Reframing the rural experience in Aotearoa New Zealand: Incorporating the voices of the marginalised
A scan of social research about rural New Zealand from the 1980s reveals power divisions which have muted the voices of ‘others’. Listening to these voices could transform how we manage the economy, sustain the environment and promote social well-being in future. Rural sociological attention in New Zealand has focused on the people and communities associated with land and resource-based assets, with little attention to the rural majority not engaged in primary production. Indigenous voices are also missing. As Jessica Hutchings argues, decisions on economic development, the environment and social services continue to uphold colonial hegemony as the dominant worldview in Aotearoa New Zealand. By being open to the perspectives of people normally ignored and particularly engaging with indigenous approaches, application of capital and power in development can be rethought and structural inequalities addressed.
Published in: Journal of Sociology, issue Special Issue: Transforming Rural Futures
Keywords: class, gender, habitus, indigenous, inequality, Māori, power, rural
Research Type: Journal Article