What is it about?
This article demonstrates the process of layering the personal story alongside the wider historical and social story, and alongside stories of other peoples, through a Critical Family History. As a strategy of decolonization, the stories are interrogated using critical theory. It is one story to make sense of a descendent of white settlers - Pākehā, the descendent of a colonial New Zealander.
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Why is it important?
Making sense of a white settler identity is significant to better understand and disrupt assumptions of a homogeneous white people group. To understand the complexity of identity stories and the wider macro factors that inform our becoming is one way to begin important conversations around privilege, mixedness, and equity.
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This page is a summary of: A Story of Becoming: Entanglement, Settler Ghosts, and Postcolonial Counterstories, Culture Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, September 2017, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1532708617728954.
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Mana Tangatarua Mixed heritages, ethnic identity and biculturalism in Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1st Edition
This volume explores mixed race/mixed ethnic identities in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Mixed race and mixed ethnic identity are growing in popularity as research topics around the world. This edited collection looks at mixed race and mixed ethnic identity in New Zealand: a unique context, as multiple ethnic identities have been officially recognised for more than 30 years. The book draws upon research across a range of disciplines, exploring the historical and contemporary ways in which official and social understandings of mixed race and ethnicity have changed. It focuses on the interactions between race, ethnicity, national identity, indigeneity and culture, especially in terms of visibility and self-defined identity in the New Zealand context. Mana Tangatarua situates New Zealand in the existing international scholarship, positioning experiences from New Zealand within theoretical understandings of mixedness. The chapters develop wider theories of mixed race and mixed ethnic identity, at macro and micro levels, looking at the interconnections between the two. The volume as a whole reveals the diverse ways in which mixed race is experienced and understood, providing a key contribution to the theory and development of mixed race globally.
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