From recognition to agonistic reconciliation: a critical multilogue on Indigenous-settler relations in Canada

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2012-12-20

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Harland, Fraser

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Theories of recognition, once seen as a promising approach for addressing the politics of difference and identity, have recently faced a sustained critique. This thesis participates in that critical project by confronting two recognition theorists – Charles Taylor and Nancy Fraser – with the injustices of colonialism in Canada as articulated by Indigenous scholars, particularly Dale Turner. The resultant critical multilogue highlights the shortcomings in each theory, but also points to their key strengths. These insights inform a discussion of agonistic reconciliation, a concept that transcends the limits of the recognition paradigm and offers hope for more just relations between Indigenous peoples and settlers in Canada.

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Recognition, Reconciliation, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Agonistic Democracy, Charles Taylor, Nancy Fraser

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