“Variations under Domestication”: Indigeneity and the Subject of Dispossession

Jodi A. Byrd

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This essay draws upon critical ethnic studies, Indigenous critical theory, and settler colonial studies to consider how biopolitics and biocapital have converged in North America through the racial regimes inaugurated by settler colonialism. It does so by close reading the popular science fiction television series Orphan Black to interrogate how late colonialism saturates cultural productions and to demonstrate how dispossession functions through durative and recursive structures. Providing the extractive and appropriative logics underlying racial capitalism, dispossession is both generative and procedural as it produces investments in neoliberal subjectivity, property, and territoriality—and their loss—to ensure that the originary colonization of Indigenous peoples in North America remains the condition of possibility for settler colonial social relations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-141
JournalSocial Text
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • indigeneity
  • settler colonialism
  • dispossession
  • Orphan Black
  • racial capitalism


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