In/visible Sight
220 pages, 6 5/8 x 9 1/2
b&w photos, maps and tables
Release Date:01 Feb 2001

In/visible Sight

The Mixed-Descent Families of Southern New Zealand

Athabasca University Press

Angela Wanhalla begins her story in Maitapapa, Taieri, New Zealand,the mixed-descent community where her great-grandparents, John Brownand Mabel Smith, were born. As In/visible Sight takes shape, acommunity emerges from the records, re-casting history and identity inthe present. Drawing on the experiences of mixed-Maori/White families,Wanhalla examines the early history of southern New Zealand. There,Ngai Tahu engaged with the European newcomers on a sustained scale fromthe 1820s, encountering systematic settlement from the 1840s, andfighting land alienation from the 1850s. The evolving social world wasone framed by marriage, kinship networks, and cultural practices -- aworld in which interracial intimacy played a formative role.

Angela Wanhalla is an award-winning scholar andlectures in history at the University of Otago. Publishing ininternational periodicals and engaged in research, Wanhalla draws on astrong theoretical framework for her writing on Maori society.

List of Maps and Tables


Chapter 1. Intimate Histories

Chapter 2. Pátahi’s Story

Chapter 3. Interracial Families and Communities

Chapter 4. Boundary Crossings

Chapter 5. Fears and Anxieties

Chapter 6. Racial Categories and Lived Identities

Chapter 7. Migration Stories

Chapter 8. In/visible Sight




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