Karen Engle

The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy

Book cover for The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy by Karen L. Engle

Around the world, indigenous peoples use international law to make claims for heritage, territory, and economic development. Karen Engle traces the history of these claims, considering the prevalence of particular legal frameworks and their costs and benefits for indigenous groups. Her vivid account highlights the dilemmas that accompany each legal strategy, as well as the persistent elusiveness of economic development for indigenous peoples. Focusing primarily on the Americas, Engle describes how cultural rights emerged over self-determination as the dominant framework for indigenous advocacy in the late twentieth century, bringing unfortunate, if unintended, consequences. Visit the book website.

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Karen Engle
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The University of Texas at Austin
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