chapter  9
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The construction of ‘indigenous peoples’ in Cambodia


Indigenous peoples The term ‘indigenous peoples’ is now in common use, and has become pervasive in both academic and popular literature and various public discourses globally. However, most people tend to apply it uncritically, frequently without thinking twice, let alone pondering its history, questioning its meaning or considering its political implications. It has become mainstream and naturalized for most. For example, the United Nations recognizes indigenous peoples, as is clear from the September 2007 adoption by the General Assembly of the ‘UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’.2 One might conclude that it is easy to determine who is ‘indigenous’ and who is not.