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Being Maori in the City


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Preface and Acknowledgements A Note on language Introduction CHAPTER I: An overview of Maori and New Zealand history CHAPTER II: Maori lives in Auckland CHAPTER III: The Marae: a symbol of continuity CHAPTER IV: Ways of life in a Maori house CHAPTER V: The whanau, past and present CHAPTER VI: A practical universe of meanings CHAPTER VII: At the heart of a politics of differentiation CONCLUSION: Interconnected places and autonomous spaces APPENDIX A: Profiles of the interviewees NOTES REFERENCES

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"Natacha Gagne is a gifted writer who has conducted excellent fieldwork and data assembly for this book. She provides a valuable corpus of knowledge by which to test and compare Maori and indigenous urban-life circumstances cross-culturally and cross-generationally. As such, Being Maori in the City could become a pivotal publication on which much needed future scholarship can develop." -- Paul Tapsell, Professor and Chair of Maori Studies, University of Otago "Being Maori in the City is a serious advance in state-of-the-art research, re-invigorating New Zealand anthropology as it explores the realities of urban life for Maori today. Combining the intimacy of long-term participatory research with the relative objectivity of an informed, well-trained anthropologist, Natacha Gagne proves that this classic anthropological approach is the discipline at its best. Her book makes an important contribution both to Maori studies and to urban anthropology in New Zealand, adding significantly to an area that has been little explored in social anthropology." -- Eleanor Rimoldi, Senior Lecturer, Social Anthropology Programme, Massey University "In this informative book, Natacha Gagne uses the framework of 'universes of meaning' to understand the wide and diverse sets of urban-based Maori relationship dynamics. This method captures and contextualizes the different situations of identity-dynamics quite effectively, and it will make this book of interest to those in a wide range of academic disciplines." -- Lynette Carter, Programme Co-ordinator, Indigenous Development, and Senior Lecturer, University of Otago

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Natacha Gagne is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Universite Laval.


'Gagne presents a classic anthropological study of participant observation and ethnography... Being Maori in the City is an important book that adds richness to the relatively sparse literature on urban Maori.' -- Lily George Sites New Series vol 10:01:2013 'This is a very solid and satisfying urban anthropological work...Highly recommended' -- K.S. Fine-Dare CHOICE Magazine; vol 50:11:2013 'Being Maori in the City is a helpful book, a modern anthropology to aid academic understanding of modern Maori lives and circumstances in Auckland. It is an effective addition to the current literature that contemplates Maori identities and urban Maori lives.' -- Aroha Harris The Journal of Pacific History vol 49:02:2014 'Gagne makes a compelling argument regarding the importance of an anthropology concerned with ordinary, superficially apoliticized indigenous city people.' -- Fiona McCormack Journal of Pacific Affairs, vol 87:03:2014 'Natacha Gagne adeptly weaves together ethnographic analysis, historical context, and social anthropology to craft a book whose structure and organization uniquely mirrors the heteroglossia, complexity, and multilayered experiences of the Maori.' -- Katherine Lambert- Pennington TAJA: The Australian Journal of Anthropology, vol 25:01:2014 'Natacha Gagne has produced a thorough and well-theorized piece of work that will serve as a useful introduction to anyone interested in the identities and politics of Indigenous people living in an urban setting.' -- Belinda Borell Aboriginal Policy Studies vol 4:01:2015 'This earnest work provides reader with an up-close and personal account of some of the everyday experiences of Maori city dwellers... Anthropologically, the work is useful to any socio-scientific research being carried out on minority people living in urban centres.' -- Marama Muru-Lanning The Contemporary Pacific vol 27:01:2015

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