In this duoethnographic essay, united in our desire as white settler scholars to trouble the settler colonial legacies still steeped in what counts as our “home,” we have written personal accounts of our connections to certain places. Building on these musings, we explore the ontological perspectives of Donna J. Haraway and Karen Barad to navigate the more-than-human dimensions of our home places as well as their troubling colonial histories. Using composting as theory making, we make tentative conclusions about the practice of white settler response-ability and the possibilities of a more response-able relationship with Indigenous people and with our home places.
Troubling Pākehā Relations to Place: Composting Home Stories
Avril Bell is Associate Professor in the Sociology Programme in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland. Correspondence to: Avril Bell, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Avril Bell, Rebecca Ream; Troubling Pākehā Relations to Place: Composting Home Stories. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2021; 10 (1): 97–116. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.1.97
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