Staking Claim: Settler Colonialism and Racialization in Hawai'i

Staking Claim: Settler Colonialism and Racialization in Hawai'i

by Judy Rohrer


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816502516
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 05/28/2016
Series: Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 3

1 Going to the Ocean: Native Pacific Cultural Studies 27

2 Weaving Analytics and Disrupting Dyads: Unsettling Settler Colonialism in Hawai'i 48

3 "Melting Pot" versus "Cauldron of Hate": Cooking Up Racial Discourse in Hawai'i 77

4 Got Race? Rice v. Cayetano and the Racialization of Kanaka Maoli 105

5 Attacking Trust: Kamehameha Schools Lawsuits, Postracial Discourse, and Victimized Haoles 132

6 Mestiza Consciousness, Kuleana, and Oceanic Borderspaces: Genealogical Rearticulations in Hawai'i 153

Notes 191

Bibliography 199

Index 221

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