The American Empire and the Fourth World

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2005 - Political Science - 683 pages
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In The American Empire and the Fourth World Anthony Hall presents a sweeping analysis of encounters between indigenous people and the European empires, national governments, and global corporations on the moving frontiers of globalization since Columbus "discovered America." How should we respond to the emergence of the United States as the military, commercial, and cultural centre of a global empire? How can we elaborate a global rule of law based on equality and democracy when the world's most powerful polity acknowledges no higher authority in the international arena than its own domestic priorities? For Hall the answer lies in the concept of the Fourth World, an inclusive intellectual tent covering a wide range of movements whose leaders seek to implement alternative views of globalization. Larger than any earlier political movement, the Fourth World embraces basic principles that include the inherent rights of self-determination and a more just approach to the crafting and enforcement of international law.
 

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Contents

Charting Territory Giving Names
59
Imagining Civilization on the Frontiers of Aboriginality
137
Globalization Decolonization and the Fourth World
209
Patenting the Land
293
Revolution and Empire
295
The Bowl with One Spoon
371
Expansion or Immigration into Indian Country?
427
Two Legal Countries
469
Notes
535
Index
619
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Many animals build shelters, but only humans build homes. No other species creates such a variety of dwellings. Drawing examples from across the archaeological record and around the world, archaeologist Jerry D. Moore recounts the cultural development of the uniquely human imperative to maintain domestic dwellings. He shows how our houses allow us to physically adapt to the environment and conceptually order the cosmos, and explains how we fabricate dwellings and, in the process, construct our lives. The Prehistory of Home points out how houses function as symbols of equality or proclaim the social divides between people, and how they shield us not only from the elements, but increasingly from inchoate fear.Anthony J. Hall is the founding coordinator and associate professor, globalization studies, University of Lethbridge.

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