New Books: 2012

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.


Migration, Ethnicity, and Mental Health: International Perspectives, 1840-2010

Edited by Angela McCarthy and Catharine Coleborne

Migration, Ethnicity, and Mental Health

Migration, Ethnicity, and Mental Health

Most investigations of foreign-born migrants emphasize the successful adjustment and settlement of newcomers. Yet suicide, heavy drinking, violence, family separations, and domestic disharmony were but a few of the possible struggles experienced by those who relocated abroad in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and were among the chief reasons for committal to an asylum. Significant analysis of this problem, addressing the interconnected issues of migration, ethnicity, and insanity, has to date received little attention from the scholarly community.

This international collection examines the difficulties that migrants faced in adjustment abroad, through a focus on migrants and mobile peoples, issues of ethnicity, and the impact of migration on the mental health of refugees. It further extends the migration paradigm beyond patients to incorporate the international exchange of medical ideas and institutional practices, and the recruitment of a medical workforce. These issues are explored through case studies which utilize different social and cultural historical methods, but with a shared twin purpose: to uncover the related histories of migration, ethnicity, and mental health, and to extend existing scholarly frameworks and findings in this under-developed field of inquiry.

Catharine Coleborne is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Waikato.

Published by Routledge.


Changing Times, Changing Places: From Tokanui Hospital to Mental Health Services in the Waikato, 1910-2012

Edited by Catharine Coleborne and the Waikato Mental Health History Group

Changing Times Changing Places

Changing Times, Changing Places

Changing Times, Changing Places is a collective history of Mental Health Services in the Waikato region from 1910 to 2012, including Tokanui as a hospital, which provides a pictorial and narrative account of the environment, buildings, staff and patient activity, care and treatment, and the socio-political context of the changing times it examines. For those who lived, worked or who were hospitalised at Tokanui Hospital, the place was far more than the sum of its physical spaces. For many, it was home and whanau or family. For others, it was a sad place that took them away from home and family.

This history is a collection of the different stories of the many members of that community, and the new communities which have followed its closure in 1997. In thirteen chapters, it tells these stories through the eyes of several writers, providing competing perspectives, hoping to capture close to the full range of responses to, and experiences of, mental health in the Waikato over time. The result of a major collaborative research project over a long period of time to produce a written historical record of the Waikato Mental Health Services, the book includes images and personal reflections.

The Waikato Mental Health History Group includes Catharine Coleborne, John Graham, Stephanie Lambert and Suzette Poole. The team has pursued this collective history for around six years. Together, they believe that the current goal for the Waikato District Health Board Mental Health and Addictions Service, to earn the reputation as a service people trust with their loved ones’ care, is both important and timely. They hope that the histories contained in this book will provide some further understanding of the complex past of mental health care.

Catharine Coleborne is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Waikato.

Published by Half Court Press Digital Media.


Accounting at Work: In Business, Government and Society

By Stewart Lawrence, Howard Davey and Mary Low

Accounting at Work

Accounting at Work

Life is a mystery to be lived; not a problem to be solved. But the aim of business is problem solving.

Accounting at Work, now in its 5th edition, is written for students beginning a degree programme in business, commerce or management. It introduces students to the way accounting information is used not only to solve problems, but to structure problems so that they can be solved.

Accounting at Work implies an active role for accounting in business, government and society. Its broad coverage of both financial and management accounting, and its coverage of ethics and corporate social responsibility, makes it an ideal introduction for management students who wish to understand how accounting will affect their decision making and how it can be their ally in problem solving.

It covers the use of accounting by business owners, investors, creditors, government officials and other stakeholders to ensure the success of businesses in achieving their objectives. It develops skills in the application of accounting and non-financial information in the setting, and effective achievement, of plans and targets, and ultimately in assuring sustainable businesses.

Professor Stewart Lawrence, Professor Howard Davey and Dr Mary Low work in the Department of Accounting at Waikato University.

Published by Pearson Education.


China's Energy Economy: Situation, Reforms, Behaviour and Energy Intensity

By Hengyun Ma and Les Oxley

China's Energy Economy

China's Energy Economy

In the new millennium, understanding China's energy economy is crucial for politicians, business people and energy economists, as China's energy policy choices will mean both challenges and opportunities for the world in terms of an increasing share of primary energy consumption and investment.

