Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Māori, and the Question of the Body

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Auckland University Press, Mar 16, 2015 - Great Britain - 360 pages
The first Protestant mission to New Zealand, established in 1814, saw the beginning of complex political, cultural, and economic entanglements with Maori. ENTANGLEMENTS OF EMPIRE is a deft reconstruction of the cross-cultural translations of this early period. Misunderstanding was rife, and the physical body itself became the most contentious site of cultural engagement. Maori and missionaries struggled over issues of hygiene, tattooing, clothing, and sexual morality and missionaries found it was difficult to maintain their own practices because of their dependence on Maori chiefly patrons as well as the material constraints and social conflicts. Tony Ballantyne explores the varying understandings of such concepts as civilization, work, time and space, and gender -- and the practical consequences of the struggles over these ideas. The encounters in the classroom, chapel, kitchen, and farmyard worked mutually to affect both the Maori and the English worldviews.

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Tony Ballantyne is currently Chair of the History Department and Director of the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture at the University of Otago, and has previously taught at Washington University in St Louis, the University of Illinois, and the National University of Ireland. In 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. His books include ORIENTALISM AND RACE: ARYANISM IN THE BRITISH EMPIRE (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series, Palgrave, 2001), BETWEEN COLONIALISM AND DIASPORA: SIKH CULTURAL FORMATIONS IN AN IMPERIAL WORLD (Duke University Press, 2006), and WEBS OF EMPIRE: LOCATING NEW ZEALAND┐S COLONIAL PAST (Bridget Williams Books, 2012).

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