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Anthropology and the Politics of Difference in Canada and South Africa

evie Plaice.

Since the 1970s, there has been growing recognition of First Nations rights in Canada. These rights usually involve claims to land and the right to self determination, but many such rights become couched in ethnic and even racial terms that argue for special rights for particular groups. By contrast, South Africa is in the process of recovering from apartheid and the racially prejudiced management of resources. Minority rights and claims to resources based in ethnic distinctiveness raise contrasting issues for social scientists in these countries. The nature of cultural diversity is brought into focus through a comparison of social science response to minority issues in both countries.


evie Plaice  (Canada)
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts; Faculty of Education
University of New Brunswick

Born in England, and currently hold citizenship in both Britain and Canada. Studied geography and anthropology at undergraduate level, received graduate degrees in anthropology from Memorial University in Canada (MA) and Manchester Universiy in England (PhD). MA thesis on ethnic relations in central Labrador published in 1990. PhD manuscript on militarisation, land use and ethnopolitics in Labrador under consideration with University of Toronto Press. Conducted fieldwork in Labrador over two decades (1972-1997), and taught for eight years (1991-1999) at the University of Natal in South Africa. Presently teaching in both anthropology and education at the University of New Brunswick.

  • Indigenous rights
  • Human rights
  • Minority rights
  • Land
  • Ethnicity
  • Ethnopolitics
  • Identity

(30 min Conference Paper, English)