This book initially reviews the literature on China's energy economy and in so doing reveals that many important areas have been overlooked or are outdated in their coverage. Given the size of China and its global importance, the book then reviews China's current energy situation and fills the gaps in the literature for those who are interested in and concerned about China's economic development and energy reform in the new millennium.

The book is different from previous studies in several important ways: Firstly, it presents recent, pioneering research rather than a simple textbook, several sections of which have been published in high-quality energy journals. Secondly, the book first subdivides China's energy intensity change into aspects of budget constraint, technological change, factor substitution, energy demand and economic growth using a newly developed econometric approach. Thirdly, it provides many new and different econometric findings and derives many new policy implications for China's energy economy. And lastly, it brings to light a wealth of new knowledge for those who are interested in China's energy economy, the world energy market and global environmental and climate change issues.

Les Oxley is Professor of Economics at Waikato University.

Published by Springer.


Interculturalism, Education and Dialogue

By Tina Besley and Michael A. Peters (eds)

Interculturalism, Education and Dialogue

Interculturalism, Education and Dialogue

Intercultural dialogue is a concept and discourse that dates back to the 1980s. It is the major means for managing diversity and strengthening democracy within Europe and beyond. It has been adopted by the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe as the basis for interreligious and interfaith initiatives and has become increasingly associated with a liberal theory of modernity and internationalism that presupposes freedom, democracy, human rights and tolerance.

It is now the dominant paradigm for cultural policy and the educational basis for the development of intercultural understanding. Governments have placed their hope in intercultural education as the way to avoid the worst excesses of globalization, especially exclusion and marginalization, and the problems of xenophobia and racism that afflict European societies.

Interculturalism, Education and Dialogue is an international collection by renowned scholars who examine the ideological underpinnings of the European model and its global applications. It explores the historical, philosophical and educational dimensions of intercultural dialogue.

Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at Waikato University.

Published by Peter Lang Publishing.


Obama and The End of the American Dream: Essays in Political and Economic Philosophy

By Michael A. Peters

Obama and the End of the American Dream

Obama and the End of the American Dream: Essays in Political and Economic Philosophy

The American Dream that crystallized around James Truslow Adams' The Epic of America originally formulated in the early 1930s and was conditioned by a decade of complexity and contradiction, of big government projects, intensely fierce nationalism, the definition of the American way, and a distinctive collection of American iconic narratives has had the power and force to successively reshape America for every new generation.

Indeed, Adams' dream of opportunity for each according to ability or achievement shaped against the old class culture of Europe emphasizes a vision of social order in which each person can succeed despite their social origins. Barack Obama, a skillful rhetorician and intelligent politician, talks of restoring the American and has used its narrative resources to define his campaign and his policies.

In a time of international and domestic crisis, of massive sovereign debt, of the failure of neoliberalism, of growing inequalities, the question is whether the American Dream and the vision of an equal education on which it rests can be revitalized.

Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at Waikato University.

Published by Sense Publishers.


Education, Philosophy and Politics: The Selected Works of Michael A. Peters

By Michael A. Peters

Education, philosophy and politics

Media, Masculinities,and the Machine

In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces - extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and/practical contributions - so the world can read them in a single manageable volume.

Michael A. Peters has spent the last 30 years researching, thinking and writing about some of the key and enduring issues in education. He has contributed over 60 books (authored, co-authored and edited) and 500 articles to the field.

In Education, Philosophy and Politics, Michael A. Peters brings together 15 of his key writings in one place, including chapters from his best-selling books and articles from leading journals. Starting with a specially written Introduction, which gives an overview of Michael's career and contextualises his selection, the essays are then arranged thematically to create a pathway of a way of thinking in philosophy of education which is forward looking but takes account of tradition and the past. The subjects of the chapters include;

  • Wittgenstein Studies
  • Philosophical Critique of Modernity
  • French Poststructuralism
  • Jean-Francois Lyotard
  • Foucault & Deleuze
  • Derrida
  • American Pragmatism
  • Rorty
  • Cavell
  • Philosophy and racism

Through this book, readers can follow the themes and strands that Michael A. Peters has written about for over three decades and clearly see his important contribution to the field of education.

Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at Waikato University.

Published by Routledge.


Cognitive Capitalism, Education and Digital Labor

By Peters, Michael A. & Bulut, Ergin (eds.)

Cognitive capitalism

Cognitive Capitalism, Education and Digital Labor

Cognitive capitalism - sometimes referred to as 'third capitalism,' after mercantilism and industrial capitalism - is an increasingly significant theory, given its focus on the socio-economic changes caused by Internet and Web 2.0 technologies that have transformed the mode of production and the nature of labor. The theory of cognitive capitalism has its origins in French and Italian thinkers, particularly Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Michel Foucault's work on the birth of biopower and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's Empire and Multitude, as well as the Italian Autonomist Marxist movement that had its origins in the Italian operaismo (workerism) of the 1960s. In this collection, leading international scholars explore the significance of cognitive capitalism for education, especially focusing on the question of digital labor.

Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at Waikato University.

Published by Peter Lang Publishing.


Piano Forte - Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial New Zealand

By Kirstine Moffat

Piano Forte

Piano Forte
Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial New Zealand

This book is written by Dr Kirstine Moffat from the English Programme of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and is her first book.

In 1827 the newly wed Elizabeth Mair arrived in Paihia, on board the mission schooner Herald. Her treasured Broadwood grand square piano accompanied her, almost certainly the first piano to arrive in New Zealand.

This instrument and the thousands of other pianos that followed provided European settlers with a reassuring sense of ‘home; and at the same time introduced Maori to a new sounds world. For both, it offered opportunities for social and cultural activities, and, as time went by, a possible career.

Piano Forte is composed of many voices, as it draws on memoirs, diaries, letters, concert programmes, company records, fiction and visual images. The stories end in 1930, when the increasing popularity of the phonograph, the radio and the introduction of talkie movies were beginning to have a profound impact on people leisure activities. But by 1930, the piano had thoroughly settled in, no longer a stranger but a loved, essential part of New Zealand society.

Published by Otago University Press.


Media, Masculinities,and the Machine

By Dan Fleming & Damion Sturm

Professor Dan Fleming's book Media, Masculinites and the Machine

Media, Masculinities,and the Machine

This book by Professor Dan Fleming (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), and Dr Damion Sturm (Faculty of Education) identifies a distinctive phenomenon in today's media culture: the contemporary male fantasy of pushing technology to its limits.

The authors offer two in-depth studies: the social imagining of hi-tech in the long-running Transformers franchise and global Formula One motorsport, with links to numerous other areas of contemporary culture. By drawing on non-representational theory and the latest theories of affect while employing the method of autoethnography to explore what boys and men “want,” the book offers a timely contribution to our understanding of contemporary cultural attachments.

Tracing these through TV, cinema, toys, magazines, merchandising, and the culture of the gadget, the authors raise important questions about mediated masculinities today and propose a new theoretical framework for uncovering what is going on. Concerned with the “staging of affect,” the book offers its own staging through its innovative form.

Published by Continuum, New York.


Making the Transformational Moment in Film

By Dan Fleming

Professor Dan Fleming's book Making the Transformational Moment in Film

Making the Transformational Moment in Film

This book by Professor Dan Fleming (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), is an exploration of the transformational process that turns film's raw material into moving experiences. It takes key moments in films as examples of this process and examines how the moment is staged, how visual composition is used, how narrative is structured, how colour, light and music are handled, and how to get inside what it is like to be a fictional character that we care about.

In 240 densely illustrated pages with "widescreen" format, "Making" demonstrates that the best theoretical ideas have the power to revitalize our most practical understandings of what film-making is. With in-depth analysis of films from director Vincent Ward and others (including Werner Herzog and Phillip Noyce), the book explores filmic affect and the puzzle of the creative process. New Zealand born international director Vincent Ward has been described by critic Roger Ebert as "one of film's great image-makers."

The book looks into the deep sources of this ability, and by doing so provides new insights into the nature of creativity in film. Selected by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation for its exhibition of the year’s best photography and moving image books held at London’s Somerset House, 2012. Chinese translation published by PHEI, Beijing, and launched at the 19th Beijing International Book Fair, 2012.

Published by MWP, Los Angeles.


History of the Laws of War - History of the Laws of War Volumes 1-3

By Alexander Gillespie

History of the Laws of War - History of the Laws of War Volumes 1-3

These three volumes trace the origins of the modern laws of warfare from the earliest times to the present day. Relying on written records from as far back as 2400 BCE, and using sources ranging from the Bible to Security Council Resolutions, Al Gillespie pieces together the history of a subject which is almost as old as civilisation itself.

The author shows that as long as humanity has been waging wars it has also been trying to find ways of legitimising different forms of combatants and ascribing rules to them, protecting civilians who are either inadvertently or intentionally caught up between them, and controlling the use of particular classes of weapons that may be used in times of conflict. The work is divided into three substantial parts: Volume 1 on the laws affecting combatants and captives; Volume 2 on civilians; and Volume 3 on the law of arms control.

