The belief that Maori are a privileged indigenous people is indeed pervading. This thesis examines the 'idea' of Maori privilege, its origins, and the reasons for its existence. The thesis argues that the assumptions upon which Maori privilege are predicated are deeply embedded in the western intellectual tradition. Today those assumptions continue to frame Maori/Crown relations. To this extent privilege plays an important roll in the on-going process of colonisation.
Maori Privilege: a history of an idea.