Through a combination of historical and contemporary analysis this book shows how settler colonialism, as a mode of racial capitalism, has made and remade Winnipeg and the Canadian Prairie West over the past one hundred and fifty years. It traces the emergence of a ‘dominant bloc’, or alliance, in Winnipeg that has imagined and installed successive regional development visions to guarantee its own wealth and power. The book gives particular attention to the ways that an ascendant post-industrial urban redevelopment vision for Winnipeg’s city-centre has renewed longstanding colonial ‘legacies’ of dispossession and racism over the past forty years. In doing so, it moves beyond the common tendency to break apart histories of settler-colonial conquest from studies of urban history or contemporary urban processes.
“A compelling story of the way that settler colonialism remains a powerful force in the planning and design of the contemporary city. Stolen City is creative, theoretically innovative, and skillfully crafted from an exceptional range of historical and ethnographic data woven into an insightful, convincing analysis.”
—Setha Low, Professor of Anthropology and Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography) and director of the Public Space Research Group at The Graduate Center, City University of New York
“Stolen City is a riveting account of pan-Indigenous resistance to settler colonial land claims, industries, and (sub)urban development projects in Red River and Winnipeg. Through a rich archive of historical documents, interviews, Indigenous counter-plans and poetry, Owen Toews shows the vibrant and long threads of counter-planning to settler dispossession and capitalist forms of development. Toews contributes to an exciting and timely conversation on the relationships between racial capitalism and settler colonialism that have relevance for struggles against gentrification and enclosures of land and for planning decolonial futures.”
—Jenna M. Loyd, author of Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States, forthcoming with Alison Mountz, UC Press, 2018
|Subject||Social Science, Human Geography, Urban Sociology, Colonialism & Post-Colonialism|
|Pages||240 pp (Paper)|
|Dimensions||5.5″ × 8.5″ × .5″|