Zygmunt Bauman explores the movement from a solid modernity to a liquid modernity in Liquid Times: Living in an Age of Uncertainty. I am interested in applying his theory of liquid modernity to the indigenous use of digital mediums to express dissent and build identity. Bauman has some interesting thoughts to share on sovereignty and liquid modernity’s threat to traditional sovereignty. I’m interested in how these changes impact Tribal Sovereignty.
Here is a video clip of an explanation of tribal sovereignty:
Ok, maybe that just muddied the water.
The concept of tribal sovereignty can be difficult for many of us to articulate, yet it is of fundamental concern to indigenous politics.
Let’s make a second attempt at a better explanation of tribal sovereignty. Tribal Sovereignty
Bauman argues that the movement to a liquid modernity has resulted in a separation of power from politics (1).
He describes power as moving away from the nation-state and into the global sphere, while politics by its very nature is localized and struggles to create action beyond the local level. This change divorces the power from the people. Indigenous peoples struggling with these changes in power and politics are embracing digital media to empower and mobilize, to educate and create identity in a globalized world.