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Decolonising Dignity for Inclusive Democracy

Christine J. Winter

Environmental Values 28 (2019): 9-30. doi: 10.3197/096327119X15445433913550

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ABSTRACT

The idea of dignity is often taken to be a foundation for principles of justice and democracy. In the West it has numerous formulations and conceptualisations. Within the capabilities approach to justice theorists have expanded the concept of dignity to encompass animals and ecological communities. In this article I rework the idea of dignity to include the Māori philosophical concepts of mauri, tapu and mana - something I argue is necessary if the capabilities approach is to decolonise in the Aotearoa context. Furthermore, the article links the nation's recognition of three extensive geographical regions - Te Awa Tupua, Te Urewera and Mt Taranaki - as legal persons to Mātauranga Māori and nonhuman dignity. In doing so, I identify the potential that this understanding of dignity and these legal moves have to decolonise democracy within the settler state.


KEYWORDS

Aotearoa, capabilities approach, decolonisation, democracy, Māori, Settler State

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Thinking from Within the Calyx of Nature. Freya Mathews

Nature Advocacy and the Indigenous Symbol. Mihnea Tanasescu

The Silence of Nature. Steven Vogel

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Reconciling Ecological and Democratic Values: Recent Perspectives on Ecological Democracy. David Schlosberg, Karin Bäckstrand and Jonathan Pickering


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