Ethnographic research with the Pakeha Treaty movement: "Being a group that is changing"

Huygens, Ingrid (2010) Ethnographic research with the Pakeha Treaty movement: "Being a group that is changing". In: Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (CEAD) Hui 2010, 17-19 November, 2010, Hamilton, New Zealand. (Unpublished)

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An alternative use of ethnographic methods is to investigate new, aspirational constructions of the social world developed within counter-hegemonic social movements. Sociologists Eyerman & Jamison (1991) consider that to understand social movements “in their own terms...[is] an important, even crucial task for social theory”. The local movement of activist Treaty workers shares a 30 year history, alongside Maori activists, of challenging and educating Pakeha to revisit and honour the Treaty of Waitangi. As a Pakeha Treaty educator, I positioned myself as an ‘insider researcher’ able to use methods of recording and researching that followed the ethics and protocols of our movement. Our commitment to developing knowledge collectively led to an innovative method whereby groups created visual ‘theories’ of Pakeha change, and then shared these successively with other groups of Treaty educators around the country, and eventually at a national gathering. We thereby followed action principles used in community psychology and radical adult education to create valuable practical resources (imagery, books and videos) for ongoing work. We also affirmed common praxis, settled differences, and learnt new skills to sustain ourselves and each other, aspects vital to all minority ‘cultural work’. I will display and discuss this process of cumulative 'visual theorising’ as an ethnographic method suitable for exploring and strengthening collective knowledges that are suppressed or marginalised in dominant culture.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords that describe the item:Decolonisation processes; coloniser indigenous relationships; Treaty of Waitangi education movement; tauiwi Treaty education; social movement practices; emergent decolonisation theory
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions:Schools > School of Social Development
ID Code:1121
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Deposited On:28 Jul 2011 23:26
Last Modified:13 Sep 2011 02:10

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