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Southern Celts: An ethnographic journey


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Southern Celts is my practice-led PhD narrative inquiry in which I created a book of interview narratives of women and men with Scottish and Irish backgrounds who live in Aotearoa New Zealand. Accompanying this I wrote an exegesis exploring decisions made in this process, placing them in wider academic discussions. These two texts are underpinned by insights drawn from literatures on narrative as method and text, autoethnography, the discursive construction of culture and identity and writing as method.
I will focus on my use of two metaphors: a crystal (Richardson 2000, 2005) and the spirals used in more traditional Celtic art. Finally, I reflect on how the realisation that the Maori word whenua, which means ‘land’ and ‘umbilical chord,’ enabled me to draw together themes of place, land, time and personal identity.
Centre for Languages Nov 02 2016.

Item Type: Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnography, Autoethnography, historiography, Writing as method, Celts, New Zealand Scots and Irish
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology. Visual Ethnography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Languages
Depositing User: Celine Kearney
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 23:37
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 04:24

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