- Publisher: Zed Books
- ISBN: 9781783601721
- Price: $35.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Jun 2015
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 256
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Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles
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 self-reflection.
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 colonising dynamics, Decolonizing Solidarities provides a vital resource for those involved in Indigenous activism and scholarship.
1. Land rights, sovereignty and black power in southeast 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: Considerations across commitments to ‘others’
Appendix I. Biographies of people involved in the book
Appendix II. Key events and organisations in southeast indigenous struggles
Appendix III. Acronyms
Appendix IV. Links to rarely found original activist documents
About the Author
Clare Land works on research at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies, supports social change projects at the Reichstein Foundation, and consults to community organisations on race relations.