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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Fieldwork as Transformative Experience

Fieldwork as Transformative Experience

Learning to See Positive Māori Urban Identities

(p.41) Fieldwork as Transformative Experience
At Home and in the Field

Serge A. Marek

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at how ethnographic research can challenge stereotypical views of Māori urbanization. In light of experiences with Māori in Auckland, Aotearoa, the chapter argues that perhaps the most important skill that a researcher can bring into the field is the ability to learn from that experience as it is happening. Researchers must be open to the possibility that their interactions with individuals and groups can, and often do, profoundly change the research that they are doing. This skill—referred to as “flexible fieldwork”—can lead to research that is more productive (both theoretically and practically), and to outcomes that are more meaningful both for the researcher and the people or organizations that are the focus of the research.

Keywords:   Māori, Māori urbanization, positive Māori identities, Māori urban identities, stereotypes, Auckland, Aotearoa, flexible fieldwork, ethnographic research

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