Indigenous countersovereignty as decolonial practice (part of a special issue on Red Skin, White Masks): Geoff Mann, ‘From Countersovereignty to Counterpossession?’ Historical Materialism, 24, 3, 2016, pp. 45–61
Abstract: Although neither sovereignty nor possession are explicit themes of Glen Coulthard’s Red Skin, White Masks, both concepts are essential to his critique of ‘recognition’ and the ongoing dynamics of Canadian colonialism. In this response, I offer a critical examination of the status of these liberal concepts in Coulthard’s work, and suggest that he has in fact given us a powerful theory of ‘countersovereignty’. Countersovereignty forces us to consider the meanings of possession and dispossession that animate the book, which in turn allow us to grasp the radical significance of Coulthard’s emphasis on the reciprocity at the heart of Indigenous relations with the land.
Filed under: Uncategorized |