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This Pakeha Life: an Unsettled Memoir


This Pakeha Life: an Unsettled Memoir

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Author: Alison Jones.
Format: Trade Paperback C Format
Publication date: 08/09/2020
ISBN: 9781988587288

This book is about my making sense here, of my becoming and being Pakeha. Every Pakeha becomes a Pakeha in their own way, finding her or his own meaning for that Maori word. This is the story of what it means to me. I have written this book for Pakeha and other New Zealanders curious about their sense of identity and about the ambivalences we Pakeha often experience in our relationships with Maori.

A timely and perceptive memoir from award-winning author and academic Alison Jones. As questions of identity come to the fore once more in New Zealand, this frank and humane account of a life spent traversing Pakeha and Maori worlds offers important insights into our shared life on these islands.

1 review for This Pakeha Life: an Unsettled Memoir

  1. Hedley’s Books

    Shortlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards, one of The Listener’s best books of 2020 and in our opinion a book every Pākehā should read. In this thought-provoking memoir, award-winning writer Alison Jones maps a rough path toward Pākehā identity. Asking questions, while avoiding positions of blame and guilt, in search of a ‘Pākehā-ness’ in relation to Māori that is respectful and honest. The result is an incredible book and an important contribution to the conversation around our national identity. – David

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