Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States

Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States Author Audra Simpson
ISBN-10 0822356554
ISBN-13 9780822356554
Year 2014-05-09
Pages 280
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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Mohawk Interruptus is a bold challenge to dominant thinking in the fields of Native studies and anthropology Combining political theory with ethnographic research among the Mohawks of Kahnaw ke a reserve community in what is now southwestern Quebec Audra Simpson examines their struggles to articulate and maintain political sovereignty through centuries of settler colonialism The Kahnaw ke Mohawks are part of the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy Like many Iroquois peoples they insist on the integrity of Haudenosaunee governance and refuse American or Canadian citizenship Audra Simpson thinks through this politics of refusal which stands in stark contrast to the politics of cultural recognition Tracing the implications of refusal Simpson argues that one sovereign political order can exist nested within a sovereign state albeit with enormous tension around issues of jurisdiction and legitimacy Finally Simpson critiques anthropologists and political scientists whom she argues have too readily accepted the assumption that the colonial project is complete Belying that notion Mohawk Interruptus calls for and demonstrates more robust and evenhanded forms of inquiry into indigenous politics in the teeth of settler governance

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