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How to Block the Extractive View

How to Block the Extractive View THE QUEER COMMONS DOSSIERS 527 Romano, Aja. 2016. “A Writer Kept a Blog for Ten Years. Google Deleted It. Why?” Vox, July 30. www.vox.com/2016/7/30/12303070/dennis-cooper-blog-deleted-google. Sidahmed, Mazin. 2016. “Dennis Cooper Fears Censorship as Google Erases Blog without Warning.” Guardian, July 14. www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/14 /dennis-cooper-google-censorship-dc-blog. DOI 10.1215/10642684-6957884 Macarena Gómez-Barris As the ominous “final piece” of the Dakota XL oil pipeline presumably clicks into place for the transnational transfer of finite natural gas resources, the Standing Rock camp burns in our collective memory as a symbol of Indigenous-led trans- versal and multidirectional solidarities on Sioux and Cheyenne territories. At the same time, water and land protectors throughout the world proliferate and continue to challenge the presumed natural state of extractive capitalism (Gómez-Barris 2017). What Standing Rock protestors made transparent was how the valuation and conversion of land into a commodifiable resource in the Américas operates through an extractive view, the assumption that Indigenous territories are there for the taking. This view empties the land of Native peoples (terra nullius) to assert the legitimacy of dominant modes of seeing that divide nature from the human. As J. Ke ¯haulani Kauanui (2013) asks us to consider, what are the contra- dictions and incommensurable tensions between http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Duke University Press

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THE QUEER COMMONS DOSSIERS 527 Romano, Aja. 2016. “A Writer Kept a Blog for Ten Years. Google Deleted It. Why?” Vox, July 30. www.vox.com/2016/7/30/12303070/dennis-cooper-blog-deleted-google. Sidahmed, Mazin. 2016. “Dennis Cooper Fears Censorship as Google Erases Blog without Warning.” Guardian, July 14. www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/14 /dennis-cooper-google-censorship-dc-blog. DOI 10.1215/10642684-6957884 Macarena Gómez-Barris As the ominous “final piece” of the Dakota XL oil pipeline presumably clicks into place for the transnational transfer of finite natural gas resources, the Standing Rock camp burns in our collective memory as a symbol of Indigenous-led trans- versal and multidirectional solidarities on Sioux and Cheyenne territories. At the same time, water and land protectors throughout the world proliferate and continue to challenge the presumed natural state of extractive capitalism (Gómez-Barris 2017). What Standing Rock protestors made transparent was how the valuation and conversion of land into a commodifiable resource in the Américas operates through an extractive view, the assumption that Indigenous territories are there for the taking. This view empties the land of Native peoples (terra nullius) to assert the legitimacy of dominant modes of seeing that divide nature from the human. As J. Ke ¯haulani Kauanui (2013) asks us to consider, what are the contra- dictions and incommensurable tensions between

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GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2018

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