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Strategies of JusticeAboriginal Peoples, Persistent Injustice, and the Ethics of Political Action$
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Burke A. Hendrix

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198833543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198833543.001.0001

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Introduction: Word Warriors and Political Action

Introduction: Word Warriors and Political Action

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction: Word Warriors and Political Action
Strategies of Justice

Burke A. Hendrix

Oxford University Press

This is a book about political action within conditions of persistent injustice. The introduction outlines questions about the ethics of political action, and it describes the model of political theorizing to be used throughout the book. To give these questions greater immediacy, the chapter draws on Dale Turner’s argument that Aboriginal scholars and political actors should see themselves as “word warriors,” adopting a watchful and strategic attitude toward state political structures and major social institutions. It outlines the grounds that Aboriginal actors have for approaching politics in this way, and it describes the course that the book’s chapters will follow.

Keywords:   persistent injustice, political ethics, word warriors, moral permissions, democratic deliberation

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