Huron Socialism

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    This article conducts a simple comparative analysis between Marxist theory and what is known in the extant literature about Huron government and governance at the village level. This is done to try to understand whether the Huron, prior to European contact, had a form of socialism. A spatial scale taken from Marxist theory (zero is no common ownership of the means of production and one hundred is total ownership) is a heuristic device used to categorize the Huron literature. This study may be important as it could explain a new form of non-normative and pre-colonial political organization. The findings of this study indicate that the Huron Nation had a distinct type of indigenous socialism. However, further investigation into the complex nature of this political structure is needed: so too is an opposite investigation (to the one used herein) into the Huron literature using an inductive method.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)115-127
    Number of pages13
    JournalAlterNative
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    GAGNON, J-P. (2012). Huron Socialism. AlterNative, 8(2), 115-127.
    GAGNON, Jean-Paul. / Huron Socialism. In: AlterNative. 2012 ; Vol. 8, No. 2. pp. 115-127.
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    GAGNON, J-P 2012, 'Huron Socialism', AlterNative, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 115-127.

    Huron Socialism. / GAGNON, Jean-Paul.

    In: AlterNative, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2012, p. 115-127.

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    GAGNON J-P. Huron Socialism. AlterNative. 2012;8(2):115-127.