JADE AND BELONGING:MAKING A SOCIAL LANDSCAPE OF BELONGING TO THE WEST COAST

Fiona Grubb

Abstract


The collection of jade on the rural Northern West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand is a serious and popular pastime for a group of local people who call themselves Coast Roaders. Largely transient and often socially marginalised, this group of people, predominantly men, use the collection of jade to construct a social landscape, ‘the bush’, through which they negotiate a sense of belonging to the area. This paper explores the development of this social landscape and further, how it is gendered in particular ways.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11157/sites-vol2iss1id58