chapter  12
Turning over Rocks and Unsettling Memories: “Studying Up” Euro-Canadians in the Spaces between Cultures
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Christine and Jack are two elderly white church-going Euro-Canadians, and former employees of the United Church’s Indian residential schools in the 1950s and 1960s. Their comments reflect their personal and emotional experiences as participants in a research project that pertained to “study up,” as Laura Nader described in 1969, “the colonizers rather than the colonized, the culture of power rather than the culture of the powerless, the culture of affluence rather than the culture of poverty” (p. 289). In this chapter I describe my attempt to “study up” through colonial hierarchies and across cultures; an unsettling process that turned over rocks for both the researcher and the researched.