Native Peoples and the Problem of Paternalism

Kristin Shrader‐Frechette

in Environmental Justice

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152036
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833665 | DOI:

Series: Environmental Ethics and Science Policy Series

 Native Peoples and the Problem of Paternalism

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Using case studies focusing on Shell Oil drilling in Africa and on native American attempts to take U.S. hazardous and radioactive waste onto reservations, the chapter analyzes the concept of paternalism. It argues that it is not paternalistic to demand a halt to imposing such risks on indigenous people. Showing that behavior – which victimizes indigenous people – amounts to threats to equality and to supporting colonialism, the chapter argues for a concept of geographical equality.

Keywords: colonialism; environmental injustice; equality; future generations; indigenous people; informed consent; justice; native Americans; nuclear waste; risk

Chapter.  7962 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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