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Globalisation, contest and paradox in a continuing cultural landscape: Land reform in the New Zealand High Country



Globalisation, contest and paradox in a continuing cultural landscape: Land reform in the New Zealand High Country



Geografisk Tidsskrift-Danish Journal of Geography 109(2): 161-179



A key feature of globalization is the way that local landscapes are progressively opened up to the influence of global markets, consumers and capital. The transformations that results are frequently politically contested, and can profoundly and quickly affect cultural landscapes that have evolved slowly over long periods. The contests over policy direction may draw upon long established ideals of occupancy and ownership, and such 'policy myths' may paradoxically serve to undermine the very landscapes from which they are drawn. The New Zealand South Island High Country is a distinctive continuing cultural landscape that is currently undergoing radical change as a result of land tenure reform. The article demonstrates the way that cultural and political narratives and ideals are critical factors in mediating the relationship between globalization and local landscape change in this iconic landscape.

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DOI: 10.1080/00167223.2009.10649605


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