Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities

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About the Author
Mahmood Mamdani is professor and director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research at Make- rere University, Kampala, Uganda, and Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University, New York . He is the author, most recently, of Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities. His other works include Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism; Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror; Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror; and Define and Rule: Native as Political Identity.
This book compels the reader to rethink the origin and development of the nation-state and its replication as inseparable from European colonialism, beginning with the establishment of the Spanish state through racialized ethnic cleansing and the 1492 deportations of Jews and Moors. In elegant prose with no wasted words or jargon, this original and brilliant work argues that the United States created the template for settler-colonialism, providing the model upon which the South African apartheid regime and the Israeli state were patterned, a model also used by the Nazi regime that adopted US race theory and catastrophic ethnic cleansing. The book provides not only profound historical analysis but also deeply researched descriptions of the current US and Israeli regimes of settler-colonialism and more.--Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
Brilliant! A deeply learned account of the origins of our modern world. Situating the beginnings of the nation-state in the settler-colonial practice of creating permanent minorities, Mamdani illustrates how this damaging political logic continues into our own era, resulting far too often in today's extraordinary political violence. Through his own elegant contrarianism, Mamdani rejects the current focus on human rights as the means to bring justice to the victims of this colonial and postcolonial bloodshed. Instead, he calls for a new kind of political imagination, one that will pave the way for a truly decolonized future. Joining the ranks of Hannah Arendt's Imperialism, Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth, and Edward Said's Orientalism, this book is destined to become a classic text of postcolonial studies and political theory.--Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Neither Settler nor Native analyzes seemingly disparate political histories to illuminate the intertwined logic of colonial statecraft and nation-building, the legacy of which was the violent manufacture of permanent majorities and minorities the world over. This is a masterwork of historical comparison and razor-sharp political analysis, with grave lessons about the pitfalls of forgetting, moralizing, or criminalizing this violence. Mamdani also offers a hopeful rejoinder in a revived politics of decolonization, not as romantic revolution but a renewed art of politics. Decolonization uses the tools of political engagement and negotiation to unsettle inherited identities, to convert perpetrators and victims into survivors, natives and settlers into citizens, nation-states into inclusive democracies.--Karuna Mantena, Columbia University
A powerfully original argument, one that supplements political analysis with a map for our political future.--Faisal Devji, University of Oxford