At the Risk of Being Heard

Identity, Indigenous Rights, and Postcolonial States
Bartholomew Dean and Jerome M. Levi, Editors
An analysis of indigenous rights and the challenges confronting indigenous peoples in the twenty-first century


Leading experts in the analysis of ethnicity and indigenous rights explore why and how the circumstances of indigenous peoples are improving in some places of the world, while human rights continue to be abused in others. Drawing on case studies from Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas, the contributors investigate how political organization, natural resource management, economic development, and conflicting definitions over cultural, linguistic, religious, and territorial identity have informed indigenous strategies for empowerment.

Bartholomew Dean is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Kansas.

Jerome M. Levi is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Carleton College.

Praise / Awards

  • "A valuable collection, of use to both scholars and activists. In addition to providing timely reports on the situation of indigenous peoples around the globe, the authors comprehensively examine current debates on universal, individual rights vs. collective, culture-specific rights."
    —Jean E. Jackson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • "Lucid and realistic, with a refreshing lack of self-importance, this impressive collection builds on anthropology's unique disciplinary heritage to tackle an urgent set of global and local issues."
    —Jonathan Benthall, University College London
  • "This book is a powerful and timely indictment of neocolonial adventurism in indigenous peoples' territories, resources, cultures, and lives. Through an inspiring convocation of ten socially engaged and brilliant anthropologists, editors Dean and Levi take us on a painful albeit heartening journey to the struggle of indigenous communities for their cultural and political rights."
    —Stefano Varese, University of California, Davis
  • "Of the many edited volumes on indigenous political movements, this is a standout. A star cast has produced essays that are rich in historical context, political insight, and ethnography. . . . Essential."

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 356pp.
  • 11 B&W photographs, 10 maps.
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  • Paper
  • 2003
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  • 978-0-472-06736-7

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