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Talk: The end of the British World and the redefinition of citizenship in New Zealand, 1950s-1970s
24/11/2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
In the 1950s New Zealand identified as an integral part of a wider British World, with the United Kingdom at its heart. By the Seventies, this British World had come to an end, as had New Zealand’s self-identification as a British nation. In the intervening period the concept of citizenship in New Zealand had been redefined from an ethnic (British) based one to a notion that was both more civic and more inclusive of other ethnic groups and Maori.
The argument of this talk will be that the redefinition of citizenship took place primarily in the context of a major shift in national identity.
After having established the context of the end of the British World in New Zealand (with a focus on the UK’s application for entry into the European Economic Community (EEC) and the British military withdrawal from ‘East of Suez’). Dr Mann will explore the British Nationality and New Zealand Citizenship Act of 1959 and the Citizenship and Aliens Act of 1977 to illustrate the ways in which citizenship became more inclusive of other ethnic groups in the country.
Dr Mann will then discuss the Maori Affairs Amendment Act of 1967 and the subsequent Maori Affairs Amendment Act of 1974 to highlight the ways in which citizenship in New Zealand also increased its inclusion of Maori at this time.
Jatinder Mann is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London and a former Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta. He is working on a project on ‘The end of the British World and the redefinition of citizenship in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, 1950s-1970s’. Jatinder has recently published a monograph with Peter Lang Publishing, New York based on his doctoral thesis entitled The Search for a New National Identity: The Rise of Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia, 1890s-1970s.