Almost a decade in, Empire remains the 21st Century's dominant mode of cultural production, and North America remains at the apex of the colonial imperative. The contributors to this volume argue that, far from being a post-colonial world, the struggle for independence of polity and culture is still alive and relevant.
The book brings together relevant examples of anti-colonial discourse and struggle from across the US and Canada, providing unique perspectives on resistance, activism, scholarship and pedagogy. Anti-colonialism is an evolving framework to which this book hopes to make a unique contribution, with the range, depth and analytical approach of the chapters it contains.
The emphasis on anti-colonial resistance here is significant, as it consistently reveals the personal commitment required for the undoing of domination, as well as the ways in which people can collectively pursue radical politics in their aim of bringing about social justice. The book examines a multitude of actions which could be termed anti-colonial, from student walkouts along the US/Mexico border, to interrogations of the relationship between indigenous and anti-racist struggles in North America, to analyses of the implications of anti-colonialism for community unionism as well as disability rights struggles.
Chapters also look at the movement for Africentric schools in Toronto, provide an annotated and comparative look at the myriad struggles for and by the Fourth World and Fourth World nations, and analyze the creation of an anti-colonial classroom in a Montreal university. They also explore the colonial underpinnings of multicultural education in the US.
With contributions from leading thinkers such as Henry Giroux, Ward Churchill, and Peter McLaren, as well as fresh perspectives from junior academics, this book provides a diverse and varied survey of anti-colonialism in the US and Canada. It will be a thought-provoking read for those working in a wide variety of disciplines, from Sociology to Politics.
In daring and incisive ways, Arlo Kempf's collection further positions anti-colonialism as the necessary educational project for the colonizer and colonized within us all; it reflectively re-sets the radical education agenda, with telling historical and current instances that are used by the book's authors to move constructively forward in critical ways. John Willinsky, Stanford University, USA
From the reviews:
"In Breaching the Colonial Contract: Anti-Colonialism in the US and Canada, Arlo Kempf invites the reader to reformulate the ontological as well as the epistemological tools used in examining social power relations of colonialism experienced in the US and Canada. ... the ideas presented in this book, will resonate well with any reader who is discontent with institutionalized pedagogies and educational practices that reproduce and are blind to the legacy of colonization." (Engin Atasay, The International Journal of Illich Studies, Vol. 2 (1), 2010)
Foreword -- Peter McLaren Introduction -- Arlo Kempf The Politics of the North American Colonial in 2009 Chapter One - Arlo Kempf Contemporary Anti-Colonialism: A Transhistorical Perspective Chapter Two - Ward Churchill Self-Determination and the Fourth World: An Introductory Survey Chapter Three - Dolores Calderon Making Explicit the Jurisprudential Foundations of Multiculturalism: The Continuing Challenges of Colonial Education in U.S. Schooling for Indigenous Education Chapter Four - Henri A. Giroux Paulo Freire and the Politics of Postcolonialism Chapter Five - Antonio Reyes Lopez Disrupting the Colonial Present: Chicana/o Student Walk-outs, United States Colonialism, and Disciplinarity in El Paso, TX Chapter Six - Zainab Amadahy and Bonita Lawrence Indigenous Peoples and Black people in Canada: Settlers or Allies? Chapter Seven - Paul Adjei and Rosina Agyepong Resistance from the margin: Voices of African-Canadian parents on Black focused Education Chapter Eight - Peter Sawchuk Through the Lobby and Into the Streets: Towards a Pedagogy of Anti-colonial Trade Unionism in Canada Chapter Nine - Katie Aubrecht and Tanya Titchkosky The Anguish of Power: Re-mapping Mental Diversity with an Anti-Colonial Compass Chapter Ten - Patrick S. De Walt The Harvesting of Intellectuals and Intellectual Labor: The University System as a Reconstructed/Continued Colonial Space for the Acquisition of Knowledge Chapter Eleven - Jonathon Langdon and Blane Harvey Building Anti-Colonial Spaces of Education: Challenges and Reflections Chapter Twelve - Laura King and John Hutnyk The Eighteenth Brumaire of Gaius Baltar: Colonialism reimagined in Battlestar Galactica Afterword - George J. Sefa Dei The Anti-Colonial Theory and the Question of Survival and Responsibility