Essential Texts

Most of these works can be found on the other lists on this site, but given the amount of reading suggestions I toss out too folks who wish to know more about critical Indigenous and other decolonial perspectives on settler colonialism, capitalism, racism, the state, decolonization and other subjects, I have decided to cull many of them into an essentials list.

Mind you though that while I call this an “essentials list” it does assume to a large degree some pre-existing familiarity with ideas found in world-systems analysis/dependency theory, Frantz Fanon and others. Thus it is not a true “basics” list, but rather seeks to serve as a broad introduction to a few particular areas of theory and investigation that builds on and/or is in dialogue with many other pre-existing concepts and ideas.

Byrd, Jodi. 2011. The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota.

Ciccariello-Maher, George. 2017. Decolonizing Dialectics. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Coulthard, Glen. 2014. Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Deloria Jr., Vine. 2003 [1973]. God is Red: A Native View of Religion. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing.

—. 1988 [1969]. Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.

Durham, Jimmie. 2014. Waiting to be Interrupted. Selected Writings 1993-2012. Milano. IT: Mousse Publishing.

—. 1993. A Certain Lack of Coherence: Writings on Art and Cultural Politics. London, UK: Kala Press.

Dussel, Enrique. 2013. Ethics of Liberation: In the Age of Globalization and Exclusion. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

—. 2011. Politics of Liberation: A Critical World History. Manila, PH: SCM Press.

—. 2003. Philosophy of Liberation. Eurgene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers.

—. 2001. Towards an Unknown Marx: A Commentary on the Manuscripts of 1861-1863. London, UK: Routledge.

Forbes, Jack D. 2008. Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wetiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism, and Terrorism. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press.

Gordon, Lewis R. 2015. What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought. New York, NY: Fordham.

—. 2000. Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought. New York, NY: Routledge.

—, ed. 1997. Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy. New York, NY: Routledge.

—. 1995b. Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press.

—. 1995b. Fanon and the Crisis of European Man: An Essay on Philosophy and the Human Sciences. New York, NY: Routledge.

Grosfoguel, Ramón. 2013. “The Structure of Knowledge in Westernized Universities: Epistemic Racism/sexism and the Four Genocides/Epistemicides of the Long 16th Century.” Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge 11(1):73-90.

Grosfoguel, Ramón and Ana Margarita Cervantes-Rodríguez, eds. 2002. The Modern/Colonial/Capitalist World-System in the Twentieth Century: Global Processes, Antisystemic Movements, and the Geopolitics of Knowledge. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Maldonado-Torres, Nelson. 2008. Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Mignolo, Walter D. 2012. Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

—. 2011. The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Moten, Fred. 2018. The Universal Machine. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

—. 2018. Stolen Life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

—. 2017. Black & Blur. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

—. 2013. “Blackness and Nothingness (Mysticism in the Flesh).” South Atlantic Quarterly 112(4):737–780.

Moten, Fred and Stefano Harney. 2013. The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study. New York, NY: Autonomedia.

Pasternak, Shiri. 2017. Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake against the State. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Quijano, Aníbal. 2010. “Coloniality and Modernity/Rationality.” In Globalization and the Decolonial Option, edited by Walter Mignolo & Árturo Escobar, 22–32. London, UK: Routledge.

—. 2008. “Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism and Social Classification.” In Coloniality at Large: Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate, edited by Mabel Moraña, Enrique Dussel and Carlos A Jáuregui, 181-224. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

—. 2002. “The Return of the Future and Questions about Knowledge.” Current Sociology 50(1):75-87.

Quijano, Aníbal and Michael Ennis. 2000. “Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism, and Latin America.” Nepantla: Views from the South1(3):533-580.

Quijano, Aníbal and Immanuel Wallerstein. 1992. “Americanity as a Concept, or the Americas in the Modern World-System.” International Social Science Journal 134:549-557.

Rabasa, José. 2010. Without History: Subaltern Studies, the Zapatista Insurgency, and the Specter of History. Pittsburgh, PN: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Rabaka, Reiland. 2014. Concepts of Cabralism: Amilcar Cabral and Africana Critical Theory. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

—. 2010. Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon’s Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Robinson, Cedric J. Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press.

Simpson, Audra. 2014. Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake. 2017. As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Tinker, George E. 2008. American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Tuck, Eve, and K. Wayne Yang. 2012. “Decolonization is Not A Metaphor.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society 1 (1): 1-40.

Wolfe, Patrick. 2016. Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race.London, UK: Verso.

—. 2006. “Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native.” Journal of Genocide Research 8 (4): 387-409.

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