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    Reflective engagement in cultural history: a Lacanian perspective on Pasifika teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand

    Brown, T, Devine, N, Leslie, E, Paiti, M, Sila'ila'i, E, Umaki, S and Williams, J (2007) Reflective engagement in cultural history: a Lacanian perspective on Pasifika teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand. Pedagogy Culture and Society, 15 (1). pp. 107-118. ISSN 0965-9757

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    Abstract

    How do we understand our own cultural histories and how do these understandings impact on our senses of self? This paper addresses the case of Pacific islander migration into New Zealand. It is based on a study fuelled by a group of Pacific island teachers exploring their own experiences of becoming teachers in New Zealand schools. The paper raises some theoretical issues relating to cultural identity as understood in relation to educational practices at the interfaces of cultures. By examining how notions of Pacific cultural identity for individuals are held in place by particular self-images the paper asks how such identities might be seen as reaching out to possible futures. The paper concludes with some tentative thoughts on how an individual might work towards strengthening a historical sense of self and a more productive reflective/reflexive conception of engagement in a situation of cultural minority.

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