Blood Politics Race, Culture, and Identity in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

ISBN-10: 0520230973

ISBN-13: 9780520230972

Edition: 2002

Authors: Circe Sturm
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Description: Circe Sturm takes a bold and original approach to one of the most highly charged and important issues in the United States today: race and national identity. Focusing on the Oklahoma Cherokee, she examines how Cherokee identity is socially and politically constructed, and how that process is embedded in ideas of blood, color, and race. Not quite a century ago, blood degree varied among Cherokee citizens from full blood to 1/256, but today the range is far greater--from full blood to 1/2048. This trend raises questions about the symbolic significance of blood and the degree to which blood connections can stretch and still carry a sense of legitimacy. It also raises questions about how much racial blending can occur before Cherokees cease to be identified as a distinct people and what danger is posed to Cherokee sovereignty if the federal government continues to identify Cherokees and other Native Americans on a racial basis. Combining contemporary ethnography and ethnohistory, Sturm's sophisticated and insightful analysis probes the intersection of race and national identity, the process of nation formation, and the dangers in linking racial and national identities.

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/20/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Opening
Blood, Culture, and Race
Cherokee Politics and Identity in the Eighteenth Century
Race as Nation
Race as Blood Quantum
The Racial Politics of Cherokee Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century
Law of Blood, Politics of Nation
The Political Foundations of Racial Rule in the Cherokee Nation, 1907-2000
Social Classification and Racial Contestation
Local Non-National Interpretations of Cherokee Identity
Blood and Marriage
The Interplay of Kinship
Race, and Power in Traditional Cherokee Communities
Challenging the Color Line
The Trials and Tribulations of the Cherokee Freedmen
Closing
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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