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Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization by Scott Lauria Morgensen (review)

Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization by Scott Lauria... Scott Lauria Morgensen. Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. 336 pp. Paper, $25.00. Megan E. Cannella, Joliet Junior College With Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization Scott Lauria Morgensen opens a critical, complex, and, at times, heartbreaking conversation about how processes of colonization and decolonization have created distinctly different understandings of queerness within Native and non-Native communities. While cultural conversations constantly implore civil rights to be established and maintained for all groups, Morgensen illustrates the fact that fights for civil rights have been terribly biased and exclusionary when it comes to Native Americans. Spaces between Us illuminates the ways in which Native Americans have been limited by colonial understandings of binary-based gender and sexuality and how efforts toward indigenous decolonization and destabilization of such binaries shape not only Native American rights but also civil rights. By deconstructing the ways in which queer indigeneity is defined and commodified by the pervasive settler culture and the resulting limitations of such a definition, Morgensen is able to effectively situate the efforts and effects of indigenous decolonization so that his audience can see that continued racial exclusion or exultation is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Indian Quarterly University of Nebraska Press

Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization by Scott Lauria Morgensen (review)

The American Indian Quarterly , Volume 41 (1) – Mar 26, 2017

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Scott Lauria Morgensen. Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. 336 pp. Paper, $25.00. Megan E. Cannella, Joliet Junior College With Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization Scott Lauria Morgensen opens a critical, complex, and, at times, heartbreaking conversation about how processes of colonization and decolonization have created distinctly different understandings of queerness within Native and non-Native communities. While cultural conversations constantly implore civil rights to be established and maintained for all groups, Morgensen illustrates the fact that fights for civil rights have been terribly biased and exclusionary when it comes to Native Americans. Spaces between Us illuminates the ways in which Native Americans have been limited by colonial understandings of binary-based gender and sexuality and how efforts toward indigenous decolonization and destabilization of such binaries shape not only Native American rights but also civil rights. By deconstructing the ways in which queer indigeneity is defined and commodified by the pervasive settler culture and the resulting limitations of such a definition, Morgensen is able to effectively situate the efforts and effects of indigenous decolonization so that his audience can see that continued racial exclusion or exultation is

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The American Indian QuarterlyUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Mar 26, 2017

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