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Being Again of One Mind
Oneida Women and the Struggle for Decolonization
Lina Sunseri  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 11/21/2010
ISBN: 9780774819350    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2011
ISBN: 9780774819367    

216 Pages

Women and Indigenous Studies series


About the Book

Being Again of One Mind combines the narratives of Oneida women of various generations with a critical reading of feminist literature on nationalism to reveal that some Indigenous women view nationalism in the form of decolonization as a way to restore traditional gender balance and well-being to their own lives and communities.

By giving a voice to Oneida womenís thoughts on tradition and nation, this book challenges feminist ideas about the masculine bias of Western theories of nation and about the dangers of nationalist movements that idealize womenís so-called traditional role. Its unique blend of theory and narrative shows that the insights of mainstream feminism cannot be applied universally to all women or to societies with traditional forms of nation based on good relations between men and women. Contrary to theorists who present the concept of nation as a recent Western phenomenon, Lina Sunseri shows that the Six Nations had a long history of nation that preceded contact with Europeans and the transformation of gender roles that followed.

This alternative theory of gender and nation shows that Oneida women do not view nationalism and the embrace of tradition as threats but rather as a way for Indigenous women and men to be again of one mind.

About the Author(s)

Lina Sunseri, whose Longhouse name is Yeliwi:saks (Gathering Stories/Knowledge), from the Oneida Nation of the Thames, Turtle Clan, is an assistant professor of sociology at Brescia University College, an affiliate of the University of Western Ontario. She is co-editor of Colonialism and Racism in Canada: Historical Traces and Racism, Colonialism, and Indigeneity in Canada.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Patricia A. Monture
1 Theorizing Nations and Nationalisms: From Modernist to Indigenous
2 A History of the Oneida Nation: From Creation Story to the
3 Struggles of Independence: From a Colonial Existence toward
a Decolonized Nation
4 Women, Nation, and National Identity: Oneida Women Standing
Up and Speaking about Matters of the Nation
5 Dreaming of a Free, Peaceful, Balanced Decolonized Nation:
Being Again of One Mind
6 Concluding Remarks


"Sunseriís multi-layered critique of the Eurocentric secondary literature on nationalism is skillful, respectful and highly readable ... a thoughtful study of Oneida nationalism from the perspective of Oneida women, Being Again of One Mind is relevant to a broad audience and will be of special value to those interested in nationalism, decolonization, Indigenous research methodologies, women and gender and Indigenous people."
-- Mary Jane Logan McCallum, University of Winnipeg, in Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 13, 2 (Fall 2012)

"Sunseri provides a beautifully woven methodological framework that answers first to Oneida traditions and then to sociological or feminist ones. This is an important example for other scholars who wish to move beyond a critique of Western knowledge methodologies and into action."
-- From the Foreword by Patricia A. Monture, Professor of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Introduction [PDF]

Related Topics

Aboriginal Studies
Women's Studies
Political Science

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