Private reservations: Liberal forms and aboriginal norms in the theory and practice of property
culture, property, individualism, indigenous peoples
Much contemporary discourse about Indigenous and liberal conceptions of the nexus between property, culture, and individualism has emphasized the dichotomy between Indigenous and western European paradigms of property. Yet a closer examination of property forms in liberal society reveals a far wider range of Indigenous-style property holding than is broadly recognized. Versions of the collective ownership, control and self-constraint associated with the Indigenous model can also be seen in numerous forms of liberal property holding in non-Indigenous society, particularly where people are seeking to realize the Indigenous goods of distributive equity, community and collegiality, and the preservation of social or group identity.
Soroski, J. (2017). “Private Reservations: Liberal Forms and Aboriginal Norms in the Theory and Practice of Property.” Canadian Journal of Native Studies 37(2): 131-158.
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