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When Did Indians Become Straight? – Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty - Oxford Scholarship Online
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When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty

Mark Rifkin


How have discourses of sexuality shaped depictions of native identity, and how have ideas about kinship been central to these ongoing struggles over the character and contours of native peoplehood? This book is the first study of its kind in its exploration of the complex relationship between contested U.S. notions of sexual order and shifting forms of Native American political representation. Offering a cultural and literary history that stretches from the early nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century, it demonstrates how U.S. imperialism against native peoples over the past two ... More

Keywords: heteronormativity, kinship, settler imperialism, blood quantum, nuclear homemaking, native peoplehood, indigenous self-determination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199755455
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755455.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Rifkin, author
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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