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Making and Breaking Settler Space

Five Centuries of Colonization in North America

Offers an innovative new theory of how settler spaces have evolved.
Drawing on multiple disciplines, archival sources, pop culture, and personal experience, Making and Breaking Settler Space offers a new analytical model that shows how settler spaces have evolved. From the colonization of Turtle Island in the 1500s to problematic activist practices by would-be settler allies today, Adam Barker traces the trajectory of settler colonialism, drawing out details of its operation and unflinchingly identifying its weaknesses. In doing so, Barker asks such questions as: How have settlers used violence and narrative to transform Turtle Island into “North America”? What does that say about our social systems, and what happens next?
Making and Breaking Settler Space proposes an innovative spatial theory of settler colonization in Canada and the United States. In doing so, it offers a framework within which settlers can pursue decolonial actions in solidarity with Indigenous communities.

286 pages | 2 halftones, 1 map, 7 diagrams | 6 x 9

History: General History

Native American Studies


Making and Breaking Settler Space offers a comprehensive analysis of the colonial spatialities inherent to the settler state. It is an innovative interpretation of the affective dimensions of settler colonialism, from its obsessive drive for ownership, control, and transcendence to the possibilities that come from failing to meet these expectations.”

Soren Larsen, University of Missouri

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