Shining a transformative light, Sarah Quigley

Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand
Ingrid Horrocks and Cherie Lacey (eds)
Victoria University Press, $40.00,
ISBN 9781776560707

At a time when much of Europe is preoccupied with redefining – and defending – boundaries, New Zealand is in the comparatively luxurious position of being geographically isolated yet, thanks to electronic media, intensely connected with diverse political and cultural arenas. These benefits, plus a small but multi-ethnic population, mean that any examination of identity (national or otherwise) can be considered and reflective rather than hasty or reactive – as is evidenced by this wide-reaching, meditative collection of essays from Victoria University Press, Extraordinary Anywhere.

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