Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawai`i and Oceania

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Price
$27.95
Publisher
Duke University Press
Publish Date
Pages
328
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.0 X 0.7 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781478006336

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About the Author

Maile Arvin is Assistant Professor of History and Gender Studies at the University of Utah.

Reviews

"In this outstanding book, Maile Arvin brings fresh light and new depth to the scholarship on racial discourse, eugenics, and colonialism through a study of how they operated in Hawai'i. This intriguing new work brings science studies together with the analysis of visual culture and unites cultural history with contemporary political engagements. She pairs sophisticated readings of colonialist racial discourse with close attention to the political and artistic production of Native Hawaiians who have resisted that discourse. The result is an engaging and important book, and all who are concerned with race, empire, colonialism, and Hawaiian studies will find much to consider in it."--David A. Chang, author of "The World and All the Things upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration "
"This engaging, provocative, and insightful book accomplishes that rare feat of taking the reader down a familiar pathway of social science debates around the 'Polynesian race' while recasting them through a new lens of gendered and racialized settler colonial logics of possession. Elegantly disentangling the knot of indigeneity, race, and gender in the Pacific, Maile Arvin has produced a clear genealogy of science in the history of Indigenous dispossession."--Vernadette VicuΓ±a Gonzalez, coeditor of "Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawai'i "
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