Settler Colonialism Primer

Written by my partner and myself. We’d love feedback. I’ll post a PDF and Zine version soon.

Unsettling America

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By Laura Hurwitz & Shawn Bourque, Unsettling Klamath River Coyuntura

Colonialism and Settler Colonialism

Colonialism is a system that occupies and usurps labor/land/resources from one group of people for the benefit of another.  Colonialism is derived from the Latin word Colonia.  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, in the Roman Empire, “Colonia” was a “ farm,” “landed estate,” or “settlement” granted to Roman soldiers in hostile or newly conquered territories.

There are different types of colonial projects.  Exploitation colonialism involves a small amount of colonists whose main objective is to profit from the colonies resources and exploit Indigenous labor, usual exported to the metropole or “mother city” (think of the British in India).  Plantation colonies utilize a mix of exploitation and settler colonialism in different regions and areas.  In settler colonialism land, not labor, is key.  In this system, Indigenous Peoples are literally replaced by settlers. As Patrick Wolfe puts…

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3 Responses to Settler Colonialism Primer

  1. vida says:

    Hey – This looks great from what I could skim read online. Did you get a zine PDF done? I couldn’t find one on this site or Unsettling America. If you have one, please email it. At any rate, thanks for putting this together!!!

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