‘Settler Colonialism’: Career of a Concept

  title={‘Settler Colonialism’: Career of a Concept},
  author={Lorenzo Veracini},
  journal={The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History},
  pages={313 - 333}
  • Lorenzo Veracini
  • Published 2013
  • History
  • The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
In a necessarily selective way, this paper explores the historiographical evolution of ‘settler colonialism’ as a category of analysis during the second half of the twentieth century. It identifies three main passages in its development. At first (until the 1960s), ‘settlers’, ‘settlement’ and ‘colonisation’ are understood as entirely unrelated to colonialism. The two do not occupy the same analytical field, pioneering endeavours are located in ‘empty’ settings and the presence and persistence… Expand
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