Book cover of Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities by Mahmood Mamdaniby Mahmood Mamdani

Making the radical argument that the nation-state was born of colonialism, this book calls us to rethink political violence and reimagine political community beyond majorities and minorities.

In this genealogy of political modernity, Mahmood Mamdani argues that the nation-state and the colonial state created each other. In case after case around the globe―from the New World to South Africa, Israel to Germany to Sudan―the colonial state and the nation-state have been mutually constructed through the politicization of a religious or ethnic majority at the expense of an equally manufactured minority.

Interview with the Author

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Dr. Mahmood Mamdani, “Neither Settler Nor Native” w/ Dr. Gil Anidjar
3/5/21        59 min

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