Theorizing Native Studies by Audra Simpson and Andrea Smith, eds.

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International and Intercultural Studies (Pitzer)

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Decolonizing feminism has its risks, and this edited collection provides an impressive overview useful for navigating effectively through the high-stakes political encounter of feminist work with native studies. The essays carry out feminist decolonization through debates over the political impact of theory, rejecting “divisive theory-versus-practice dichotomies” to “reconceptualiz[e] what theory is, and provide a critical framework for decolonizing political and intellectual practice” (2). The volume also provides an introduction to both the extraordinarily active and rapidly changing field of Native Studies and to an emerging generation of younger, politically savvy and theoretically sophisticated Native activist-scholars, artists, and critics.

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