Political Landscapes: Physical, Social and Historical

  • Jay M. Woodhams


We must look at the physical, social and historical conditions from which discourses emerge to get a deeper understanding of the ways voters generate their political identities. In New Zealand, its geographical isolation, growing inequality and history of race relations provides the backdrop for the political discourses and identities that are drawn upon and generated in voters’ talk. This chapter demonstrates how such landscapes provide fertile ground for the genesis of discourses and identities and thus the need to reach out to that which resides beyond discourse.


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  • Jay M. Woodhams
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  1. 1.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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