Indigenous in a postsettler society? Rachel Busbridge, ‘Between continuity and change: Contemporary indigenous identities and Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand’, International Sociology, 31, 5, 2016, pp. 515-524
Abstract: This essay reviews three recently published books that chart the complexities of what it means to be indigenous today, focusing on the experiences of Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand. Exploring the everyday lives of urban-based Māori (Gagné), the development of an indigenous mediascape (Hokowhitu and Devadas), and the challenges associated with the regeneration of Māori tribal identities (Kawharu), the three books offer a robust depiction of Māori life in ostensibly bicultural New Zealand, illustrating the complexities of indigenous cultural representation, rejuvenation, and survival in the present era. In addition, they have much to offer beyond a New Zealand context, for they speak to wider debates over identity and culture in ways that will be especially stimulating for students and scholars interested in contemporary manifestations, articulations, and expressions of indigeneity.
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