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Past and present: reflections on citizenship within New Zealand

Lunt, N., Spoonley, P. and Mataira, P. (2002) Past and present: reflections on citizenship within New Zealand. Social Policy & Administration, 36 (4). pp. 346-362. ISSN 0144 5596

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Abstract

The paper discusses historical and emerging dimensions of citizenship within Aotearoa/New Zealand. Drawing on Turner's work, it explores the utility of Marshallian distinctions of civil, political and social citizenship. These evolutionary notions are seen as problematic, given the historical treatment of the Chinese community, and the abrogation of the Treaty of Waitangi with respect to European–Maori relationships. Ideas of the "worker citizen", "military citizen" and "parent citizen" are discussed in relation to historical foundations of entitlement and their contemporary challenges. Considerations include a shift to non-standard employment, reconceptualization of New Zealand's role as a Pacific nation, and demographic and value shifts. The non-governmental sector as a "fourth" route to entitlement is examined, including notions of community capacity-building with particular respect to Maori. The paper concludes with a commentary on current debates around the nature and shape of New Zealand nationality, identity and citizenship. Ecological debates include the use and guardianship of natural resources and the opposition of public opinion to genetic modification. Indigenous developments include the assertion of Treaty rights by Maori in relation to land, language and economic and social development. Cultural dimensions include the changing population structure as reflected in the growth of Pacific Island nations, Asian populations and the refugee community. The interplay of these ecological, indigenous and cultural dimensions will help define emergent citizenships for Aotearoa/New Zealand in the twenty-first century.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > The York Management School
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2009 16:08
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2009 16:08
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9515.t01-1-00258
Status: Published
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-9515.t01-1-00258
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7465

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