenda by “exceptionalizing" Indigenous peoples and life-ways to rhetorically contain Indigenous anti-colonial or anti-industry actions, physically contain Indigenous dissenters during moments of crisis (i.e. states of exception), pre-emptively frame Indigenous dissenters as terroristic, and foreclose discussions of ongoing colonialism. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Reconciliation en_US
dc.subject Exception en_US
dc.subject Agamben en_US
dc.subject Unist'ot'en en_US
dc.subject Grounded normativity en_US
dc.subject Resources en_US
dc.subject Coulthard en_US
dc.subject colonialism en_US
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject Pipeline en_US
dc.subject Politics en_US
dc.subject rhetoric en_US
dc.subject sovereignty en_US
dc.subject Terror en_US
dc.title Reconciling indigenous exceptionality: thinking beyond Canada's petro-state of exception en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Shukin, Nicole
dc.degree.department Department of English en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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