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Remapping Sovereignty

Decolonization and Self-Determination in North American Indigenous Political Thought

Remapping Sovereignty

Decolonization and Self-Determination in North American Indigenous Political Thought

An examination of anticolonial thought and practice across key Indigenous thinkers.

Accounts of decolonization routinely neglect Indigenous societies, yet Native communities have made unique contributions to anticolonial thought and activism. Remapping Sovereignty examines how twentieth-century Indigenous activists in North America debated questions of decolonization and self-determination, developing distinctive conceptual approaches that both resonate with and reformulate key strands in other civil rights and global decolonization movements. In contrast to decolonization projects that envisioned liberation through state sovereignty, Indigenous theorists emphasized the self-determination of peoples against sovereign state supremacy and articulated a visionary politics of decolonization as earthmaking. Temin traces the interplay between anticolonial thought and practice across key thinkers, interweaving history and textual analysis. He shows how these insights broaden the political and intellectual horizons open to us today.

288 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2023

Political Science: American Government and Politics, Political and Social Theory


"Remapping Sovereignty places Indigenous anticolonial thought at the center of twentieth century global struggles over nation-state, political economy, and international order. Through a beautiful synthesis of political theory and history, Temin not only powerfully reconceives classic debates but he also demonstrates the essential conceptual importance of North American Indigenous arguments for making sense of the past and future of the decolonial project. The result is a truly innovative work of political reconstruction, with critical insights for both scholars and activists."

Aziz Rana | author of "The Constitutional Bind"

Table of Contents

Introduction. Remapping Sovereignty
Chapter One. Indigenous Self-Determination against Political Slavery: Zitkala-Ša and Vine Deloria Jr. on the Colonialism of US Sovereignty and Citizenship 
Chapter Two. The Struggle for Treaty: Ella Cara Deloria and Vine Deloria Jr. on Anticolonial Relations 
Chapter Three. “The Land Is Our Culture”: George Manuel on the Fourth World and the Politics of Resurgence 
Chapter Four. Indigenous Marxisms: Howard Adams and Lee Maracle on Colonial-Racial Capitalism 

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