Native acts is a significant work with broad appeal across many fields of study with its interdisciplinary approach to legal issues of the politics of recognition membership and tradition the focus on contested histories notions of cultural authenticity and battles over legal legitimacy is accomplished with incisive critical analysis . Joanne barkers compelling text is an historical analysis bounded by case studies that analyze the social legal and cultural themes of native authenticity barker breaks from federal recognition in relation to native nations to individual recognition and membership between the individual and their tribes. Joanne barkers native acts law recognition and cultural authenticity is a powerful contribution to analyses of the twinned processes of racialization and recognition of native peoples within a us federal colonial framework her arguments cut to the core of political questions arising from the mobilization of and investments in particular . Native acts law recognition and cultural authenticity is significant in that it rejects the imagined figure of an authentic native and opens space to grapple with other hegemonic ideologies this work gestures toward the interwoven layers of law recognition and cultural authenticity which operate in tandem with one another to reveal . 212 c 2012 center for greot ploins studies university of nebroska lincoln great plains research vol 22 no2 2012 native acts law recognition and cultural authenticity by joanne barker durham nc duke university press 2011
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