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Engaging with Maori: Using our heads and hearts


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Keynote speaker Erana Cooper asks whether psychologists’ hearts have caught up with our minds in engaging with Maori.This paper addresses how Pakeha/tauiwi psychologists may learn to ‘stand together’ with Maori in ways that use both our heads and hearts. Recent research into processes of change for Pakeha showed the significance of emotional responses to stories of Maori pain and dispossession, disturbing statistics, and being culturally de-centred, in conjunction with increased understanding and professional competence. I will discuss new and old theorising in social psychology and education about how the heart may help either to resist or change culturally self-centred worldviews and practices towards relationship-centred world views and practices. Finally, we will discuss how psychologists may become, as keynote speaker Pat Dudgeon encourages, part of the solution for the future.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Conference was held 20-23 April, 2012, in Wellington, New Zealand
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Development
Depositing User: Ingrid Huygens
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2013 02:05
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:59

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