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.
About the Author
Clare Land is a Research Fellow at Deakin University. An Anglo-identified non-Indigenous person living and working in southeast Australia, her engagement since 1998 with the history and present of settler colonialism is inspired by Indigenous struggles and has taken the form of community-based organising. For the last eight years Clare has collaborated with Gunai/Maar man Robbie Thorpe to co-present a radio program on 3CR in Fitzroy, Melbourne, which focuses on colonialism and resistance.
'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.'
Linda Tuhiwai Smith, author of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
'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
`[T]his book should be compulsory reading for non-Indigenous scholars, including postgraduate students, whose research interests revolve around Indigenous communities.'
`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
Introduction Foreword 1. Land rights, sovereignty and black power in southeast Australia 2. A political genealogy for contemporary non-Indigenous activism in Australia 3. Identity categories: How activists both use and refuse them 4. Collaboration, dialogue and friendship: Always a good thing? 5. Acting politically with self-understanding 6. A moral and political framework for non-Indigenous people's solidarity 7. Reckoning with complicity Conclusion: Considerations across commitments to 'others' References Appendix I. Biographies of people involved in the book Appendix II. Key events and organisations in southeast indigenous struggles Appendix III. Acronyms Appendix IV. Links to rarely found original activist documents