Staking Claim
232 pages, 6 x 9
Hardcover
Release Date:28 May 2016
ISBN:9780816502516
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Staking Claim

Settler Colonialism and Racialization in Hawai'i

The University of Arizona Press

In order to better understand how settler colonialism works and thus move decolonization efforts forward, Staking Claim analyzes competing claims of identity, belonging, and political status in Hawai'i. Judy Rohrer brings together an analysis of racial formation and colonization in the islands through a study of legal cases, contemporary public discourse (local media and literature), and Hawai'i scholarship. Her analysis exposes how racialization works to obscure—with the ultimate goal of eliminating—native Hawaiian indigeneity, homeland, nation, and sovereignty. It encourages us to think beyond a settler-native binary by analyzing the ways racializations of Hawaiians and various non-Hawaiian settlers and arrivants bolster settler colonial claims, structures, and white supremacist ideologies.

Judy Rohrer grew up in Hawai‘i and earned her PhD in political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Rohrer is the director of the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University. She is the author of Haoles in Hawai‘i.
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