Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide

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Duke University Press, Apr 24, 2015 - Social Science - 264 pages
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In this revolutionary text, prominent Native American studies scholar and activist Andrea Smith reveals the connections between different forms of violence—perpetrated by the state and by society at large—and documents their impact on Native women. Beginning with the impact of the abuses inflicted on Native American children at state-sanctioned boarding schools from the 1880s to the 1980s, Smith adroitly expands our conception of violence to include the widespread appropriation of Indian cultural practices by whites and other non-Natives; environmental racism; and population control. Smith deftly connects these and other examples of historical and contemporary colonialism to the high rates of violence against Native American women—the most likely to suffer from poverty-related illness and to survive rape and partner abuse. Smith also outlines radical and innovative strategies for eliminating gendered violence.

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In this book, Smith examines how colonialism is tied to sexual violence and how that lense can be used to examine what has been done and is still being done to Native Americans, especially Native ... Read full review

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Argues that violence directed at Indians has been specifically sexual—Indians, especially women, seen as inherently dirty and therefore proper subjects of rape and extermination—and that putting the ... Read full review


Boarding School Abuses and the Case for Reparations
The Colonization of Native Womens Reproductive
Chapter 5
Anticolonial Responses to Gender Violence
Chapter 8
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Andrea Smith is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances and coeditor of Theorizing Native Studies, both also published by Duke University Press.

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