‘Far Distant from their Native Land’: Locating New Zealand in the Scottish Diaspora

Tanja Bueltmann

in Scottish Ethnicity and the Making of New Zealand Society, 1850-1930

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641550
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653553 | DOI:
‘Far Distant from their Native Land’: Locating New Zealand in the Scottish Diaspora

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This chapter sets out to redefine the meaning of diaspora, conceptualising it not simply in terms of the movement of people overseas, but through active agency in the form of individual migrants and their actions and associations. In so doing, it shows the multiple and multifaceted types of connections that existed between New Zealand and the wider Scottish world. The connections ensured enduring and diverse ways in which New Zealand Scots, as well as those of Scottish descent, actively maintained and experienced the Scottish Diaspora. There was a strong sense of transnational identification. This allowed New Zealand Scots to recover a sense of belonging and locate it in a more global context. Diaspora, in fact, mediated between living in the new homeland and remembering the old in a variety of forms, for instance through the concern shown by expatriate Scots for the crofters in the Highlands.

Keywords: Scottish Diaspora; New Zealand; transnational identification

Chapter.  10973 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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