“We all have opinions about war, but it’s not always natural to think of the laws that surround it, and yet the law impacts on military operations at all levels. It should be an essential area of study."

Pro Vice-Chancellor research and Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, Professor Alexander Gillespie has provided extensive advice to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Conservation. He has also provided commissioned work for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and commercial and non-governmental organisations in New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Published by Hart Publishing.


Conservation, Biodiversity and International Law

By Alexander Gillespie

Conservation, Biodiversity and International Law

This book provides a rigorous overview of the defining issues presently facing conservation at international level. The author provides detailed coverage of topics ranging from the classification of species right through to access and benefit sharing, drawing on his personal experience at intergovernmental level.

Each question is examined through the prism of dozens of treaties and hundreds of decisions and resolutions of the key multilateral regimes, and the law in each area is supplemented by the necessary considerations of science politics and philosophy - providing much-needed context for the reader. Combining expert scholarship and first-hand insight, Conservation, Biodiversity and International Law is a resource for researchers and practitioners in international environmental law, as well as providing an accessible guide for students.

Al Gillespie describes the work as a “nuts and bolts” book about understanding treaties conventions and resolutions – what to look for and how to apply the law in different environmental situations. “I’ve tried to make a hugely complex process understandable, explaining the whole process for creating international environmental laws. And I’ve also identified where policy and legal actions can be improved.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor research and Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, Professor Alexander Gillespie has provided extensive advice to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Conservation. He has also provided commissioned work for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and commercial and non-governmental organisations in New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Published by Edward Elgar.


Letters of Frank Sargeson

Selected and edited by Sarah Shieff

Letters to Frank Sargeson

Letters to Frank Sargeson

Frank Sargeson (1903-1982) is one of New Zealand's best-loved and most significant authors, widely regarded as the father of modern New Zealand fiction. Although best known for his short stories, Sargeson was also a playwright and an acclaimed novelist, and his three-volume memoir is a classic of New Zealand literary non-fiction. Beyond that, however, Sargeson was a dedicated champion and mentor of other New Zealand writers - most notably of Maurice Duggan, Janet Frame, AP Gaskell, Kevin Ireland and CK Stead - and a careful and copious correspondent.

His letters document life at the epicentre of New Zealand literary culture, and also record the international literary associations which were instrumental in taking New Zealand writing to the world stage. Letters of Frank Sargeson (Auckland: Vintage, 2012) presents 500 of the surviving 6000 letters, carefully contextualised and annotated.

The earliest is a postcard from Paris written in 1927; the last is a letter to his dear friend Janet Frame, written shortly before his death. This scholarly edition also explains the selection process and sources, and gives biographical notes on Sargeson’s key correspondents, examples of his typescript and manuscript, and a full bibliography.

Dr Sarah Shieff is a senior lecturer in English in the School of Arts at the University of Waikato.


Walks to Waterfalls - 100 New Zealand Waterfalls

By Russell Kirkpatrick

Walks to Waterfalls

Walks to Waterfalls
100 New Zealand Waterfalls

You can find waterfalls almost everywhere in New Zealand, ranging from the smallest mountain freshet to stunning multiple cascades 500 metres or more in height. They are the perfect destination for those wanting to experience nature, whether it be a few minutes' strolling or a half-day tramp.

If you are going to take any book with you when you travel around New Zealand, take this one! It highlights a hundred of the best and most accessible waterfalls in New Zealand and includes those close to urban areas, those high in the mountains and deep in the forests. Each walk is accompanied by photographs, maps and information and all material has been compiled by Dr Russell Kirkpatrick, one of New Zealand's foremost cartographers.

It includes walks for all ages, states of fitness and each waterfall is rated, the access is described in detail, and the routes are graded according to ease of use. Walks to Waterfalls is ideal to take on journeys and to use when planning holidays, but just as lovely to just sit and browse.

Dr Russell Kirkpatrick, a part time lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, fell in love with waterfalls as a teenager, and remembers running the track to Devil's Punchbowl Falls in Arthur's Pass, still one of his favourite New Zealand waterfalls. After completing a Ph.D. in Geography he worked as Deputy Editor of the New Zealand Historical Atlas, then authored Contemporary Atlas New Zealand and a number of other atlas projects.

Published by David Bateman Ltd.

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