No Home for Thought: The Origins of Anti-Intellectualism in New Zealand

ResearchSpace/Manakin Repository

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Cremin, C en
dc.contributor.author Ozier, Paloma en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-12T23:24:10Z en
dc.date.issued 2018 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/37639 en
dc.description Available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland. en
dc.description.abstract Since the early years of New Zealand’s settlement, and leading into the present, scholars across various disciplines have drawn attention to the presence, and prevalence, of a national anti-intellectual culture. However, there is no single comprehensive work which expressly addresses the origins of anti-intellectual tendencies in the local context. This thesis is offered as a contribution to what is recognised as a lack of literature in this precise area. Against the idea that anti-intellectualism is simply a consequence of New Zealand’s pioneer heritage, I propose that anti-intellectualism is closely associated with broader historical trends and developments transposed from Europe. Specifically, it is argued that the decline of feudal relations, and the rise of Protestantism, were together conducive to the production of a conceptual apparatus and value system which privileged mercantile, worldly activity over the life of the mind. This value system, carried to New Zealand with early European settlers, was particularly amenable to the conditions of the colony, and was there brought to its logical conclusion, leading to an intensification of existing anti-intellectual sentiments. It is argued that such sentiments continue to be expressed today, as anti-intellectualism does not remain purely as a residue of the nation’s frontier past, but is rather reproduced and renewed under contemporary conditions. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99265100014102091 en
dc.rights Items in ResearchSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. en
dc.rights Restricted Item. Available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland. en
dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title No Home for Thought: The Origins of Anti-Intellectualism in New Zealand en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.elements-id 751456 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-08-13 en


Full text options

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Share

Search ResearchSpace


Advanced Search

Browse