Commentary: 'Our reflections on identity, gender and transforming action': a lesson from place

Fredericks, Bronwyn and Walker, Melissa and Peacock, Christine and Duthie, Debbie and Best, Odette (2012) Commentary: 'Our reflections on identity, gender and transforming action': a lesson from place. MAI Journal , 1 (1). pp. 76-85. ISSN 2230-6862


This paper explores the cultural interplay between Indigenous women from one geographic locality being on and within the locality of the women of another locality – in this case, Whakatāne, Aotearoa. The authors consider identity, gender and place within the processes of transformation and decolonisation. They argue that women need to be involved in ways that restore their power as women and ensure their rightful place. The authors draw on the female ancestor Wairaka and her courage to argue that Indigenous women need to respond, change and adapt to the places in which they live. They argue that decolonisation needs to include action and possibilities for Māori and Indigenous Australian women.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 02:11
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 01:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: indigenous; Australia; Maori; Aotearoa; women; place Whakatane
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169904 Studies of Maori Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified

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