Title

Seizing the Cultural & Political Moment & Catching Fish: Political Development of M?ori in New Zealand, the Sealord Fisheries Settlement, and Social Movement Theory

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Publication Title

Social Science Journal

Department

Environmental Policy and Decision Making

Abstract

Why did M?ori issues and treaty grievances become politically salient in the 1970s? I argue that contemporary social movement theory, which examines both political opportunities and the use of cultural resources by emerging movements helps to answer this question. A unique moment coalesced in the 1970s and 1980s, bringing together favorable political and cultural variables for M?ori not altogether present in previous eras. I locate the negotiation of the 1992 Sealord Fisheries Settlement in this cultural and political moment and evaluate the social and political consequences for M?ori and the New Zealand Government.