Urban Indigeneities

Being Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century

Dana Brablec (Editor), Andrew Canessa (Editor)
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Today a majority of Indigenous peoples live in urban areas: they are builders and cleaners, teachers and lawyers, market women and masons, living in towns and cities surrounded by the people and pollution that characterize life for most individuals in the twenty-first century. Despite this basic fact, the vast majority of studies on Indigenous peoples concentrate solely on rural Indigenous populations.

Aiming to highlight these often-overlooked communities, this is the first book to look at urban Indigenous peoples globally and present the urban Indigenous experience—not as the exception but as the norm. The contributing essays draw on a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, architecture, land economy, and area studies, and are written by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars. The analysis looks at Indigenous people across the world and draws on examples not usually considered within the study of indigeneity, such as Fiji, Japan, and Russia.

Indigeneity is often seen as being “authentic” when it is practiced in remote rural areas, but these essays show that a vigorous, vibrant, and meaningful indigeneity can be created in urban spaces too. The book challenges many of the imaginaries and tropes of what constitutes “the Indigenous” and offers perspectives and tools to understand a contemporary Indigenous urban reality. As such, it is a must-read for anyone interested in the real lives of Indigenous people today.

Aiko Ikemura Amaral
Chris Andersen
Giuliana Borea
Dana Brablec
Andrew Canessa
Sandra del Valle Casals
Stanislav Saas Ksenofontov
Daniela Peluso
Andrey Petrov
Marya Rozanova-Smith
Kate Stevens
Kanako Uzawa

“The authors explore urban indigeneity, the diverse political and cultural consequences of the rise of urban Indigenous communities. Using a remarkably diverse, global set of case studies, they describe the growing political stature of urban Indigenous peoples, the attenuation of rural practices as benchmark for identity, and the new Indigenous consciousness that emerges as Native life rebalances across urban and rural settings.”—Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, co-author of Fast, Easy, and in Cash: Artisan Hardship and Hope in the Global Economy
Urban Indigeneities
276 Pages 6 x 9 x 0
Published: September 2023Hardcover ISBN: 9780816548828
Published: September 2023Ebook ISBN: 9780816548835

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