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Indigenous Women's Appropriation and Redeployment of Human Rights: A Comparative Study of the Native Women's Association of Canada and K'inal Antsetik (Mexico)

  • Author / Creator
    Pelletier Cisneros, Brigitte
  • Recent studies have examined the roles and politics of human rights in relation to Indigenous peoples. An analysis of the negotiation of rights discourse by Indigenous women in a comparative framework is however lacking in critical scholarship. This study examines how Indigenous women in Canada and Mexico mobilize rights to challenge the cultural and systemic injustices they endure. With the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and K'inal Antsetik (Mexico) as case studies, this study seeks to explore how Indigenous women in both places perceive and use human rights. The appropriation and redeployment of rights according to Shannon Speed et al.’s analysis is a useful tool for Indigenous women to apply this discourse to their local realities. A comparative analysis of Indigenous women’s organization’s use of human rights contributes to the establishment of a sustainable, effective and equitable framework and practice of human rights for Indigenous women in various contexts.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3R08Q
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Political Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Isabel Altamirano Jiménez (Political Science, and School of Native Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Gotell, Lise (Women's and Gender Studies)
    • Harder, Lois (Political Science)