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Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty


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Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction. Contradictory Sovereignty 1
1. Contested Indigeneity: Between Kingdom and "Tribe" 43
2. Properties of Land: That Which Feeds 76
3. Gender, Marriage, and Coverture: A New Proprietary Relationship 113
4. "Savage: Sexualities 153
Conclusion. Decolonial Challenges to the Legacies of Occupation and Settler Colonialism 194
Notes 203
Glossary of Hawaiian Words and Phrases 235
Bibliography 237
Index 263

About the Author

J. Kehaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University, author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity, also published by Duke University Press, and editor of Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders.


"Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty offers a careful delineation of the centrality of heteropatriarchy to both imperial-colonial and nation-state structures. Using the concepts of biopower and biopolitics, J. Kehaulani Kauanui powerfully recounts the history of the (incomplete) subjugation of women and suppression of native sexual practices as inherent parts of the establishment of the Hawaiian monarchy, revealing the paradox of ali'i having to eradicate indigenous ways of life in order to gain recognition of Hawaiian sovereignty. She shows how this paradox continues today, as Christian evangelical ideology undergirds the discourse of restoring the Hawaiian Kingdom."--Noenoe K. Silva, author of "The Power of the Steel-tipped Pen: Reconstructing Native Hawaiian Intellectual History "

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