A deeper deep listening: doing pre-ethics fieldwork in Aotearoa New Zealand

Lowe, Sebastian J., George, Lily, and Deger, Jennifer (2020) A deeper deep listening: doing pre-ethics fieldwork in Aotearoa New Zealand. In: George, Lily, Tauri, Juan, and Te Ata o Tu MacDonald, Lindsey, (eds.) Indigenous Research Ethics: claiming research sovereignty beyond deficit and the colonial legacy advances in research ethics and integrity. Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity, 6 . Emerald, Bingley, UK, pp. 275-291.

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This chapter looks at what it means to set out to do anthropological research with tangata whenua (New Zealanders of Māori descent; literally, 'people of the land'), from the particular perspective of a Pākehā (New Zealander of non-Māori descent – usually European) musical anthropologist with an interest in sound-made worlds. In late 2017, Lowe was awarded funding for a conjoint PhD scholarship in anthropology at James Cook University, Australia, and Aarhus University, Denmark. However, following advice from several colleagues in Aotearoa New Zealand, Lowe decided to assess the viability of the project with his prospective Māori and non-Māori collaborators prior to officially starting his PhD candidature. Throughout this process of pre-ethics (Barrett, 2016), Lowe met with both Māori and non-Māori to discuss the proposed PhD project; a 'listening in' to his own socio-historical positioning as a Pākehā anthropologist within contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand. This approach to anthropological research is in response to George (2017), who argues for a new politically and ethnically aware mode of anthropology that aims to (re)establish relationships of true meaning between anthropology and Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Item ID: 64982
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-78769-390-6
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Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020 Emerald Publishing Limited
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2020 23:21
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200207 Maori Cultural Studies @ 30%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200211 Postcolonial Studies @ 20%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 20%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950407 Social Ethics @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music @ 30%
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