The Spaces of Dangerous Freedom: Disrupting Settler Colonialism

Emma Battell Lowman, Adam J. Barker

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This chapter expands on two related concepts developed by Mohawk scholar Alfred (2005): that of ‘the clearing’ and the ‘space of dangerous freedom.’ We examine how the embodied encounters in the clearing can model a powerful practice for transforming relationships in place through ritualised relational protocols. The clearing is rooted in Haudenosaunee practices and customs but can be applied to a wide variety of meetings between Indigenous peoples and Settler communities, supporting struggles for Indigenous resurgence. We follow on work by Hunt and Holmes (2015) on the complexities of pursuing decolonisation through (inter-)relational encounters in ‘everyday’ domestic spaces, and Haiven and Khasnabish (2014) on effective spaces generated in support of social justice movements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Limits of Settler Colonial Reconciliation
Subtitle of host publicationNon-Indigenous People and the Responsibility to Engage
EditorsSarah Maddison, Ravi de Costa, Tom Clark
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages212
ISBN (Electronic) 978-981-10-2654-6
ISBN (Print)978-981-10-2653-9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


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