Remembering a great scholar: Lorenzo Veracini, ‘Patrick Wolfe’s Dialectics’, Aboriginal History, 40, 2016, pp. 249-260
Excerpt: Patrick Wolfe’s Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology appeared in 1998. Wolfe’s provocation was to look for settler colonialism in the ongoing subjection of indigenous peoples in settler societies. The contemporary settler polities, he later argued, have been ‘impervious to regime change’. It was an Australian-produced response to the consolidation and global spread of postcolonial studies as discourse and method (quite interestingly, postcolonial studies had also originally been an Australian intellectual export). Wolfe’s call became very influential and inspired the consolidation of settler colonial studies as a distinct scholarly field. This tribute focuses on his method and influence.
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