Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781783601721 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783601738 Published October 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Decolonizing Solidarity

Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Clare Land

Decolonizing Solidarity

Clare Land

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256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781783601721 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783601738 Published October 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Decolonizing Solidarities is a thorough examination of the problems that can arise when activists from colonial backgrounds seek to be politically supportive of indigenous struggles. Blending key theoretical and practical questions, Clare Land argues that the impulses that drive middle-class settler activists to support indigenous peoples will not lead to successful alliances and meaningful social change without an essential process of public political action and critical self-reflection.
 
Based on a wealth of in-depth interviews and original research, with a focus on Australia, Decolonizing Solidarities provides a vital resource for anyone involved in indigenous activism or scholarship.
Contents
Foreword
Introduction
1. Land rights, sovereignty and Black Power in south-east Australia
2. A political genealogy for contemporary non-Indigenous activism in Australia
3. Identity categories: how activists both use and refuse them
4. Collaboration, dialogue and friendship: always a good thing?
5. Acting politically with self-understanding
6. A moral and political framework for non-Indigenous people's solidarity
7. Reckoning with complicity
Conclusion: Solidarity with other struggles
Appendix I. Acronyms
Appendix II. Key events and organizations in south-east Indigenous struggles
Appendix III. Biographies of people involved in the book
Appendix IV. Links to original activist documents
Review Quotes
State Crime
“[T]his book should be compulsory reading for non-Indigenous scholars, including postgraduate students, whose research interests revolve around Indigenous communities.”
Canadian Journal of Education
“An ambitious and important book that comes at a pivotal time. . . . I recommend reading it, reflecting, and reading it again.”
McGill Journal of Education
“Land provides meaningful and insightful accounts of community-based education initiatives necessary for solidarity movements.”
E3W Review of Books
“This timely and important book by Clare Land offers a critical resource to assist a new generation of activists . . . provides urgently needed and critically important reflections on the practices of solidarity activism that push beyond liberal models of solidarity politics.”
Overland Literary Journal
“Land’s book is an important contribution to an emergent ‘non-Indigenous progressive research agenda’ . . .  provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of solidarity work more generally, posing broader questions of involvement and self-interest in solidarity politics and intersectional work for activists.”
Linda Tuhiwai Smith, author of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
“Excellent. . . . The book is written in a way that is accessible to a range of allies outside academic circles and speaks to real case studies which can be resonate with other contexts.”
Paul Kivel, educator, activist and author of Uprooting Racism
“A nuanced and insightful examination of the complexity and challenges of being an ally to Indigenous struggles. It serves as an excellent and much-needed guide for all of us working for, with, or on behalf of marginalized and disenfranchised communities.”
Patta Scott-Villiers, Institute of Development Studies
“A thoughtful and thought-provoking book. Both profound and practical, Land poses vital questions to the reader interested in solidarity and social change.”
Damien Short, School of Advanced Study
“In this excellent book, Land covers an exceptional breadth of issues with considerable aplomb. It is a provocative and lively read, rich with data that brings indigenous voices to the fore.”
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