Staking Claim: Settler Colonialism and Racialization in Hawai'i by Judy RohrerStaking Claim: Settler Colonialism and Racialization in Hawai'i by Judy Rohrer

Staking Claim: Settler Colonialism and Racialization in Hawai'i

byJudy Rohrer

Hardcover | May 28, 2016

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In the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Hawai‘i exists at a global crosscurrent of indigeneity and race, homeland and diaspora, nation and globalization, sovereignty and imperialism. In order to better understand how settler colonialism works and thus move decolonization efforts forward, Staking Claim analyzes competing claims of identity, belonging, and political status 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.
Judy Rohrer grew up in Hawai'i and earned her PhD in political science from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Rohrer is the director of the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University. She is the author of Haoles in Hawai'i.
Title:Staking Claim: Settler Colonialism and Racialization in Hawai'iFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:May 28, 2016Publisher:University Of Arizona PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081650251X

ISBN - 13:9780816502516


Editorial Reviews

“[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