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Title: Border Work in the Contact Zone: Thinking Indigenous/non-Indigenous collaboration spatially
Contributor(s): Somerville, Margaret Jean  (author); Perkins, T (author)
Publication Date: 2003
DOI: 10.1080/0725686032000172597
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Abstract: This paper explores different ways of conceptualising Indigenous/non- Indigenous research collaboration and partnerships. It begins with a brief outline of the problem of current conceptualisations within the critical paradigm in qualitative research. It proposes the idea of the contact zone as a useful way to theorise the site, and border work as a way to understand the emotional and intellectual work, of intercultural collaboration. It applies these ideas to the analysis of a series of conversations between team members involved in a research partnership between an Australian Aboriginal corporation and a university. This analysis suggests that the way borders are conceived differently by different team members depends on their particular political investments. A range of border maintenance and border crossings is necessary for the task of achieving effective collaboration. The 'discomfort' zone of cultural contact is usefully conceived as an area of productive tension in which differences can generate hybrid outcomes such as team produced books for the organisation's ecotourism enterprise.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Intercultural Studies, 24(3), p. 253-266
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1469-9540
Field of Research (FOR): 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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