Settler-colonial studies argues for a shared settler dynamic based on the very particular historical and geopolitical factors that structure settler colonies. Veracini posits the existence of a white settler mentality which flows from these structural correspondences and characterizes it as racked by ambivalence and defensiveness, the consequence of “being both European and non-European, deliberately establishing new lifestyles and ostensibly reproducing old ones, being colonized and colonizing at the same time” (7).