Contesting Colonialism Across Indigenous Nations and Latinx America
Editor Frances Negrón-Muntaner and the contributors to Sovereign Acts engage in a debate around these questions with surprising results. Moving the idea of sovereignty beyond the narrow confines of the nation-state, beyond the concept of a power that one either has or lacks, this paradigm-shifting work examines the multiple ways that Indigenous nations and U.S. territorial peoples act as sovereign and the possible limits of such sovereign acts within the current globalized context. A valuable contribution to the debate around indigenous and other conceptions of sovereignty, Sovereign Acts goes further than legal frameworks to investigate the relationships among sovereignty, gender, sexuality, representation, and the body.
From activist style and choreography to the politics of recognition, the scholars and artists featured in this unique volume map out how people disrupt modern notions of sovereignty, attempt to redefine what being sovereign means, or seek alternative political vocabularies. Sovereignty is not only, after all, a kingdom and a crown.
Michael Lujan Bevacqua
Jennifer Nez Denetdale
Adriana María Garriga-López
Jessica A. F. Harkins
Davianna Pomaika‘i McGregor
Stephanie Nohelani Teves
Fa‘anofo Lisaclaire Uperesa
"The critical engagements with ethically and politically difficult topics in this book make for a frank and nuanced exploration of struggles for sovereignty, their various manifestations, and their limitations."—Melanie Vasselin, NAIS
“A powerful and thoughtful collection…that grapples with the unruly, amorphous, and compelling aspects of the concept of sovereignty.”—American Indian Culture and Research Journal
“An incisive and compelling contribution to the burgeoning study of U.S. imperialism and empire.”—Alyosha Goldstein, editor of Formations of United States Colonialism