Colonialism Invigorated? The Manufacture of Resilient Indigeneity

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Amid and unpredictable change globally, indigenous peoples are frequently referred to as prime examples of resilience. The peoples’ proven track record of persevering and ability to adapt have attracted attention worldwide. Previously deemed in need of ‘development’, the peoples are being called upon to provide what is now an invaluable contribution. Resilience holds out a promise of a (better) future for us all, and for the peoples suggests a greater role in impacting the future. This article dissects the promise of change engendered through the call for indigenous resilience. By drawing on critical discussions on adaptation, indigeneity and contemporary colonialism, it offers an account of the ways in which resilience cements time-tried expectations that indigenous peoples always adapt. Even though the international community would have us believe that colonial practices are a thing of the past, this article argues that the global call for indigenous resilience signals a resurgence of those practices.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)240-254
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed