Culture versus class: Towards an understanding of Maori poverty
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SourceRace & Class, 62, 1, (2020), pp. 78-96
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Race & Class
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
Interrogating why class has been demoted as a useful concept within anthropology, the author examines the ways in which issues of inequality and ethnicity have been used to explain both the enduring impact of settler colonialism on, and contemporary forms of discrimination against, New Zealand Maori. He weighs up the impact of the cultural turn in academia, the Maori Renaissance, the impact of neoliberalism, and the assumption that class coincides with ethnicity and hence the emphasis on affirmative action in education. The assumption that poverty is either class- or ethnicity-based is false. Maori themselves have been affected by social change: a few making it into a middle class, while, despite growing intermarriage, identification as Maori, appears enhanced by both enduring poverty and racism.
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