Self-determination: From decolonization to deterritorialization

Barnsley, Ingrid and Bleiker, Roland (2008) Self-determination: From decolonization to deterritorialization. Global Change, Peace and Security, 20 2: 121-136. doi:10.1080/14781150802079797

Author Barnsley, Ingrid
Bleiker, Roland
Title Self-determination: From decolonization to deterritorialization
Journal name Global Change, Peace and Security   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-1158
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14781150802079797
Open Access Status
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 121
End page 136
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
1606 Political Science
9402 Government and Politics
Abstract Unresolved claims to self-determination are among the biggest challenges in global politics today. A large number of groups in all parts of the world, from indigenous peoples to religious, linguistic and ethnic minorities, seek independence or greater participation in the determination of their futures. However, several problems associated with the conceptualization of self-determination are limiting opportunities for the peaceful resolution of such claims. The international community lacks a coherent legal framework for extending the right of self-determination to all peoples, particularly to groups outside the decolonization context. More seriously, the issue of self-determination remains linked to a deeply entrenched concept of state sovereignty which revolves around an artificial link between nations, states and territorial integrity. Given that the boundaries of identity and community are fluid and constantly shifting, this territorial model of sovereignty more often precipitates rather than accommodates claims to self-determination. We thus argue for the need to deterritorialize self-determination, which would place greater emphasis on human rights and democratic participation. It would also open up more possibilities to deal with self-determination claims in the context of alternative political arrangements, such as autonomy, federalism, multiculturalism or overlapping sovereignties.
Keyword Self-determination
State sovereignty
Territorial integrity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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