Place against Empire: Understanding Indigenous Anti-Colonialism

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Glen Coulthard


This article examines the role that "place" plays in radical Indigenous activism from the perspective of my community, the Dene Nation. I argue that, although Indigenous peoples' senses of place have been worn by centuries of colonial-capitalist displacement, they still serve as an orienting framework that guides radical Indigenous activism today and offers a way of thinking about relations within and between peoples and the natural world built on principles of reciprocity and freedom.

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COULTHARD, Glen. Place against Empire: Understanding Indigenous Anti-Colonialism. Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action, [S.l.], nov. 2010. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 oct. 2017.
radical imagination; place; indigenous struggle; Northern Canada; capitalism; colonialism
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