"A nuanced and insightful examination of the complexity and challenges of being an ally to Indigenous struggles. It serves as an excellent and much-needed guide for all of us working for, with, or on behalf of marginalized and disenfranchised communities."--Paul Kivel, educator, activist and author of Uprooting Racism
"A thoughtful and thought-provoking book. Both profound and practical, Land poses vital questions to the reader interested in solidarity and social change."--Patta Scott-Villiers, Institute of Development Studies
"Excellent. . . . The book is written in a way that is accessible to a range of allies outside academic circles and speaks to real case studies which can be resonate with other contexts."
--Linda Tuhiwai Smith, author of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
"An ambitious and important book that comes at a pivotal time. . . . I recommend reading it, reflecting, and reading it again."--Canadian Journal of Education
"Land provides meaningful and insightful accounts of community-based education initiatives necessary for solidarity movements."--McGill Journal of Education
"Land's book is an important contribution to an emergent 'non-Indigenous progressive research agenda' . . . provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of solidarity work more generally, posing broader questions of involvement and self-interest in solidarity politics and intersectional work for activists."--Overland Literary Journal
"[T]his book should be compulsory reading for non-Indigenous scholars, including postgraduate students, whose research interests revolve around Indigenous communities."--State Crime
"This timely and important book by Clare Land offers a critical resource to assist a new generation of activists . . . provides urgently needed and critically important reflections on the practices of solidarity activism that push beyond liberal models of solidarity politics."--E3W Review of Books
In this highly original and much-needed book, Clare Land interrogates the often fraught endeavours of activists from colonial backgrounds seeking to be politically supportive of Indigenous struggles. Blending key theoretical and practical questions, Land argues that the predominant impulses which drive middle-class settler activists to support Indigenous people cannot lead to successful alliances and meaningful social change unless they are significantly transformed through a process of both public political action and critical self-reflection.
Based on a wealth of in-depth, original research, and focussing in particular on Australia, where – despite strident challenges – the vestiges of British law and cultural power have restrained the nation's emergence out of colonizing dynamics, Decolonizing Solidarity provides a vital resource for those involved in Indigenous activism and scholarship.