New Zealand Identities: Departures and Destinations, by James H. Liu, Tim McCreanor, Tracey McIntosh, Teresia Teaiwa
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The various peoples who have come to call New Zealand home have long histories of their own, but as a modern nation, New Zealand is young. Such youth has a particular vibrancy, and its own peculiar crises.
New Zealanders have seen war, at home and abroad; they have also sought peace, domestically and internationally. And whether New Zealanders will ever arrive at agreement on a singular definition of their national identity, what is clear is that the process of identity-making here is dynamic.
In this book, 15 writers with diverse personal and scholarly backgrounds examine issues of identity as both departing point and destination.
Read separately, their essays are windows into the diversity of thinking about identity that New Zealand has inspired across the social sciences. Read together, they reflect common themes and a deep understanding of identity that transcends disciplinary boundaries, and acts as a testament to the sincere desire of social scientists to engage in an open dialogue with the goal of informing public debate.