Settler Colonialism and Racialization in Hawai'i
Author 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.
Staking Claim argues that the dual settler colonial processes of racializing native Hawaiians (erasing their indigeneity), and indigenizing non-Hawaiians, enable the staking of non-Hawaiian claims to Hawai‘i. 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.
“[A] stimulating monograph addressing gender, race, and colonialism across a variety of disciplines.”—Choice
“[Rohrer] offers herself up to readers both literally and metaphorically to grapple with the complexity of Hawai‘i’s settler colonial history and present.”—Contemporary Pacific
“Staking Claim is a significant contribution to indigenous studies, Native Pacific Cultural Studies, Asian American Studies, American Studies, and ethnic studies. Rohrer’s study on decolonization and solidarity building may also resolve tensions that native/settler discourses produce in Hawai‘i, on the continent and internationally.”—Amerasia Journal
“[Staking claim] offers a fresh approach to understanding the vexing problem of decolonization and a provocative way forward.”—Hawaiian Journal of History
“Staking Claim is a marvelous book—not a big one, but one that will make you think about yourself and how you conduct yourself in the world.”—Sociology of Race and Ethnicity“Rohrer brilliantly brings together works on indigenous politics, settler colonialism, critical race theory, Native Pacific cultural studies, gender analyses, and Chicana studies to unmask the power of settler colonial processes, while highlighting ongoing resistances. It doesn’t stop there; rather, through her fearless engagement with indigenous claims, Rohrer encourages and assists readers, haole or otherwise, to imagine a more just and decolonial future.”—Noenoe K. Silva, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
“Focusing on how racializing processes have worked in tandem with land loss, Rohrer skillfully details how haoleness (whiteness) might be activated in ways that unsettle rather than further the structures of settler colonialism that have captured us all. This book brilliantly demonstrates the vitality and necessity of engaging indigeneity across a range of disciplines and subject positions.”—Jodi A. Byrd, Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign