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ERIC Number: EJ939226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
"Na Wahine Mana": A Postcolonial Reading of Classroom Discourse on the Imperial Rescue of Oppressed Hawaiian Women
Kaomea, Julie
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v14 n3 p329-348 2006
"White men are saving brown women from brown men." Gayatri Spivak suggests that this phrase is for her as fundamental for an investigation of colonial dynamics as Freud's formulation "a child is being beaten" was for his inquiry into sexuality. Through a deconstructive interrogation of elementary Hawaiian history textbooks, Hawaiian studies curricula and Hawaiian studies classroom conversations, this paper examines how the colonial myth of oppressed indigenous women who were liberated through colonization continues to be perpetuated and sustained in postcolonial classrooms today. Drawing from traditional Hawaiian and Foucaultian methods of genealogy, the author disrupts the dominant narrative of progress and increased civilization for Hawaiian women through colonization, and proposes a counter-narrative of traditionally powerful Hawaiian women, whose political and domestic autonomy were severely challenged and gradually eroded with the imposition of Euro-American forms of government and Christian-American domestication. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
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Language: English
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