Mana Taonga and the public sphere: a dialogue between indigenous practice and Western theory

Schorch, Philipp and Hakiwai, Arapata 2014, Mana Taonga and the public sphere: a dialogue between indigenous practice and Western theory, International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 191-205, doi: 10.1177/1367877913482785.

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Title Mana Taonga and the public sphere: a dialogue between indigenous practice and Western theory
Author(s) Schorch, Philipp
Hakiwai, Arapata
Journal name International Journal of Cultural Studies
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 191
End page 205
Total pages 15
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1367-8779
Keyword(s) identity politics
indigenous political practice
museum theory and practice
performative democracy
public sphere
Summary Recent re-conceptualizations of the ‘public sphere’ facilitated a much needed shift in thinking about identity politics ‘from a substance … to a movement’ (Weibel and Latour, 2007). This laid the foundation for dissolving the ‘emanatist vision’ (Bourdieu, 1990) of self-explanatory and perpetual systems and structures towards the interrogation of actions and performances that simultaneously constitute and are affected by such wider socio-political realities. Most academic contributions, however, remain on a normative or theoretical level without offering empirical insights.

This article introduces Mana Taonga as an Indigenous Māori concept of cultural politics embedded in current museum practice at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa). It creates a dialogue between Indigenous Māori practice and Western theory leading to a refined understanding of performative democracy within a museum as forum, or public sphere. The authors argue that a specific museum offers a particular place, space and empirical reality to interrogate seemingly universal concepts such as ‘culture’ and ‘politics’ by blending theoretical notions with an awareness of institutional contexts and practices.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1367877913482785
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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