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Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocideby Andrea Smith
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A recognized Native American scholar and co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the largest grassroots, multiracial feminist organization in the country, Andrea Smith (Cherokee) is an emerging leader in progressive political circles. In Conquest, Smith places Native American women at the center of her analysis of sexual violence, challenging both conventional definitions of the term and conventional responses to the problem.
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 environmental racism, population control and the widespread appropriation of Indian cultural practices by whites and other non-natives. 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 women in the United States to die of poverty-related illnesses, be victims of rape and suffer partner abuse.
Essential reading for scholars and activists, Conquest is the powerful synthesis of Andrea Smith’s intellectual and political work to date. By focusing on the impact of sexual violence on Native American women, Smith articulates an agenda that is compelling to feminists, Native Americans, other people of color and all who are committed to creating viable alternatives to state-based “solutions.”
Book News Annotation:
Smith (Native American studies, U. of Michigan-Ann Arbor) explores sexual violence as a tool of patriarchy and colonialism, both historically and today. She focuses on Native American communities, but says the analysis has broader implications for all women by reconsidering the definition of sexual violence and the strategies used to eradicate it. Some of the material has been revised from her published articles.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Native American activist links colonialism and racism to sexual violence, exploring the impact on native women.
About the Author
Andrea Smith (Cherokee)is a longtime anti-violence activist and scholar. Co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, a national grassroots organization employing direct action and critical dialogue, Smith has published widely on issues of violence against women of color, and as one of the nation's leading experts on the topic, is a highly-sought after speaker, and venerated teacher of Native American Studies.
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