Experiences from Academia Around the World
Edited by Saija Katila, Susan Meriläinen and Janne Tienari
Chapter 9: Extending Cross-ethnic Research Partnerships: Researching with Respect
Judith K. Pringle, Rachel Wolfgramm and Ella Henry CONTEXTUAL SETTING In this chapter, we consider how we might create productive equitable relationships across historically fractured ethnic lines. It considers a number of methodological styles, but is autobiographical and uses personal narratives. We aim to explore the struggle in dynamic research relationships as we seek authenticity in inquiry and representation cast within a macro context of unequal power. The contextual foundations of our examination reside within experiences as Ma ori and Pa keha researchers from Aotearoa/New Zealand, a country ¯ ¯ founded on the ideal of a partnership relationship between the indigenous Ma ori and Pa keha (the colonizers). Although trade connections between ¯ ¯ Ma ori and the British Crown can be traced back to the 1790s, the formaliza¯ tion of a colonial relationship occurred in 1840, when the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) was signed by 540 Ma ori chiefs and a representative of ¯ the British Crown, Governor Hobson (Orange, 2004). As Ma ori chiefs became aware of the evolving powers of a colonial admin¯ istration, they became increasingly agitated by the modus operandi of command, control and acquisition taken as the Crown, through its representative officials, and began to actively assert sovereign rule. This has resulted in a history littered with battles between Ma ori, the Crown and its representative ¯ ¯ governments (King, 2003; Orange, 2004). Whilst Ma ori continue to contest the dispossession of lands, rights and autonomous sovereignty, tribal claims and settlements are now being actively addressed by governments....
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