Tensions in rhetorics of presence and performance

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Publication Type dissertation
School or College College of Education
Department Education, Culture & Society
Author Watanabe, Sundy Louise
Title Tensions in rhetorics of presence and performance
Date 2012-08
Description This dissertation draws on theories of survivance and rhetorical sovereignty to document and interrogate interactional tensions in rhetorics of presence and performance occurring between selected American Indian students and non-Native faculty, staff, and graduate research assistants within a research-extensive university context. Tensions arise, I argue, because participants hold discrepant beliefs concerning the goal and function of education and the role sovereignty plays in achieving that goal. Discrepancies affect the way participants enact, receive, describe, and interpret presence and performance and determine how effectively Indigenous epistemologies are incorporated within the university. Utilizing tenets of Critical Indigenous Research Methodologies, the study rejects deficit views while remaining cognizant of colonized histories. It gives voice to Indigenous knowledges in practical and applicable ways as it accounts for contemporary educational realities, and it reconceptualizes research and educational praxis from an intercultural perspective. The study finds several factors crucial to supporting American Indian students: an understanding of sovereignty and trust obligations; Native faculty and personnel who are culturally invested, academically skilled, and able to effectively implement culturally responsive curricula; strength-based support; and, administrators and teachers whose praxis addresses Native-identified need and honors Indigenous difference. If university systems are to live up to their rhetoric of support for American Indian educational success, they must address interactional tensions and negotiate to more overtly indigenize the academy. They must suit canon, curriculum, and pedagogy to Native students' separate and specific needs as members of sovereign nations.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject American Indian education; Performance; Presence; Rhetorical sovereignty; Rivaling; Survivance
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name Doctor of Philosophy
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Sundy Louise Watanabe 2012
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 764,138 bytes
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Source Original in Marriott Library Special Collections, LC8.5 2012 .W37
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s68k7qwv