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Hunters and Bureaucrats

Power, Knowledge, and Aboriginal-State Relations in the Southwest Yukon

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Hunters and Bureaucrats

Power, Knowledge, and Aboriginal-State Relations in the Southwest Yukon

This book challenges this conventional wisdom that land claims and co-management – two of the most visible and celebrated elements of this restructuring the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state – will help reverse centuries of inequity. Based on three years of ethnographic research in the Yukon, the author examines the complex relationship between the people of Kluane First Nation, the land and animals, and the state. This book moves beyond conventional models of colonialism, in which the state is treated as a monolithic entity, and instead explores how “state power” is reproduced through everyday bureaucratic practices – including struggles over the production and use of knowledge.

328 pages


Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Aboriginal-State Relations in Kluane Country: An Overview

2 “It’s Not Really ‘Knowledge’ at All, It’s More a Way of Life”

3 The Politics of TEK: Power and the Integration of Knowledge

4 Counting Sheep: The Ruby Range Sheep Steering Committee and the Construction of Knowledge

5 Knowledge-Integration in Practice: The Case of the Ruby Range Sheep Steering Committee

6 “Just Like Whitemen”: Property and Land Claims in Kluane Country

Conclusion

Notes

References

Index

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