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Oneida nationalism.There is a belief in the coherence and possibility of relationships between the three Oneida communitiesexisting as one nation. While it is important not to romanticize this and thereby envision that the Oneida areculturally, spiritually, and politically united, one should not completely discount the centrality of the idea of aunified Oneida Nation. On a basic level, there does exist a sense of nationhood among the communities, a sense of connection and kinship between Oneidas when they meet individually, even if it is sometimes absent in public discourse or if official relations between the communities are adversarial. A number of core principles that shape the framework in which the Oneida land rights have been argued.Consistently, the goal of a reconstituted unified Oneida Nation in the homelands is advocated. The act of defining oneself in terms of a land base that many Oneidas no longer have access to is a complex process inwhich geography plays a central role. Location also affects the ways the Oneida situate themselves when theyargue for the return of land. A sense of traditionalism also frames the debate. Throughout the process, theland claim is placed within a unique sense of the past that is informed by the reality of the present.Thus the land claim exists not only as a focal point of conflict, but also as a nexus of hope -- with dreams of unity and the strengthening of the sovereignty envisioned. The land claim is a way to remain "Oneida yet."
Adelson, Naomi. (1992) ""Being alive well": Indigenous belief as opposition among the Whapmagoostui Cree." Ph.D.Dissertation, McGill University. 284 pp.
Through an analysis of Cree concepts of well-being, I challenge conventional social scientific definitions of health. In this dissertation I argue that there exists a fundamental biomedical dualism in health studies and,using cross-cultural examples, explore an expanded notion of 'health.' I then introduce the Cree concept of miyupimaatisiiu ('being alive well') and explain that for the Whapmagoostui Cree there is no term that translates back into English as health. I present the core symbols of 'being alive well' and in their analysis find a persistence of traditional meanings. For the Cree 'being alive well' is consonant with 'being Cree', simultaneously transcending the individual and reflecting current political realities. Miyupimaatisiiu for theadult Cree of Whapmagoostui is a strategy of cultural assertion and resistance and hence situated within therealm of political discourses.
Agoes, Irid F. (1999) "Indigenous Jakartans and globalization." Ph.D. Dissertation, State University of New York atBuffalo. 186 pp.
This thesis examines the impact of economic globalization on Indonesians. To understand the thesis, it isimportant to know the background of the study. Initially, the study was to interview Indonesian former student activists who fought for the future of Indonesia in 1960s and who have become leaders in the government and business. What was their dream for Indonesia back then and how did they think of theeconomic globalization now? But I found that they did not think about the impact of economic globalization,except that it had made them rich. The study changed, the objective remained: What is the impact of economic globalization? The new focus was on Orang Betawi, indigenous Jakartans. As I started writing thethesis, economic globalization had a direct impact on me. Without warning and without being activelyinvolved in the global economy, many 'innocent' Asians went bankrupt, because of the 'Asian economiccollapse.' The story of the indigenous Jakartans and the story of my life blended. Self-portrayal became part of my ethnography not only because of the self-understanding that came from sharing the experience of Orang Betawi, but also from suffering the same dispossession and impoverishment as they did. The first chapter, The Day Heaven Fell, describes feelings of the writer and of the families who lost their land. The second, Jakarta Catching Up with the World, describes Jakarta's effort to become one of the world'smetropolitan metropolises. The third chapter, Jakarta in the Global Outreach, is about Indonesia'sinfatuation with globalizing values. Chapter four, The Values Within, explores Betawi values. The fifthchapter, When Dreams Become Nightmares describes the disruption results from the economic collapse, thebeginning of deeper problems that continue to convulse Jakarta and Indonesia as a whole. This chapter endswith a section called Electronic News, a mosaic of relevant news from the Internet, a collage created throughan instrument of globalization and representing the effects of the globalization. The final chapter of thisthesis is (In)conclusion, reiterating the problems wrought by globalization as it continues to exist unless wequestion its existence.
Ahokas, Marianne M. (1992) ""As distinct as nature has formed them": Race, class, and nation in the early Republic."Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota. 152 pp.
"No nation imagines itself coterminous with mankind," Benedict Anderson has declared. But that was theidealistic implication of the natural rights rhetoric that justified the founding of the United States, the first