Anxious reconciliation(s): unsettling foundations and spatializing history

Bhandar, Brenna (2004) Anxious reconciliation(s): unsettling foundations and spatializing history. Society and Space, 22 (6). pp. 831-845. ISSN 0263-7758. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In this paper I explore the relationship between law, history, and reconciliation in the Canadian context. I argue that linear, teleological forms of history are employed by courts to continually reiterate the myth of a legitimate assertion of colonial sovereignty. By doing so, any potential for political transformation that lies in the objective of reconciliation is stunted; political challenges brought in the form of aboriginal rights claims are folded back into the existing political, economic, and juridical structures of the nation-state. I conclude with an examination of how spatializing history in a nonlinear, nonteleological way could open up possibilities for political change and transformation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: F. Hogben
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 19:28
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:05
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2124 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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