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Spaces between UsQueer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization$
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Scott Lauria Morgensen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816656325

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816656325.001.0001

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Authentic Culture and Sexual Rights

Authentic Culture and Sexual Rights

Contesting Citizenship in the Settler State

(p.91) Chapter 3 Authentic Culture and Sexual Rights
Spaces between Us

Scott Lauria Morgensen

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter traces how desires for cultural authenticity linked queer politics in the United States to what Elizabeth Povinelli has called “liberal settler multiculturalism” while being challenged by multiracial and transnational queer alliances led by Two-Spirit activists. Settler citizenship conditions the relationality of non-Native and Native people within queer politics. Whether nominally universal or markedly restricted, settler citizenship confers opportunity, security, and liberty by facilitating the colonial domestication or replacement of Native nationality. The chapter also argues that queer narratives of cultural integrity inflected by “race” locate freedom in belonging to a settler nation. U.S. queer projects define their integrity by appealing to the cultural status of an ethnic group.

Keywords:   cultural authenticity, queer politics, Elizabeth Povinelli, settler citizenship, Native, non-Native, Two-Spirit activists

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