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Decolonizing Solidarity

Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Clare Land


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Decolonizing Solidarities is a thorough examination of the problems that can arise when activists from colonial backgrounds seek to be politically supportive of indigenous struggles. Blending key theoretical and practical questions, Clare Land argues that the impulses that drive middle-class settler activists to support indigenous peoples will not lead to successful alliances and meaningful social change without an essential process of public political action and critical self-reflection.
Based on a wealth of in-depth interviews and original research, with a focus on Australia, Decolonizing Solidarities provides a vital resource for anyone involved in indigenous activism or scholarship.

Praise For Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

“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

“[T]his book should be compulsory reading for non-Indigenous scholars, including postgraduate students, whose research interests revolve around Indigenous communities.”
— State Crime

“An ambitious and important book that comes at a pivotal time. . . . I recommend reading it, reflecting, and reading it again.”
— Canadian Journal of Education

“Land provides meaningful and insightful accounts of community-based education initiatives necessary for solidarity movements.”
— McGill Journal of Education

“This timely and important book by Clare Land offers a critical resource to assist a new generation of activists . . . provides urgently needed and critically important reflections on the practices of solidarity activism that push beyond liberal models of solidarity politics.”
— E3W Review of Books

“Land’s book is an important contribution to an emergent ‘non-Indigenous progressive research agenda’ . . .  provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of solidarity work more generally, posing broader questions of involvement and self-interest in solidarity politics and intersectional work for activists.”
— Overland Literary Journal

“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

“A thoughtful and thought-provoking book. Both profound and practical, Land 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.”
— Damien Short, School of Advanced Study

Zed Books, 9781783601721, 256pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2015

About the Author

Clare Land is a research fellow at Deakin University.