Martial Indigeneity: Deconstructing “Decolonization” in International Relations

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Constructivists often criticize mainstream International Relations (IR) theories for their colonial approach to the cultures, knowledge, and agency of Indigenous peoples. Despite their intentions, constructivist approaches fail to decolonize IR. The constructivist construction of Indigenous peoples as embodiments of non-violence, cooperation, and empathy and as passive victims of violence should be replaced by a more nuanced approach to the roles of Indigenous people in war and violence–what we define as “martial indigeneity.”
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeorgetown Journal of International Affairs
Issue number18.9.2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoEC publication typeB1 Article in a scientific magazine


  • indigeneity
  • international relations
  • colonialism/imperialism
  • war
  • violence

Field of science

  • International political science


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