Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights
Publication Year: 2013
Million contends that nation-state relations are influenced by a theory of trauma ascendant with the rise of neoliberalism. Such use of trauma theory regarding human rights corresponds to a therapeutic narrative by Western governments negotiating with Indigenous nations as they seek self-determination.
Focusing on Canada and drawing comparisons with the United States and Australia, Million brings a genealogical understanding of trauma against a historical filter. Illustrating how Indigenous people are positioned differently in Canada, Australia, and the United States in their articulation of trauma, the author particularly addresses the violence against women as a language within a greater politic. The book introduces an Indigenous feminist critique of this violence against the medicalized framework of addressing trauma and looks to the larger goals of decolonization. Noting the influence of humanitarian psychiatry, Million goes on to confront the implications of simply dismissing Indigenous healing and storytelling traditions.
Therapeutic Nations is the first book to demonstrate affect and trauma’s wide-ranging historical origins in an Indigenous setting, offering insights into community healing programs. The author’s theoretical sophistication and original research make the book relevant across a range of disciplines as it challenges key concepts of American Indian and Indigenous studies.
Published by: University of Arizona Press
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1. An Introduction to Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights
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...examines the literature of damages marketability truth and telling1If every age has its symptoms, ours appears to be the age of trauma. Naming a wide spectrum of responses to psychic and physical events often with little in common beyond the label, trauma has become a portmanteau that covers a multitude of disparate injuries. Stories that ...
2. Gendered Racialized Sexuality: The Formation of States
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It is important to honour the missing and murdered women. It is unacceptable to marginalize these women. The Creator did not create The Canadian TRC specifically addressed sexual abuse of Indian children in residential schools. As a separate issue, Canada and the United States also came under human rights scrutiny from Amnesty International for fail-...
3. Felt Theory
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An ideology is made of what it does not mention; it exists because there In this chapter I make a case for remembering and understanding the impact of Canadian First Nations and Métis women’s first-person and experiential narratives on white, mostly male, mainstream scholarship. I argue that these narratives were political acts in themselves that in their ...
4. The “Indian Problem”: Anomie and Its Discontents
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What finally broke the seal on the residential school system . . . making public the story of neglect and physical and cultural abuse, was, ironically, the deepest secret of all—the pervasive sexual abuse of the children.In a 2008 commentary on research surrounding mental health in Indian Country, Audra Simpson asks, in tandem with W. E. B. Du Bois, “How ...
5. Therapeutic Nations
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On January 7, 1998, Canada announced the creation of a 350-million dollar Healing Fund designed to support communities in redressing the tragic effects of the residential school system on generations of First The Aboriginal Healing Foundation, headed by a Native who’s who in health, social work, and recovery, acknowledged their work as an extension ...
6. What Will Our Nation Be?
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Speaking for the sake of the land and the people means speaking for the In the United States, Pat Bellanger, an Ojibwe from Minnesota, stated her community’s interest: “To us, it is impossible to separate the fate of our children from the fate of our families—they are the same. We needed to come together as families. The women define the family and the family ...
7. (Un)Making the Biopolitical Citizen
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On the website Self-Determination Theory, Edward Deci and Richard Ryan’s words appear and dissolve, intermixed with pictures of smiling, healthy people. Their words introduce the power of self-determination as a theory for well-being: “To be self determined is to endorse one’s actions at the highest level of reflection.” This insight is followed by a second ...
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About the Author
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Dian Million (Athabascan) is an associate professor of American Indian studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Million has a PhD in ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley. As an active Northwest writer, Dian Million has published a variety of articles, essays, and poetry in numerous venues over the years. A representative example ...
Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies