Placial Villains: Naming, Memorial Geographies of Invasion, and the Work of Social Studies

Smith, Bryan (2024) Placial Villains: Naming, Memorial Geographies of Invasion, and the Work of Social Studies. In: van Kessel, Cathryn, and Edmondson, Kimberly, (eds.) Teaching Villainification in Social Studies: Pedagogies to Deepen Understandings of Social Evils. Teachers College Press, New York, NY, USA, pp. 181-195.

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[Extract] In this chapter, I take up the ways in which settler colonization—a form of colonization that seeks to "'tame' a variety of wildernesses, end up establishing independent nations, effectively repress, co-opt, and extinguish indigenous alterities, and productively manage ethnic diversity" (Veracini, 2011, p. 3)—is memorialized in everyday and mundane ways, looking to complicate critical efforts to contend colonization that focus largely on the contentious and easily considered villains. Specifically, I argue that efforts to contend expressions of public memory in place are often predicated on villainification (van Kessel & Crowley, 2017). As a result, such work forgets the ordinary people and experiences that are remembered throughout a place's landscape that reproduces the dailiness of white possession over stolen lands, that is, the "extensive evil" (Minnich, 2014) of settler-colonialism.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 9780807782385
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Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2024 05:30
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