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Title: Tackling Maori Masculinity: A Colonial Genealogy of Savagery and Sport
Authors: Hokowhitu, Brendan
Keywords: Maori
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Hokowhitu, B. 2004. Tackling Maori Masculinity: A Colonial Genealogy of Savagery and Sport. The Contemporary Pacific 16 (2): 259-84.
Abstract: The primary aim of this paper is to deconstruct one of the dominant discourses
surrounding Mäori men—a discourse that was constructed to limit, homogenize,
and reproduce an acceptable and imagined Mäori masculinity, and one that has
also gained hegemonic consent from many täne. I use a genealogical approach to
outline the historical underpinnings of the image of the Mäori man as naturally
physical, and the mechanisms, including the confiscation of land and a racist state
education system, that served to propound and perpetuate this construction. The
contemporary portrayal of the natural Mäori sportsman has evolved from these
historical roots in what has become a largely subconscious but no less insidious
pattern of subjugation through positively framed sporting images.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Appears in Collections:TCP [The Contemporary Pacific ], 2004 - Volume 16, Number 2

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