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A new Maori migration: Rural and urban relations in northern New Zealand

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The Athlone Press, University of London, ,

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This book offers an in-depth examination of the dynamics of a population suddenly divided into rural and urban components.

Before 1939, Māori were almost entirely rural but in a few short decades they have become predominantly urban. The author, a prominent anthropologist, draws on extensive fieldwork and ethnographic research to explore the intricate relationships between rural and urban settings during a period marked by significant societal changes. Metge’s work not only provides valuable insights into the experiences of Māori individuals undergoing migration but also delves into the broader implications for rural-urban relations. The book holds significance for its meticulously documented comparative study of two Māori communities—one in a traditional rural setting and the other in Auckland. The work delves into various aspects such as housing, domestic organisation, marriage patterns, kinship structure, voluntary associations, and leadership in both communities. The book is divided into three main sections: the country; the city; the country and the city. The country section details the rural roots of Māori, including their connection to the land and traditional social structures. The city shifts focus to urban Māori experiences, covering demographics, immigrant and local population dynamics, housing, social organisation, and urban leadership. The final part examines the interplay between urban and rural environments and how urbanisation affects Māori society’s stability and traditional practices. Metge’’s insights provide valuable perspectives on the transformative impact of urbanisation on indigenous communities. Metge’s analysis and research contribute significantly to the understanding of the evolving dynamics within Māori society and their impact on both rural and urban landscapes in northern New Zealand.

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