In/visible Sight

The Mixed-Descent Families of Southern New Zealand

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Pages: 208

RRP: $39.99

ISBN: 9781877242434

ISTC: A0220120000211A9

DOI: 10.7810/9781877242434

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In/visible Sight is a fascinating exploration of a little-known part of our history: the lives of part-Māori, part-Pākehā New Zealanders in the nineteenth century.

Focusing on interracial intimacy between Ngāi Tahu and Pākehā settlers, it explores how intermarriage played a key role in shaping colonial encounters. As Ngāi Tahu sought to fight the alienation of their land and protect their natural resources, marriage practices and kinship networks became an increasingly important way to control interaction with Pākehā.

The book also explores the contradictions and ambiguities of mixed-descent lives, offering new insights into New Zealand’s colonial past.

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1. Intimate Histories
2. Pātahi’s Story
3. Interracial Families and Communities
4. Crossing Boundaries
5. Fears and Anxieties
6. Racial Categories and Lived Identities
7. Migration Stories
8. In/visible Sight