National identity as the element of societal security in New Zealand

Authors: Mikhaylov Ya.V. Published: 23.08.2023
Published in issue: #4(102)/2023  
DOI: 10.18698/2306-8477-2023-4-861  
Category: The Humanities in Technical University | Chapter: Philosophy Science  
Keywords: societal security, New Zealand, national identity, multicultural society

The paper considers issues of emergence, formation and transformation of the New Zealand national identity in the context of societal security policy. The arguments are provided that key determinants in the “Kiwi identity” formation include specifics of the New Zealand environment, national narratives of the two dominant cultural groups, i.e. Pakeha and Maori, as well as the cultural narratives of the peoples of the Pacific Ocean. Role and problems of the ethnic factor in the New Zealand sociocultural space are analyzed. It is proven that the New Zealand society is more likely to be a multicultural society, where every individual has equal access to any culture, than a society of ethnocultural pluralism, where only the dominant culture is enjoying the state support.

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