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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (and the Modern World System)

Indigenous peoples all over the world are abused and misused by those ethnonations that dominate and control nation-states in the capitalist world system. The homelands, economic and natural resources of these peoples were expropriated and transferred to colonial settlers and their descendants who have no interest to protect the political, economic, civil, and social rights that are articulated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The main objective of our group is to inform the world community about the plight of these stateless peoples through research, publications, teaching, and public lectures and to search for ways of implementing universal human rights by supporting their respective social justice movements.

Representative Publications

  • Gellert, Paul K. (2010). “Rival Transnational Networks, Domestic Politics, and Indonesian Timber.” Journal of Contemporary Asia 40(3).
  • Gellert, Paul K. and Jon Shefner. (2009). “People, Place and Time: How Structural Fieldwork Helps World-Systems Analysis” Journal of World-Systems Research 15(2):193-218.
  • Feldman, Shelley and Paul K. Gellert. (2006). “The Seductive Quality of Central Human Capabilities: Sociological Insights into Nussbaum and Sen’s Disagreement.” Economy and Society 35(3):423-452.
  • Jalata, Asafa. (2012). “Gadaa (Oromo Democracy): An Example of Classical African Civilization,” The Journal of Pan-African Studies, vol.5, no., March, pp. 126-152.
  • Jalata, Asafa. (2011). “My Conversation with Sisai Ibssa,” The Journal of Oromo Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, July, Special Issue, pp. 81-107.
  • Jalata, Asafa. (2011). “The Oromo in Exile: Creating Knowledge and Promoting Social Justice,” Journal of Societies Without Borders/Sociologists Without Border/Sociologos Sin Fronteras: Human Rights & the Social Sciences 6: 1, June, 33-72.
  • Jalata, Asafa. (2011). “Terrorism from Above and Below in the Age of Globalization,” Sociology Mind, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-15.

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