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Māori culture in the modern world: its creation, appropriation and trade


Lai, Jessica Christine (2010). Māori culture in the modern world: its creation, appropriation and trade. i-call Working Paper Series 02, Universität Luzern.

Abstract

As a consequence of the colonisation of New Zealand and the subsequent removal of many Māori from their traditional social structures and norms, Māori culture and identity has become muddied in the Pākehā dominated world. Exactly what it is to be Māori and the extent to which culture defines identity is not agreed upon. In this paper, it is discussed why Māori interests and needs, with respect to their cultural heritage, should be met, in relation to the benefits from its use and trade, socially and economically. This is followed by an analysis why current intellectual property regimes do not allow for this. Finally, a survey of recent “pop-culture” appropriations of Māori culture is made and, from the reaction of prominent Māori to these, the interests and needs of the Māori and how they can best be met are extrapolated.

As a consequence of the colonisation of New Zealand and the subsequent removal of many Māori from their traditional social structures and norms, Māori culture and identity has become muddied in the Pākehā dominated world. Exactly what it is to be Māori and the extent to which culture defines identity is not agreed upon. In this paper, it is discussed why Māori interests and needs, with respect to their cultural heritage, should be met, in relation to the benefits from its use and trade, socially and economically. This is followed by an analysis why current intellectual property regimes do not allow for this. Finally, a survey of recent “pop-culture” appropriations of Māori culture is made and, from the reaction of prominent Māori to these, the interests and needs of the Māori and how they can best be met are extrapolated.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:Working Paper Series > i-call Working Paper Series
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:27 Jun 2016 08:17
Last Modified:27 Jun 2016 12:45
Series Name:i-call Working Paper Series
Number of Pages:47
ISSN:1664-0144
Related URLs:http://www.rwi.uzh.ch/lehreforschung/alphabetisch/graber/Research/workingpapers.html (Organisation)
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-124695

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