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Violence: A Micro-sociological Theory

by Randall Collins

In the popular misconception fostered by blockbuster action movies and best-selling thrillers--not to mention conventional explanations by social scientists--violence is easy under certain conditions, like poverty,...


The Dandy: Peacock or Enigma?

by Nigel Rodgers

A look at the phenomenon of the dandy from Regency England to the contemporary Congolese Sapeurs, with stops at Wodehouse, Wilde, Grant, and more The dandy is not just an elaborately or even well-dressed...


The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

by Michael Ignatieff

Must we fight terrorism with terror, match assassination with assassination, and torture with torture? Must we sacrifice civil liberty to protect public safety?

In the age of terrorism, the temptations of ruthlessness...


Voters' Veto: The 2002 Election in New Zealand and the Consolidation of Minority Government

by Jack Vowles & Peter Aimer

Tracking New Zealand's transition from the first-past-the-postelectoral system, as used in Britain, to the mixed-member-proportional system, as used in Germany, this analysis examines New Zealand's pivotal 2002...


Voters' Vengeance: 1990 Election in New Zealand and the Fate of the Fourth Labour Government

by Peter Aimer & Jack Vowles

The 1990 election in New Zealand produced the biggest landslide in 50 years, and Voters’ Vengeance uses comprehensive survey research to explore why New Zealand voters reacted in this way. The answers to over...


Towards Consensus?: The 1993 Election and Referendum in Nz

by Peter Aimer

Based on a nationwide survey of voters, this is a study of the historic 1993 New Zealand general election and referendum. It seeks to explain why New Zealanders made the choices they did - an extremely narrow...


The Ideal Society and Its Enemies: The Foundations of Modern New Zealand Society, 18501900

by Miles Fairburn

In this challenging and provocative study of the nature of settler society in 19th-century New Zealand, Fairburn focuses on the lives of the common people and presents a rigorous and original description of...


The Dominion of Signs: Television, Advertising and Other New Zealand Fictions

by Nick Perry

If you have ever wondered what led to the rise and fall of New Zealand's Telethon, or pondered the appeal of Metro magazine, or sought to understand the popularity of Billy T. James, this book is for you. The...


Proportional Representation on Trial: New Zealand's Second Mmp Election and After

by Peter Aimer, Jack Vowles & Susan Banducci

Tracing the transition of a democracy as it moves in between electoral systems, this book details the current and past public opinion surrounding New Zealand’s 1999 election. As a result of the second election...


Historical Frictions: Maori Claims and Reinvented Histories

by Michael Belgrave

The land claims presented before the Waitangi Tribunal, first established in 1975 as a permanent commision of inquiry to address claims by the Maori people, are discussed in this analysis of the role of legal...


Changing Times: New Zealand Since 1945

by Jenny Carlyon & Diana Morrow

From the “golden weather” of postwar economic growth, through the globalization, economic challenges, and protest of the 1960s and 1970s, to the free market revolution and new immigrants of the 1980s and...


Building the New World: Work, Politics and Society in Caversham, 1880s1920s

by Erik Olssen

These essays are the result of a study of the Dunedin working-class suburb of Caversham. Olssen discusses a number of important theoretical issues the writing of history, the question of class, the role of gender,...


Politics in New Zealand

by Richard Mulgan

This revised edition of a classic introduction to the New Zealand political, constitutional, and electoral system covers recent elections and the constitutional and legal changes that have attracted the attention...


Over the Mountains of the Sea: Life on the Migrant Ships 18701885

by David Hastings

Drawing upon more than 80 personal diaries and journals of those on board, this resource explores the rich experience and the trials and tribulations of hopeful Anglo-Celtic pilgrims headed to Australia and...


Leisure and Pleasure: Reshaping and Revealing the New Zealand Body 1900-1960

by Caroline Daley

This exploration of an unexpected aspect of New Zealand social history examines the human body at leisure in the years 1900–1960. This book studies bodybuilding, especially the famous strongman Eugen Sandow;...


Globalisation and the Wealth of Nations

by Brian Easton

Neither an argument for nor against globalization, this book is a careful and thorough analysis of the issues of globalization and an imaginative, wide-ranging picture of the globalizing world. It aims to both inform and...


Waihou Journeys: The Archaeology of 400 Years of Maori Settlement

by Caroline Phillips

Drawing on archaeology, Maori oral history, European accounts, this is a fascinating study of cultural change and development by Maori in a single region of New Zealand.


Voters' Victory: New Zealand's First Election Under Proportional Representation

by Jack Vowles

Completes a triad of studies charting New Zealand's shift to a new MMP electoral system. This volume is the story of the first MMP election in 1996 and asks the question: is MMP beginning to deliver what its...


The New Zealand Family from 1840: A Demographic History

by D. Ian Pool, Arunachalam Dharmalingam & Janet Sceats

An authoritative demographic history of the New Zealand family from 1840–2005, this reference is a collection of statistics that interprets the changing role of the family and its members. Using detailed...


New Zealand and the Vietnam War: Politics and Diplomacy

by Roberto Rabel

Starting with the first Indochina War in the 1950s, this historical analysis covers the story of New Zealand's relations with Vietnam up to the end of the Vietnam War in the 1970s. Exploring the diplomatic history...