A ‘different’ settler relation to place? Avril Bell, ‘Moving Roots A “Small Story” of Settler History and Home Places ‘, Qualitative Inquiry, 2016
Abstract: In the early stages of research into the life of my great-great-grandfather, George Graham, I have repeatedly come across scraps of his life story relating to trees in various central city locations in Auckland, New Zealand, locations now abutting and on the university campus at which I work. These trees and places directly link me with George in powerful ways, becoming channels into affective responses of pride and excitement that also connect me viscerally to George’s role in the colonization of Auckland and dispossession of Māori. Here, I explore these affective states and the ways they provoke my thinking about being a descendant of settler colonizers and about my relation to my settler homeland. These material connections to colonial history “thicken” my relationship to Auckland and to the colonial story, and I use these experiences to point to the possibility of a different, “alter-colonial” form of settler relation to place.
Filed under: Uncategorized |