The thinking and learning of many community members and activists about how to work in support of Aboriginal struggles has gone into this book, Decolonizing solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles.
The book was created in southeast Australia, but readers elsewhere will recognise the dilemmas explored and appreciate the directions offered. See what Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Aotearoa/NZ), Paul Kivel (antiracist educator, US), Damien Short (School of Advanced Study, UK) and Patta Scott-Villiers (Institute of Development studies, UK) have said about it.
- Damien Short, School of Advanced Study
In this excellent book, Land covers an exceptional breadth of issues with considerable aplomb. It is a provocative and lively read, rich with data that brings Indigenous voices to the fore. A hugely welcome contribution.
- Patta Scott-Villiers, Institute of Development Studies
A thoughtful and thought-provoking book. Both profound and practical, Clare Land poses vital questions to readers interested in solidarity and social change.
- Linda Tuhiwai Smith, author of Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
Excellent… The book is written in a way that is accessible to a range of allies
outside academic circles and speaks to real case studies which resonate with other contexts.
- Paul Kivel, educator, activist and author of Uprooting Racism
Decolonizing Solidarity is a nuanced and insightful examination of the complexity and challenges of being an ally to Indigenous struggles. It serves as an excellent and much-needed guide for all of us working for, with, or on behalf of marginalized and disenfranchised communities.
The book is based on interviews with 24 Aboriginal community members and non-Aboriginal activists, and includes what the author, Clare Land, has personally learned through her own activist work in southeastern Australia.
It includes inspirational flyers and documents created by people pursuing land rights, black power and sovereignty in southeast Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane), and their supporters.
Gary Foley, Tony Birch and Marjorie Thorpe provided direction and critical feedback for the research that went into the book. They are members of the political community that the work was created for. Robbie Thorpe is a key influence on the book.
Clare Land’s supervisor for the PhD the book draws on was the wonderful Bob Pease, pro-feminist activist and academic.