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The Tourist State: Performing Leisure, Liberalism, and Race in New Zealand

Margaret Werry


No longer the dreary sheep farm at the end of the world, the New Zealand of the new millennium is a hot global ticket, heralded for its bicultural dynamism, laid-back lifestyle, and scenery extraordinary enough to pass for Tolkien’s Middle Earth. How this image was crafted is the story this book tells. In a series of narratives that address the embodied dimensions of biopolitics and explore the collision of race, performance, and the cultural poetics of the state, this book exposes the real drama behind the new New Zealand, revealing how a nation was sold to the world—and to itself. The story ... More

Keywords: race, New Zealand, biopolitics, cultural poetics, Liberal Era, tourism, military diplomacy, health reform, town planning, knowledge economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816666058
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816666058.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Werry, author