Violence and Indigenous Communities

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The Routledge International Handbook of Violence Studies, 2019
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This chapter focuses on violence and Indigenous peoples in the Anglo settler colonial states of Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States. Indigenous activists and scholars in the Anglo settler colonial states have long tackled the complex issues contributing to the high rates of violence occurring in some Indigenous communities. However, mainstream debates on violence tended to be constrained in their conceptualisations of violence (notably missing are references to racist violence and state violence) and continue to be dominated by colonising discourses of pathology, tribalism and barbarity. We seek to move beyond the restricted focus on Indigenous peoples’ so-called ‘problem’ with violence and to provide a more nuanced and critical interpretation of the complex relationship between Indigenous people and violence.
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