Follow the Typical Signs: Settler Sovereignty and its Discontents

Jodi Byrd

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Comments made as part of a roundtable discussion on the significance of the US frontier to settler colonial and indigenous studies. Reflecting on the creation and circulation of settler sovereignty as a technology of territoriality, this essay considers how frontier logics inform Jacques Derrida's delineation of the beast and the sovereign in his late lectures. Finally, this essay argues for a perspectival shift in the questions scholars ask about the role of the frontier in order to activate indigenous critiques of settler colonialism.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalSettler Colonial Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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