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Grounded Authority


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Table of Contents

Preface: An Autobiography of Territory
1. Flipping the Terms of Recognition: A Methodology
2. How Did Colonialism Fail to Dispossess?
3. Jurisdiction from the Ground Up: A Legal Order of Care
4. Property as a Technique of Jurisdiction: Traplines and Tenure
5. "They're Clear-Cutting Our Way of Life"
6. The Trilateral Agreement is Born
7. Coup D'etat in Fourth World Canada
8. The Government Must Fall
9. Security, Critical Infrastructure, and the Geography of Indigenous Lands
Conclusion: A Land Claim is Canada's Claim: Against Extinguishment

About the Author

Shiri Pasternak is assistant professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and at Columbia University's Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies.


"Grounded Authority is a powerful and compelling study based upon a sophisticated grasp of Indigenous politics, settler colonial logics, and political theory."-Kevin Bruyneel, author of The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations"An impressive and highly original analysis of the overlapping conflict-laden regimes of legal and political authority, Shiri Pasternak's deeply researched study provides an analytically nuanced and engaging account of the ways in which the Algonquins of Barriere Lake confront the jurisdictional claims over their land and lives made by Canada and the province of Quebec. Grounded Authority brilliantly succeeds at intervening at multiple registers."-Alyosha Goldstein, University of New Mexico

"Extremely well-researched and documented."-CHOICE

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