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Tackling Māori Masculinity: A Colonial Genealogy of Savagery and Sport

Hokowhitu, Brendan (2004) Tackling Māori Masculinity: A Colonial Genealogy of Savagery and Sport. The Contemporary Pacific, 16 (2). pp. 259-284.

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The primary aim of this paper, then, 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 that has also gained hegemonic consent from many täne. I outline and focus on those historical racist notions of Mäori masculine physicality that have developed into a contemporary portrayal— the natural Mäori sportsman. To problematize this construction it is necessary to examine the racially based traits, such as physicality, imposed on täne in the precolonial and early colonial periods, and the role New Zealand State education has played in perpetuating this construction. I describe sport as a site of “positive” racism that acts as a contemporary conduit to channel täne into the physical realm.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Permission kindly granted to reproduce this article from The Contemporary Pacific editorial board.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Maori, Masculinity, Sport, Indigenous Masculinity, Rugby, Maori masculinity, Brendan Hokowhitu, Te Tumu, University of Otago, Maori Studies,
Publication Types:Article
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
ID Code:72
Deposited By:Karyn Paringatai
Deposited On:22 April 2009

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