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WHOSE “SHARED HUMANITY”?: THE TRIBAL LAW AND ORDER ACT (2010), BARACK OBAMA, AND THE POLITICS OF MULTICULTURALISM IN SETTLER COLONIAL STATES

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WHOSE “SHARED HUMANITY”?: THE TRIBAL LAW AND ORDER ACT (2010), BARACK OBAMA, AND THE POLITICS OF MULTICULTURALISM IN SETTLER COLONIAL STATES

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dc.contributor.author Minno, Liza Drake
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-01T17:25:17Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-01T17:25:17Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-01
dc.date.submitted December 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/17442
dc.description.abstract This thesis advances a critical understanding of the ways in which neoliberal multiculturalism works to naturalize settler colonialism in the United States through the queer, feminist, and decolonial use of visual, historical, and legal analysis. The Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) of 2010, as well as the White House signing ceremony for the TLOA serve as the main sites for this analysis. The central argument of the thesis is that multiculturalism in the United States facilitates the ongoing naturalization of settler prerogatives and that Barack Obama, through his deployment of affect and analogy, is especially effective at normalizing multicultural settler domination of colonized lands and peoples. Subtending this argument are arguments about how settler colonialism is maintained through the use of sexual violence against Indigenous people and through heteronormativity, which must be continuously-enforced. The thesis, therefore, interrogates the effects of the settler state’s gestures toward Indigenous women and sexual violence in the TLOA and the TLOA signing ceremony. The bulk of the evidence for the thesis comes from secondary historical sources, the genealogy of laws that constitutes Federal Indian Policy in the United States, and original legal analysis of the TLOA and the TLOA Congressional Hearings, as well as original visual and discourse analyses of the TLOA signing ceremony. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject "Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009" en_US
dc.subject Neoliberal Multiculturalism en_US
dc.subject Settler Colonialism en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Indians of North America--Legal status, laws, etc.
dc.subject.lcsh Indians of North America--Government relations
dc.subject.lcsh Criminal jurisdiction--United States
dc.subject.lcsh Criminal justice, Administration of--United States
dc.title WHOSE “SHARED HUMANITY”?: THE TRIBAL LAW AND ORDER ACT (2010), BARACK OBAMA, AND THE POLITICS OF MULTICULTURALISM IN SETTLER COLONIAL STATES en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree American Studies en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of American Studies en_US
dc.description.advisor Brandzel, Amy
dc.description.committee-member Denetdale, Jennifer
dc.description.committee-member Goldstein, Alyosha


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