Egalitarianism and Politics in New Zealand
Two salient discourses pattern much of New Zealand political discussion: egalitarianism and its levelling mechanism ‘tall poppy’ (the desire to ‘cut down’ those perceived as boastful). These discourses, however, do not seem to align with social reality (i.e., rising inequality) and this tension affects political identity genesis as it plays out in interaction. This chapter proposes novel conceptual models of Kiwi egalitarianism and tall poppy that can aid in the examination of their instantiation in talk.
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