Settler Colonialism and the Urban Prairie West (forthcoming in 2017)

The rapid urbanization of North American Indigenous populations over the last half century has been accompanied by a proliferation of urban Indigenous organizing and an expansion of Indigenous marginalization. We contend that making sense of these transformations demands the development of a relational theory of settler-colonial urbanism, as shaped by the intersection of distinct forms of social, political, and economic struggle. While a number of theorists have made key contributions to the elaboration of a theory of settler-colonization, their engagement with urban political economy remains comparatively limited. Conversely, while practitioners of urban political economy have elaborated key insights into the racialized production of urban space, their engagement with the constitutive importance of settler-colonial pasts and presents has been muted at best. In an effort to address these gaps in a focused manner, Settler Colonialism and the Urban Prairie West will assemble a diverse range of contributions that hone in on the complex entanglement of processes of settler-colonization with the political-economic dimensions of urbanization in the cities of a particular region, the Northern Plains of North America.

Editors: Heather Dorries, Robert Henry, David Hugill, Erica Violet Lee, Tyler McCreary, Julie Tomiak