Author/Editor: Clare Land
New Pb 336 pp.
Subject: Social Studies,Politics,Development
In this highly original and much-needed book, Clare Land interrogates
the often fraught endeavours of activists from colonial backgrounds
seeking to be politically supportive of Indigenous struggles. Blending
key theoretical and practical questions, Land argues that the
predominant impulses which drive middle-class settler activists to
support Indigenous people cannot lead to successful alliances and
meaningful social change unless they are significantly transformed
through a process of both public political action and critical
Based on a wealth of in-depth, original research, and focussing in particular on Australia, where - despite strident challenges - the vestiges of British law and cultural power have restrained the nation's emergence out of colonizing dynamics, Decolonizing Solidarity provides a vital resource for those involved in Indigenous activism and scholarship.
'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.'
Linda Tuhiwai Smith, author of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
'Decolonizing Solidarity is 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.'
Paul Kivel, educator, activist and author of Uprooting Racism
'Claire Land has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. Both profound and practical, she poses vital questions to the reader interested in solidarity and social change.'
Patta Scott-Villiers, Institute of Development Studies
'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. A hugely welcome contribution.'
Damien Short, School of Advanced Study
Table of Contents
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
About the Author
Clare Land is a long-time supporter of Indigenous struggles. She works on research at Victoria University’s Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit, supports social change projects at the Reichstein Foundation, and consults to community organizations on race relations. Clare has been engaged since 1998 with the history and present of settler colonialism. An Anglo-identified non-Aboriginal person living and working in south-east Australia, inspired by Aboriginal struggles, she has undertaken community-based organizing in solid support of a range of Aboriginal-led campaigns. Since 2004 Clare has collaborated with Krauatungulung (Gunai)/Djapwurrung (Gunditjmara) man Robbie Thorpe on campaigns, projects and a long-running radio programme on 3CR in Fitzroy, Melbourne, which focuses on colonialism and resistance.
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