Indigenous Cosmopolitans

Transnational and Transcultural Indigeneity in the Twenty-First Century

by Maximilian C. Forte (Volume editor)
Textbook X, 223 Pages


What happens to indigenous culture and identity when being rooted in a fixed cultural setting is no longer necessary – or even possible? Does cultural displacement mean that indigeneity vanishes? How is being and becoming indigenous (i.e., indigeneity) experienced and practiced along translocal pathways? How are «new» philosophies and politics of indigenous identification (indigenism) constructed in «new», translocal settings? The essays in this collection develop our understandings of cosmopolitanism and transnationalism, and related processes and experiences of social and cultural globalization, showing us that these do not spell the end of ways of being and becoming indigenous. Instead, indigeneity is reengaged in wider fields, finding alternative ways of being established and projected, or bolstering older ways of doing so, while reaching out to other cultures.


X, 223
ISBN (Softcover)
indigenous identities transnationalism transculturation Caribbean Inuit Maya anthropology native studies indigenous studies aboriginals urbanization ethnography
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. X, 223 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Maximilian C. Forte (Volume editor)

The Editor: Maximilian C. Forte is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is the editor of Indigenous Resurgence in the Contemporary Caribbean (Lang, 2006) and author of Ruins of Absence, Presence of Caribs: (Post) Colonial Constructions of Aboriginality in Trinidad and Tobago (2005). He has also published his research in Indigenous World, Indigenous Affairs, and Cultural Survival Quarterly.


Title: Indigenous Cosmopolitans