In Rising Up, Living On, Catherine E. Walsh examines struggles for existence in societies deeply marked by the systemic violences and entwinements of coloniality, capitalism, Christianity, racism, gendering, heteropatriarchy, and the continual dispossession of bodies, land, knowledge, and life, while revealing practices that contest and live in the cracks of these matrices of power. Through stories, narrations, personal letters, conversations, lived accounts, and weaving together the thought of many—including ancestors, artists, students, activists, feminists, collectives, and Indigenous and Africana peoples—in the Americas, the Global South, and beyond, Walsh takes readers on a journey of decolonial praxis. Here, Walsh outlines individual and collective paths that cry out and crack, ask and walk, deschool, undo the nation-state, and break down boundaries of gender, race, and nature. Rising Up, Living On is a book that sows re-existences, nurtures relationality, and cultivates the sense, hope, and possibility of life otherwise in these desperate times.
Gratitudes ix Beginnings 1 1. Cries and Cracks 13 2. Asking and Walking 75 3. Traversing Binaries and Boundaries 123 4. Undoing Nation-State 180 5. Sowing Re-existences 230 Epilogue 248 Notes 253 Bibliography 297 Index 321
"The virtues of Rising Up, Living On are many. First, it is beautifully written with prose that flows like refreshing water at the edge of a desert. This makes sense, since an ongoing critical concern in the text is dehumanization. . . . Second, there are so many gems from thought across the Global South. As the text begins reflectively in the United States with the author’s realization of settler colonialism being hidden in plain sight, the journeys that follow facilitate the reader joining her along with those she reads, re-reads, and knows into the reality beneath the colonial veils of denial. These gems are not only the rich array of theoretical insights, stories of resistance in the face of despair, and artistic representations, but also portraits of different ways to live thought and gender."
~Lewis Gordon, Blog of the APA