The Solidarity Encounter: Women, Activism, and Creating Non-Colonizing Relations
Published by: UBC Press
Imprint: UBC Press
Sales Date: 2022-06-15
Published: June 2022
Imprint: UBC Press
Page Count: 300 Pages
Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.25
300 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.95 in
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On the heels of recent revelations of past and ongoing injustices, reconciliation and solidarity by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is even more urgent. But it is a complex endeavour.
In The Solidarity Encounter, Carol Lynne D’Arcangelis links interviews with activists and her own self-reflections to current scholarship to take readers into the fraught terrain of solidarity organizing. Multi-issue coalitions such as Idle No More, #NoDAPL, MMIWG2SQ, Black Lives Matter, and Fridays for Future all depend on the collaboration of diverse communities and on avoiding harmful detours into historically derived helping behaviours. D’Arcangelis grapples with this key tension: colonizing behaviours that result when white women centre their own goals and frameworks as they participate in activism with Indigenous women and groups.
The Solidarity Encounter concludes by offering strategies for respecting boundaries between self and other, providing a constructive framework for non-colonizing solidarity that can be applied in any context of unequal power.
1 White Women, Proximity and Settler/Liberal Self-Making
2 Transgressing Cherished Spaces: Indigenous Women on the “Impulse to Solidarity”
3 Risky Romanticization: Cultural Difference, National Belonging and Indigenous Resistance
4 Making Exceptions as the Rule: “Good/White Settler Allies” and the Politics of Declaration
5 Towards Non-Colonizing Solidarity
Conclusion: The Solidarity Encounter in Relief
Notes; References; Index
Carol Lynne D’Arcangelis has produced a timely and important book that engages meaningfully with relevant scholarship around feminist anti‐colonial and Indigenous resurgence efforts. Students, scholars, and activists alike will find lessons here. Shawna Ferris, associate professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Manitoba
- Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing