chapter  1
33 Pages

Introduction

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book excavates into the oft-cited indigenous and Maori metaphysics of worldedness and considers its referencing indigenous notions of education. It explores various Maori terms and their concepts that display the idea that the world works on the self at all times, such that the self along with any other thing is indivisible from other things. The book suggests that dominant Western assumptions in education rest in first instance on the idea that an object can be described in isolation from other things. It discusses the theoretical impact of presence on indigenous notion of worldedness, and considers from that perspective how presence reconfigures objects so that they are no longer all within any one thing. The book aims to highlight the forms of text and meaning that are hidden or suppressed, although with the knowledge that one is always influenced by presence.