Marginalizing Politics: The Conceptual and Epistemological Barriers to American Indians

Lauren M. MacLean
2016 Perspectives on Politics  
Native Americans have been structurally excluded from the discipline of political science in the continental United States, as has Native epistemology and political issues. I analyze the reasons for these erasures and elisions, noting the combined effects of rejecting Native scholars, political issues, analysis, and texts. I describe how these arise from presumptions inherent to the disciplinary practices of U.S. political science, and suggest a set of alternative formulations that could expand
more » ... our understanding of politics, including attention to other forms of law, constitutions, relationships to the environment, sovereignty, collective decision-making, U.S. history, and majoritarianism.
doi:10.1017/s1537592716002930 fatcat:7vokcennunhvfkgaqfzlidf5pi