The Moral Limits of the Law: Settler Colonialism and the Anti-Violence Movement by Andrea Smith

Unsettling Settlers

The Full article can be found here as part of the most recent  issue of Settler Colonial Studies: Karangatia: Calling Out Gender and Sexuality in Settler Societies


Anti-violence advocates in the United States often find themselves working with the contradictions of struggling for a vision of justice within the constraints of the US criminal legal system. Perhaps the greatest contradictions may be felt by many Native advocates who understand the US to be a settler colonial state. This article explores these contradictions and the limitations that this framework imposes on genuine attempts to address injustice. It also proposes a possible way out of a constraining paradox

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