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Rethinking Political Culture

Political culture in Nunavut has long been characterized by different approaches to political life: traditional Inuit attitudes toward governance, federal aspirations for the political integration of Inuit, and territorial strategies for institutional development. Ailsa Henderson links these features to contemporary political attitudes and behaviour, concluding that a distinctive political culture is emerging in Nunavut. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork and quantitative analysis, this book provides the first systematic, empirical study of political life in Nunavut, offering comprehensive analysis of the evolving nature of aboriginal self-government in the Arctic and shedding crucial light on Inuit–non-Inuit relations.

272 pages

Table of Contents

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1 Introduction

2 Politics in Nunavut

3 Inuit Political Culture

4 Political Integration in the Eastern Arctic

5 Institutional Design in the Eastern Arctic

6 Consensus Politics

7 Political Participation in Nunavut

8 Ideological Diversity in Nunavut

9 Transforming Political Culture in Nunavut

10 Cultural Pluralism and Political Culture





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