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Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479805198

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479805198.001.0001

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Geographies of Race and Ethnicity III

Geographies of Race and Ethnicity III

Settler Colonialism and Nonnative People of Color

(p.51) 4 Geographies of Race and Ethnicity III
Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies

Laura Pulido

NYU Press

In this essay I consider the politics of settler colonialism in relation to nonnative people of color. Settler colonialism has become an increasingly important concept over the past decade, and while geographers typically think about it from a white/native perspective, I explore how ethnic studies, specifically Chicanx studies, has responded to it. For different reasons both disciplines have hesitated to fully interrogate the significance of the concept. In the case of geography, the whiteness of the discipline has caused it to overlook vibrant debates within ethnic studies. I argue that Chicanx studies has not directly engaged with settler colonialism because it has the potential to disrupt core elements of Chicanx political subjectivity. Specifically, it unsettles Chicanx conceptions of ourselves as colonized people by highlighting our role as colonizers. Acknowledging such a role is difficult not only because it challenges key elements of Chicanx identity, such as Aztlán, but also because of the precarious nature of Chicanx indigeneity.

Keywords:   Chicanx studies, indigeneity, settler colonialism

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