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ERIC Number: EJ747677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4159
Perceptions of "Maori" Deaf Identity in New Zealand
Smiler, Kirsten; McKee, Rachel Locker
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v12 n1 p93-111 2007
Following the reframing of "Deaf" as a cultural and linguistic identity, ethnic minority members of Deaf communities are increasingly exploring their plural identities in relation to Deaf and hearing communities of affiliation. This article examines "Maori" Deaf people's perceptions of identity, during a coinciding period of "Tino Rangatiratanga" ("Maori" cultural and political self-determination and empowerment) and the emergence of Deaf empowerment. Interviews with 10 "Maori" Deaf participants reveal experiences of enculturation into "Maori" and Deaf communities and how they negotiate identity in these contexts. Consistent with the model of contextual identity in Deaf minority individuals of Foster and Kinuthia (2003), participants expressed fluid identities, in which "Maori" and Deaf aspects are both central but foregrounded differently in their interactions with hearing "Maori," Deaf "Maori," and the wider Deaf community. This New Zealand case study illustrates how changing sociopolitical conditions affect Deaf minority individuals' opportunity to achieve and express identification with both Deaf-world and family heritage cultures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand