New Books: 2011

At the University of Waikato we pride ourselves on teaching and research, and academic staff are benchmarked against the best in the world. Each year many of our academics contribute to or write books on their areas of expertise; this page is designed to highlight their achievements. These books are an extension of the academic excellence on offer at Waikato.

This page lists the new books from 2011. See the current new books page for new books published recently.


Neoliberalism and After? Education, Social Policy, and the Crisis of Western Capitalism

Michael A.Peters

Neoliberalism and After

Neoliberalism and After? Education, Social Policy, and the Crisis of Western Capitalism

The era that began with the election of the Thatcher and Reagan governments has been dominated by contemporary forms of neoliberalism based market fundamentalism, globalization as world economic integration and the ideology of free trade, and an attack on big government and social welfare.

Professor Michael Peter's book is an historical and theoretical investigation of contemporary neoliberalism in relation to education policy and its roll-back of the Keynesian welfare state. Education is the basis of the open society and rights to education should be fundamental in an emerging knowledge economy. The privatization of education and the monopolization of knowledge are the twin threats to openness and equality.

The book draws draws on the theoretical lens of Michel Foucault’s work on governmentality understood as a form of radical political economy to explore and critique neoliberalism as the ruling ideological consensus. It also draws on an ongoing and personal engagement with neoliberalism and questions whether and to what extent its influence will continue with the global destabilization of markets, the financial crisis and the world recession that is located in the heart of the advanced liberal economies of the USA and the EU.

Winner of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics’ Book Award for 2011.

Published by Peter Lang, New York.
ISBN-10: 1433112051, ISBN-13: 9781433112058.


The Virtues of Openness: Education, Science and Scholarship in a Digital Age

By Michael A.Peters and Peter Roberts

The Virtues of Openness investigates the social processes and policies that foster openness as an overriding educational value evidenced in the growth of open source, open access, and open education and their convergences that characterize global knowledge communities.

The book, written by Professor Michael A.Peters and Peter Roberts, argues that openness seems also to suggest political transparency and the norms of open inquiry, indeed, even democracy itself as both the basis of the logic of inquiry and the dissemination of its results.

It examines the complex history of the concept of the open society before beginning a systematic investigation of openness in relation to the book, the “open text” and the written word. These changes are discussed in relation to the development of new open spaces of scholarship with their impact upon open journal systems, open peer review, open science, and the open global digital economy.

Published by Paradigm Publishers, Boulder USA and Oxford.
ISBN-10: 1594516855, ISBN-13: 978-1594516856.


The Last Book of Postmodernism
Apocalyptic Thinking, Philosophy and Education in the Twenty-First Century

Michael A.Peters

Last Book of Postmodernism

The Last Book of Postmodernism - Apocalyptic Thinking, Philosophy and Education in the Twenty-First Century

The Last Book of Postmodernism comprises set of essays written on and about 'postmodernism' and education. It is written in an apocalyptic tone that treats themes of religion and spiritualism, drawing on poststructuralist sources of inspiration, to contrast the present 'postmodern condition' and the philosophical significance and historical influence of Nietzsche's statement 'God is dead.'

Written by Professor Michael A.Peters from the Faculty of Education, this book considers the meaning of the 'end' of Christendom and the prospect of global spirituality. It also considers the 'end' of literature and the beginning of user-generated cultures and the implications of this shift for education and the philosophical model of dialogue that has dominated the humanities in the West.

It charts the 'end' of philosophy and the rise of 'body' criticism, the promise of the Enlightenment, the relation between education, power and freedom, geophilosophy and the pedagogy of the concept, and the narrative turn as a basis for a new critical language for educational studies. Finally, the book considers post-postmodernism and the 'end' of the linguistic turn in educational theory.

Published by Peter Lang, New York.


Leo Strauss, Education, and Political Thought

Edited by J.G. York and Michael A. Peters

Leo Strauss

Leo Strauss, Education, and Political Thought

This collection by some of the leading scholars of Strauss' work is the first devoted to Strauss' thought regarding education. It seeks to address his conception of education as it applies to a range of his most important concepts, such as his views on the importance of revelation, his critique of modern democracy and the importance of modern classical education.

Edited by J.G York and Professor Michael A.Peters from the Faculty of Education, this book attempts to maintain traditional scholarly standards in the hope of approaching both Strauss and his work in a dispassionate and objective manner. It contains both biographical as well as scholarly chapters aimed first and foremost at understanding the corpus of Strauss' work and also his significance as an educational thinker.

Published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.


Exhibiting Madness in Museums

Edited by Catharine Coleborne and Dolly MacKinnon

Exhibiting Madness in Museums

Exhibiting Madness in Museums

Faculty of Arts and Social Science’s Associate Professor Catharine Coleborne focuses on how psychiatric history is displayed in museums and how the past of psychiatric treatment is remembered in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK, in her new co-edited book, Exhibiting Madness in Museums: Remembering Psychiatry through Collection and Display. Cathy says this is a new way of studying the history of mental health.

“While much has been written on the history of psychiatry, remarkably little has been written about psychiatric collections or curating,” says Cathy. “This book tells us new things about how patients and consumers of mental health lived in these institutional spaces and how their 'things' had meaning to them.”

This is Associate Professor Coleborne’s third co-edited book and her fifth book in total. It was launched at the Australia and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine Conference in July 2011.


Empire and Environmental Anxiety: Health, Science, Art and Conservation in South Asia and Australasia, 1800-1920

James Beattie

Empire and Environmental Anxiety

Empire and Environmental Anxiety

In his new book, Empire and Environmental Anxiety: Health, Science, Art and Conservation in South Asia and Australasia, 1800-1920, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2011), Senior Lecturer Dr James Beattie provides a radical and fascinating new analysis of imperialism and environmental change.

Empire and Environmental Anxiety promises to reinterpret histories of the British Empire by unearthing early concerns about human-induced climate change, soil erosion, and a looming timber famine. The book also reveals colonial fears about the power of environments – and environmental change – to affect health.

Empire and Environmental Anxiety further argues that conservation represented a form of imperial control designed to generate revenue and to enable the more efficient exploitation of resources. Environmental anxiety, it demonstrates, tied together parts of South Asia and Australasia through exchanges of policies, people, plants and ideas.

Empire and Environmental Anxiety will be launched at the November conference of the New Zealand Historical Association being held here on the Waikato Campus, 16-18 November 2011.


Coping with Work Stress

Edited by Philip J. Dewe , Cary L. Cooper and Michael O'Driscoll

Coping with Work Stress

Coping with Work Stress

The workplace is becoming all encompassing. New technology means we are never far from an email or voice message, do not have to be in a specific place to work and are contactable at all times of the day. The recession also means it is now common for one person to be doing the work of three, increasing the work load and the pressure.

So how do we cope with workplace stress? Coping with Work Stress examines the pressures that employees face in the modern working environment, what factors are involved, and how individual employee and organisations can reduce workplace stress.

“More and more people these days are feeling there is added pressure in their job, which is also putting pressure on their family life,” says Professor Michael O’Driscoll. “Expectations of people have increased as well, which is partly due to technology.”

How people cope with work stress, and whether they can manage their work stress effectively, depends on a number of factors. Coping with Work Stress covers topics as diverse as coping with work overload, uncertainty in one’s work environment, interpersonal conflicts, and conflict between work and family life. In addition to examining how individual workers cope with these issues, it also considers what can be done by organisations to manage work-related stressors.

Finally, the book focuses on how research on this topic needs to develop in order to enhance our understanding of coping with work stress, which is becoming an increasingly important issue. The book is co-authored by Professor Philip J. Dewe from Birkbeck College (University of London) and Professor Cary L. Cooper from Lancaster University.


Snowboarding Bodies in Theory and Practice

Holly Thorpe

Snowboarding Bodies

Snowboarding Bodies in Theory and Practice

Within 30 years snowboarding has gone from a sport that was banned from the slopes due to its “rebellious” image to one of the world’s most popular winter sports.

Snowboarding Bodies in Theory and Practice provides an in-depth analysis of the snowboarding phenomenon. In addition to providing an international perspective of the sport, the book introduces social science students to social theory concepts in an accessible and engaging way.

To collect research data for the book Dr Thorpe travelled around New Zealand and visited Europe, America, Canada and the United Kingdom. She observed people’s interactions on the slopes, in shops, lodges and chair lifts, and conducted interviews with more than sixty snowboarders from around the world, including Olympic judges, professional athletes, photographers, journalists, instructors and novices. She also carried out a media analysis of magazines, videos, and websites and social-media sites.

One goal behind the book was to provide the first in-depth analysis of the global phenomenon of snowboarding that offers fresh insights into the lifestyle, sport, industry, cultural politics, media, gender relations, travel and tourism, and physical experience, in both historical and contemporary contexts. The second goal was to provide an accessible and engaging text for social science and humanities students around the world who are learning about the use of social theory and research methods. Snowboarding Bodies in Theory and Practice is published by Palgrave-MacMillan.


Public Relations in Global Cultural Contexts
Multi-Paradigmatic Perspectives

Edited by Nilanjana Bardhan (Southern Illinois University– Carbondale) and C. Kay Weaver (University of Waikato)

public relations in global cultural context

Public Relations in Global Cultural Contexts

Public relations practice has become increasingly globalised but scholars are still behind in theorising about the intersections of culture, communication and power at this level of practice. This new book emphasises theories and concepts that highlight global interconnectedness through a range of interpretative and critical approaches, which will help us to understand the global significance and impacts of public relations.

The book provides a critical examination of public relations’ contribution to globalisation and international power relations. The chapters explore alternative paradigms, most notably interpretive and critical perspectives informed by qualitative research. The work encourages alternative ‘ways of knowing’ by including multiple paradigmatic approaches for a more complex understanding of the subject matter.

Public relations in Global Cultural Contexts makes a valuable contribution to widening the philosophical scope of PR scholarship. The book will serve as a core text in classes in international public relations, global public relations and advanced strategic public relations. Students and PR practitioners will benefit from reading the different perspectives presented in the text. The book is published by Routledge.


The Handbook of Communication Ethics

Edited by George Cheney, Steve May and Debashish Munshi.

comms ethics

The Handbook of Communication Ethics

The Handbook of Communication Ethics (Routledge, New York and London) is a landmark volume that provides innovative, comprehensive, and provocative perspectives on communication ethics in a variety of contexts ranging from the interpersonal to the global. Edited by George Cheney (University of Texas and University of Waikato), Steve May (University of North Carolina), and Associate Professor Debashish Munshi (University of Waikato), the volume showcases chapters from top international scholars who consolidate knowledge about the multiple relationships between communication and ethics.

Situated in diverse cultural contexts, the book covers a wide range of theoretical perspectives on communication and ethics, including feminist, postmodern and postcolonial; analyses specific areas such as interpersonal and small group communication, journalism, new media, visual communication, public relations, and marketing; and explores contemporary issues such as democracy, religion, secularism, the environment, trade, law, and economics. The chapters also consider the dialectical tensions between theory and practice; academic and popular discourses; universalism and particularism; the global and the local; and rationality and emotion.

A special feature of the book is its focus on not only explicit treatments of ethics but also “implicit” treatments of ethics located in social, political, and cultural issues. It specifically engages with important questions of power, equality, and justice and draws attention to the connections between matters of social justice and ethical theory.

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