(Im)possible Co-existence: notes from a bordered, sovereign present
This essay explores the question of co-existence in relation to the issue of Indigenous sovereignty. Co-existence, as articulated here, does not mean that we don’t already co-exist in a spatial and temporal sense, but that the terms and conditions under which we do are fundamentally unequal. If white sovereignty (Moreton-Robinson 2004) frames our political, legal, economic, social and cultural arrangements, how can we think through a movement towards more egalitarian forms of co-existence? The scope of this paper is concerned with thinking through the implications of such a future, when in the present—both projects, Indigenous sovereignty as well as an egalitarian coexistence seem (im)possible.
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