Indigenous Peoples and Poverty

An International Perspective

Edited by Robyn Eversole, John-Andrew McNeish, and Alberto D. Cimadamore


This volume brings together two of today's leading concerns in development policy. Also hopes to offer indigenous peoples and activists practical insights from the experiences of others.
This book brings together two of today's leading concerns in development policy - the urgent need to prioritize poverty reduction and the particular circumstances of indigenous peoples in both developing and industrialized countries. The contributors analyse patterns of indigenous disadvantage worldwide, the centrality of the right to self-determination, and indigenous people's own diverse perspectives on development.

Several fundamental and difficult questions are explored, including the right balance to be struck between autonomy and participation, and the tension between a new wave of assimilationism in the guise of 'pro-poor' and 'inclusionary' development policies and the fact that such policies may in fact provide new spaces for indigenous peoples to advance their demands. In this regard, one overall conclusion that emerges is that both differences and commonalities must be recognised in any realistic study of indigenous poverty.

Author Bio

Robyn Eversole is a research fellow at RMIT University, Australia

John-Andrew McNeish lectures at the Institute of Anthropology, University of Bergen

Alberto Cimadamore is professor at the University of Buenos Aires; and advisor to the Latin American Council of Social Sciences

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Indigenous Peoples and Poverty - John-Andrew McNeish and Robyn Eversole
  • Part I: Indigenous Poverty
    • 2. Overview: Patterns of Indigenous Disadvantage Worldwide - Robyn Eversole
    • 3. The Conditions of Life and Health for Indigenous Women in Areas of High Marginalization, Chiapas, Mexico - Hector Javier Sanchez-Pérez, Guadalupe Vargas Morales and Josep María Jans 
    • 4. Scarred Landscapes and Tattooed Faces: Poverty, Identity and Land Conflict in a Taiwanese Indigenous Community - Scott Simon
    • 5. Nutritional Vulnerability in Indigenous Children of the Americas: A Human Rights Issue - Siri Damman
  • Part II: Indigenous People in Nation States
    • 6. Overview: The Right to Self-Determination - John-Andrew NcNeish and Robyn Eversole
    • 7. Poverty and International Aid among Russia's Indigenous Peoples - Indra Overland
    • 8. Indigenous Peoples of Southeast Asia: Poverty, Identity and Resistance - Don McCaskill and Jeff Rutherford
    • 9. Tackling Indigenous Disadvantage in the Twenty-First Century: 'Social Inclusion' and Maori in New Zealand - Louise Humpage
    • 10. Political Participation and Poverty among Colombian Indigenous Communities, the Case of the Zen and Mokan  Peoples- A. Carolina Borda Nio and Dario Mejía Montalvo
    • 11. Indigenous Peoples, Poverty, and Self-Determination in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States - Stephen Cornell
  • Part III: Indigenous People's Perspective on Development
    • 12. Overview: Indigenous Peoples' Perspectives on Development - John-Andrew NcNeish
    • 13. Ecological Wealth versus Social Poverty: Contradictions of and Perspectives on Indigenous Development in Central America and Mexico - Pablo Alarcón-Chíres
    • 14. Indigenous Anti-Poverty Strategies in an Australian Town - Robyn Eversole, Leon Ridgeway and David Mercer
    • 15. Sami Responses to Poverty in the Nordic Countries - Christian Hicks and µnde Somby
  • 16. Conclusions: Poverty, Peoples, and the Meaning of Change - John-Andrew NcNeish and Robyn Eversole
  • Index


'This book brings together two leading concerns in development policy... In addition to the general analyses put forward, there is a rich collection of specific country and indigenous populations' experiences from the Americas, Australasia, South East Asia, Europe and Russia.'
Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International


Publication Date: 1 December 2005
320 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781842776797
eBook ePub: 9781848137059
eBook PDF: 9781848131477
eBook Kindle: 9781780328102
Library Edition: 9781842776780

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