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  The right of a group with a distinctive territorial identity to determine its own destiny. The concept, similar to that of nationalism, is generally applied to the claims of indigenous populations living within territories occupied by others, such as American Indians and New Zealand Maori (cf. colonialism). Such groups claim self-determination rights according to the statement in the United Nations\' Charter that:

All people have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they may freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. (RJJ) Suggested Reading Johnston, R.J., Knight, D.B. and Kofman, E., eds, 1988: Nationalism, self-determination and political geography. London and New York: Croom Helm.



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