Title The Fourth World
Subtitle An Indian Reality
Author George Manuel, Michael Posluns
ISBN 9781517906061
List price GBP 19.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 320
Book size 134 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Minnesota Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“At the time of writing The Fourth World it would have been difficult (although not impossible) to predict the degree to which the recognition of Indigenous rights would come to serve as the cunning medium through which dispossession would be facilitated, not reversed, by the colonial state and international legal apparatus. In spite of his lifelong struggle, however, George Manuel’s vision of decolonization for the Fourth World has yet to come to fruition, both nationally and globally. The Fourth World is nevertheless one of those rare examples of a book that continues to be relevant after forty-two years since its original publication”

Glen Sean Coulthard, from the Introduction


A foundational work of radical anticolonialism, back in print Originally published in 1974, The Fourth World is a critical work of Indigenous political activism that has long been out of print. George Manuel, a leader in the North American Indian movement at that time, with coauthor journalist Michael Posluns, presents a rich historical document that traces the struggle for Indigenous survival as a nation, a culture, and a reality. The authors shed light on alternatives for coexistence that would take place in the Fourth World—an alternative to the new world, the old world, and the Third World. Manuel was the first to develop this concept of the “fourth world” to describe the place occupied by Indigenous nations within colonial nation-states. Accompanied by a new Introduction and Afterword, this book is as poignant and provocative today as it was when first published.


Introduction: A Fourth World Resurgent (Glen Sean Coulthard)

The Fourth World

Foreword (Vine Deloria Jr.)

Authors’ Note


Introduction: “Does Indians Have Feelings?”

Chapter 1. Mutual Dependence

Chapter 2. Strong Medicine

Chapter 3. The Earth and My Grandmother

Chapter 4. We Honour Our Grandfathers Who Kept Us Alive

Chapter 5. Scratching for a Start

Chapter 6. Becoming a Fisher of Men

Chapter 7. The Decade of Consultation

Chapter 8. The Daily Struggle Now

Chapter 9. The Fourth World

Afterword (Doreen Manuel)



About the Authors:

George Manuel (1921–1989) (Secwepemc) was an aboriginal leader and activist. He formed the UN-affiliated World Council of Indigenous Peoples in 1975.

Michael Posluns is author of Voices from the Odeyak and Speaking with Authority.

Target Audience:

This book is useful for people interested in cultural studies, political science, geography and media.


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