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The AnglosphereContinuity, Dissonance and Location$
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Ben Wellings and Andrew Mycock

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266618

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266618.001.0001

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The Anglosphere and Indigenous Politics

The Anglosphere and Indigenous Politics

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The Anglosphere

Katherine Smits

British Academy

This chapter examines the challenges posed by the heritage of imperialism and colonisation to the concept of the Anglosphere. It explores transnational cooperation and collaboration between indigenous communities, arguing that indigenous peoples have created a transnational counter-public sphere. This indigenous public sphere has developed in the context of globalised norms of indigeneity and collaborative work in drafting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It reflects shared cultural values, and the common experience of colonisation, as well as recent shared activism. It demonstrates collaboration beyond the purported borders of the Anglosphere, and challenges the assumption of homogeneous and shared public cultures in each Anglosphere state. It also counters the argument that Anglosphere countries have a common and shared relationship between public culture and political values and institutions. The chapter focuses on the relationship between New Zealand Maori and Indigenous Australians, and their recent collaboration in advocating for constitutional change and Indigenous recognition in Australia.

Keywords:   Anglosphere, indigenous, colonisation, public sphere, New Zealand, Australia, UNDRIP

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