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ERIC Number: EJ946937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0962-0214
"Canaries in the Coal Mine": The Reframing of Biculturalism and Non-Maori Participation in Maori Language Learning
Lourie, Megan
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v21 n3 p217-230 2011
Maori language education policy documents reflect an underlying ambivalence about the desired outcomes for non-Maori learners participating in "as-a-subject" Maori language learning. The view of the Maori language as a national language may be in the process of being replaced by a view that identifies the language primarily as a cultural "taonga" (treasured possession) belonging to those of Maori ethnicity in the interests of an emergent elite. This is a process that characterises the "reframing of biculturalism". Language, as a communally shared good, serves an important boundary marking function and can be employed as a demarcating feature of identity. Viewed in this way, the Maori language contributes to strengthening a Maori ethnic identity, which in turn secures access to group rights. These group rights were established when Maori tribes were reconstituted as economic corporations or neotribes in political partnership with the government in the 1980s. The increasing exclusion of non-Maori from the Maori language may result in their rejection of biculturalism. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand