Title

Audra Simpson: The State is a Man: Theresa Spencer, Lorraine Saunders and the Gendered Cost of Settler Sovereignty in Canada

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Publication Date

4-16-2016

Abstract

Audra Simpson (Mohawk) studies the problem of recognition, by its passage beyond (and below) the aegis of the state into the grounded field of political self-designation, self-description and subjectivity. This work is motivated by the struggle of Kahnawake Mohawks to find the proper way to afford political recognition to each other, their struggle to do this in different places and spaces and the challenges of formulating membership against a history of colonial impositions. Her books include Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (2014), and Theorizing Native Studies (2014, co-edited with Andrea Smith).

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