Written out of History: a Critical Analysis of Political Science and Policy Studies

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  • Terry Scott Ketchum Oklahoma Choctaw Nation

Abstract

One needs to look no further than to the discipline of Political Science and Policy Studies if they wish to see why American Indian Studies and Indigenous Studies has been in a continual struggle for legitimacy in academia, specifically at the university level. Besides the issue of the historical record, notions of democracy—fostered by Political Science—favor rationalism and written documentation as evidence over oral traditions and sacred knowledge; this might explain the cold shoulder that many political scientists give toward the thought of a Native American political theory or ontology having any substantive or moral value. Perhaps, the biggest reason why these disciplines suffers from resistance in higher education is that, in order to justify the dominant and prevailing worldview, there is a need to demonize difference, which serves to perpetuate the foundations of ideology behind our institutions; most notably white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy.

Author Biography

Terry Scott Ketchum, Oklahoma Choctaw Nation

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