Glen Coulthard Dissertation Abstracts


Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

“From ‘Wards of the State’ to Subjects of Recognition?” in Andrea Smith and Audra Simpson (eds.), Theorizing Native Studies (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014)

Book series editor (with Denise Ferreira da Silva, Mark Harris, and Claire Charters), Indigenous Peoples and the Law (New York: Routledge).

Co-edited with Andrée Boisselle, Avigail Eisenberg, and Jeremy Webber. Recognition and Self-Determination. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2014.

“#IdleNoMore in a Historical Context.” The Kino-nda-niimi Collective (eds). The Winter We Danced. Winnipeg: ARP Books, 2014.

“Indigenous Peoples and the Politics of Recognition.” Frances Negron- Muntaner (ed.) Sovereign Acts. Boston: South End Press, 2009. (Revised reprint of “Subjects of Empire” Contemporary Political Theory 6:4, 2007).

“Resisting Culture: Seyla Benhabib’s Deliberative Approach to the Politics of Recognition in Colonial Contexts.” David Kahane, Dominique Leydet, Daniel Weinstock, and Melissa Williams (eds.) Realizing Deliberative Democracy. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2009.

“Beyond Recognition: Indigenous Self-Determination as Prefigurative Practice.” Leanne Simpson (ed.) Lighting the Eighth Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence, and Protection of Indigenous Nations. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Press, 2008.

“Review: Dale Turner, This is Not a Peace Pipe: Towards a Critical Indigenous Philosophy.” University of Toronto Quarterly (2008).

“Subjects of Empire: Indigenous Peoples and the ‘Politics of Recognition’ in Canada.”  (Feature Article: Theory and Practice) Contemporary Political Theory 6:4, 2007. Winner of the Contemporary Political Theory Prize for Best Article of the Year, 2007.

Co-edited with Gerald Taiaiake Alfred and Deborah Simmons. New Socialist: Special Issue on Indigenous Resurgence. Issue no. 5.


Over the last forty years, the self-determination claims of Indigenous peoples in Canada have increasingly been cast in the language of “recognition”: recognition of Indigenous cultural distinctiveness, recognition of an Indigenous right to land and self-government, recognition of the right to benefit from the development of Indigenous territories and resources, and so on. In addition, the last fifteen years have witnessed a proliferation of scholarship which has sought to flesh-out the ethical, legal and political questions that these claims tend to raise. Subsequently, “recognition” has now come to occupy a central place in our efforts to comprehend what is at stake in contestations over identity and difference in liberal settler-polities more generally. The purpose of this dissertation is twofold. First, I want to challenge the now commonplace assumption that the colonial relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada can be reconciled via such a politics of recognition. Second, I want to explore glimpses of an alternative politics. More specifically, drawing critically from Indigenous and non-Indigenous intellectual and activist traditions, I will explore a politics of self-recognition that is less oriented around attaining an affirmative form of recognition from Indigenous peoples’ master-other (the liberal settler-state and society), and more about critically revaluating, reconstructing and redeploying Indigenous cultural forms in ways that seek to prefigure alternatives to the colonial social relations that continue to facilitate the dispossession of Indigenous lands and self-determining authority.

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