chapter  15
Performative Writing: The Ethics of Representation in Form and Body
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This chapter draws from the work that in the field of Mori and Indigenous education within the frame of kaupapa Mori theory. It demonstrates how theorizing and practice that have grown from within Mori epistemologies have been applied in a number of settings as counter-narratives to the dominant discourses in New Zealand. The chapter highlights how such an approach has redirected the actions of members of the oppressor' groups to discursively reposition themselves through an ongoing process of conscientization in relation to the representations of Mori as a minoritized group. It describes the development of a means where, just as Paolo Freire predicted it should, educational reform has grown out of the power of the oppressed. The chapter focuses on three examples in an indigenous people's initiative to free ourselves from neo-colonial oppression by creating counter-narratives to the dominant discourses around research, classroom practices, school and system organization.