Book Chapter

Separatism as a mode of relations: Practicing Indigenous resurgence and nationhood in the 21st century

Sarah Maddison

Questioning Indigenous-Settler Relations Interdisciplinary Perspectives | Springer Nature | Published : 2020


This chapter argues that a politics focused on reorganising Indigenoussettler relations to facilitate Indigenous autonomy and separatism is not beyond imagining. Indigenous peoples have contested colonial domination since the first invasion of this continent began, struggling to regain and sustain their independence from settler authority and control in ways that have come to define Indigenous movements. While a focus on national politics, and particularly on changing the policies of the federal government, was a feature of much of the twentieth century, more recently there has been a profound shift in emphasis. In response to the seeming imperviousness of settler structures and institutions, ..

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