For tens of thousands of years tribal societies around the world achieved the universal ideal of a sustainable balance between individual, community, and environment.
These advanced and highly diverse cultures maintained stable and fulfilling societies characterised by small, human-scale communities, low-impact technologies, sustainable resource management, successful population control, holistic and ecologically integrated worldviews, and a high degree of social cohesion, physical health, psychological well-being and spiritual fulfilment for their members.
This careful balance however, was to be systematically destroyed around the world by the aggressive invasion of European colonial powers, which today has been superseded by the similarly aggressive advance of the global market system—its principle activity being to plunder and destroy all social and ecological wealth for purely economic returns.
Will the secrets of these sustainable societies be rediscovered in time? Will the vital living forces behind them be brought to bear upon and reverse the regressive malignancy of globalisation?
“Globalisation and Maori” explores this destructive process through its impact upon the Maori of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and other peoples around the world.
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