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Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education

A Reader- Foreword by Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw

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Edited By George J. Sefa Dei

An important academic goal is to understand ongoing contestations in knowledge in the search to engage everyday social practice and experiences, as well as the social barriers and approaches to peaceful human coexistence. This reader pulls together ideas concerning Indigenous epistemologies (e.g., worldviews, paradigms, standpoints, and philosophies) as they manifest themselves in the mental lives of persons both from and outside the orbit of the usual Euro-American culture. The book engages Indigenous knowledges as far more than a «contest of the marginals», thereby challenging the way oppositional knowledges are positioned, particularly in the Western academy. Subsequently, this book is a call to recognize and acknowledge Indigenous knowledges as legitimate knowings in their own right, and not necessarily in competition with other sources or forms of knowledge. The project offers an opportunity for the critical thinker to continue on a de-colonial/anti-colonial intellectual journey in ways informed by Indigenous theorizing.

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27. Beyond Deconstruction: Evolving the Ties between Indigenous Knowledges and Post-Foundational Anti-Racism Zahra Murad 422

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Anti-racism has been my activism, my lens of critique, and my source of strength for almost adecade.I have built my academic and personal life around it, striving to hold myself and the people important to me accountable to one another and to its principles. And, I have always assumed that anti-racism can, and does, function coherently with anti-colonialism. I am beginning to learn that it is naïve to assume this of all anti-racisms, that this assumption is perhaps a product of my own privilege as a settler on Turtle Island and my perspective as a displaced person, rather than a reflec- tion of a truth.1 Despite some very clearly delineated theorizing within the Academy with regards to what anti-racism may or may not be, it has been my experience that anti-racism is as diverse in its practices as it is in its adherents. Although I have looked on this diversity as a strength, I must acknowledge that, like all mechanisms that attempt to govern the impact of social interactions, anti- racism is flawed, contextual, and not at all perfect. This chapter is a reflection of my experiences in specific communities and movements with a particular form of post-foundationalist anti-racism, and of the re-colonizing implications of utiliz- ing post-foundationalism as the primary lens through which to theorize resistance. Post-foundation- al anti-racist theorizing in the Academy is often productive and subversive, challenging dominant structures of colonization and racialization. Rather than reflecting on post-foundational anti-racism as it is theorized in text, however,...

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