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Unsettled Time, Sensuous Duration: Methodologies of Native Becoming

Unsettled Time, Sensuous Duration: Methodologies of Native Becoming BOOKS IN BRIEF 569 UNSETTLED TIME, SENSUOUS DURATION: Methodologies of Native Becoming Kara Thompson Beyond Settler Time: Temporal Sovereignty and Indigenous Self- Determination Mark Rifkin Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017. vii + 277 pp. To open Beyond Settler Time is to encounter the messy, uneven, and prismatic cal- culus of Native and non-Native spacetimes. The first chapter, “Indigenous Orienta - tions,” distills the book’s central arguments and key interventions, including Mark Rifkin’s concept of temporal sovereignty: the experiences, collective and personal, of time not reducible to — though not entirely set apart from — settler tactics and temporalities. Native peoples remain oriented to homelands and territories as part of their experiences of peoplehood, and as expressions of their sovereignty and self-determination; such orientations both predate and endure genocide, dispos- session, and the coercive policies attendant to settler civility and modernity. To insist on designated and discernible boundaries between modern and traditional is to cast Native peoples into a “natural” and “pure” before-time, where “con- quest” serves as the clear line between before and after — and thus is assumed to be over and done with. And yet, efforts to redress the modern/traditional binary also take for granted that 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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Copyright © 2018 Duke University Press
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1064-2684
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BOOKS IN BRIEF 569 UNSETTLED TIME, SENSUOUS DURATION: Methodologies of Native Becoming Kara Thompson Beyond Settler Time: Temporal Sovereignty and Indigenous Self- Determination Mark Rifkin Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017. vii + 277 pp. To open Beyond Settler Time is to encounter the messy, uneven, and prismatic cal- culus of Native and non-Native spacetimes. The first chapter, “Indigenous Orienta - tions,” distills the book’s central arguments and key interventions, including Mark Rifkin’s concept of temporal sovereignty: the experiences, collective and personal, of time not reducible to — though not entirely set apart from — settler tactics and temporalities. Native peoples remain oriented to homelands and territories as part of their experiences of peoplehood, and as expressions of their sovereignty and self-determination; such orientations both predate and endure genocide, dispos- session, and the coercive policies attendant to settler civility and modernity. To insist on designated and discernible boundaries between modern and traditional is to cast Native peoples into a “natural” and “pure” before-time, where “con- quest” serves as the clear line between before and after — and thus is assumed to be over and done with. And yet, efforts to redress the modern/traditional binary also take for granted that

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GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2018

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