Maori Stereotypes and Identities Analytical Essay by chachacha

Maori Stereotypes and Identities
This paper provides a discourse analysis in order to discuss stereotypes and identities of the Maori diaspora in Australia.
# 115810 | 1,800 words | 3 sources | APA | 2007 | NZ
Published on Aug 12, 2009 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Anthropology (Australian) , Ethnic Studies (General) , Language (General)

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In this study, the writer examines issues surrounding an identity construction of the Maori diaspora in Australia. the study is based on data collected from online discussions exchanged between Maori people within and outside of New Zealand. The writer also investigates how Maori identity is expressed and displayed in their discussions. The writer maintains that this study reveals that it is important to consider experiences of Maori people in Australia when one studies their identity. The writer concludes that investigating the relationship between knowledge of the culture or language and the identity in immigration settings provides an insight into different senses of identity among the migrants.

From the Paper:

"In the discussion board investigated for this study, several participants presented the ability to speak Maori language as a central marker of Maori identity. In fact, some people involved in the discussion insist that many Maori people in Australia are 'plastic' because of their lack of knowledge about the language and culture. The messages that support this view often contain more Maori language than those expressing some kinds of disagreement. This may be because the Maori language is used in the messages to provide some distance from those who do not fully understand the language and present themselves as not being 'plastic'. Nevertheless, opinions regarding the ability to speak the language as an identity marker are mixed. Some people felt that knowledge about the language and culture is necessary to identify themselves as Maori."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bedford, R., & Didham, R. (2001). Who are the Pacific peoples?: Ethnic identification and the New Zealand census. In C. Macpherson., P, Spoonley., & M, Anae (Ed.). Tangata o te moana nui: The evolving identities of Pacific peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.
  • Maori-in-OZ (2007). Retrieved Jun 1, 2007 from
  • Study Guide. (2007). Study guide for Language of Pacific. Massey University, School of Language Study.

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