Identity Captured by Law: Membership in Canada's Indigenous Peoples and Linguistic Minorities

SKU: 0773527893

Sébastien Grammond
Grade Levels:
Adult Education, College, University
Multiple Nations
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In Identity Captured by Law, Sébastien Grammond explains how minority rights make identity legally relevant, providing a detailed account of struggles that have been fought concerning Indian status and admission to minority-language schools. Setting his analysis of the law in the wider interdisciplinary context of anthropology and political theory, Grammond assesses whether a group''s membership rules are an accurate reflection of their ethnicity and are based on sound justifications of minority rights. He argues that membership rules do not violate equality rights if there is sufficient correspondence between the legal criteria that determine membership and the group''s own cultural or relational conceptions of their ethnic identity. Comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and original in its comparison of indigenous peoples and linguistic minorities, Identity Captured by Law is an invaluable resource for legal and political scholars and students, as well as anyone interested in the controversies surrounding the legal recognition of identity.


Sébastien Grammond is professor of law, University of Ottawa, and the author of Aménager la coexistence: les peuples autochtones et le droit canadien, an award-winning treatise on Native law.


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