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Entanglements of empire : missionaries, Māori, and the question of the body

Author: Tony Ballantyne
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Auckland University Press, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The first Protestant mission to New Zealand, established in 1814, saw the beginning of complex political, cultural, and economic entanglements with Māori. Entanglements of Empire is a deft reconstruction of the cross-cultural translations of this early period. Misunderstanding was rife: the physical body itself became the most contentious site of cultural engagement, as Māori and missionaries struggled over  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Ballantyne
ISBN: 9781869408268 1869408268
OCLC Number: 908104912
Notes: "First published by Duke University Press in 2014"--Title page verso.
Awards: Winner of W. H. Oliver Prize for the Best Book on New Zealand History 2015
Short-listed for Ernest Scott Prize for History 2016
Description: xii, 360 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Exploration, empire and evangelization --
Making place, reordering space --
Economics, labor, and time --
Containing transgression --
Cultures of death --
The politics of the "enfeebled" body.
Responsibility: Tony Ballantyne.

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"The first Protestant mission to New Zealand, established in 1814, saw the beginning of complex political, cultural, and economic entanglements with Māori. Entanglements of Empire is a deft reconstruction of the cross-cultural translations of this early period. Misunderstanding was rife: the physical body itself became the most contentious site of cultural engagement, as Māori and missionaries struggled over issues of hygiene, tattooing, clothing, and sexual morality. Author explores the varying understandings of such concepts as civilization, work, time and space, and gender - and the practical consequences of the struggles over these ideas. The encounters in the classroom, chapel, kitchen, and farmyard worked mutually to affect both the Māori and the English worldviews. Ultimately, the interest in missionary Christianity among influential Māori chiefs had far-reaching consequences for both groups. Concluding in 1840 with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the new age it ushered in, Ballantyne's book offers important insights into this crucial period of New Zealand history"--Publisher's information.

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