ERIC Number: EJ1089536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Maori in the Kingdom of the Gaze: Subjects or Critics?
Mika, Carl; Stewart, Georgina
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v48 n3 p300-312 2016
For Maori, a real opportunity exists to flesh out some terms and concepts that Western thinkers have adopted and that precede disciplines but necessarily inform them. In this article, we are intent on describing one of these precursory phenomena--Foucault's Gaze--within a framework that accords with a Maori philosophical framework. Our discussion is focused on the potential and limits of colonised thinking, which has huge implications for such disciplines as education, among others. We have placed Foucault's Gaze alongside a Maori metaphysics and have speculated on the Gaze's surveillant/expectant strategies with some key Maori primordial phenomena in mind, such as "te kore" (nothingness) and "ahua" (form). We posit the Gaze as an entity and thus aim to render it more relevant to Maori, so that it can be addressed appropriately. We also (but relatedly) preface that discussion by theorising on some of the challenges that confront us as Maori authors in even referring counter-colonially to the Gaze. Whilst we do not seek to destabilise the Gaze by positing it as a metaphysically based entity, we do hint at the possibility that critical indigenous philosophy may even for a short time bring the Gaze into focus for Maori. By introducing an awareness of an alternative (Maori) metaphysics, we may have unsettled the self-certainty of the Gaze.
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Ethnic Groups, Pacific Islanders, Western Civilization, Guidelines, Foreign Policy, Metacognition, Indigenous Knowledge
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