New Books: 2013

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.


Of other Thoughts

Of Other Thoughts: Non-Traditional Ways to the Doctorate - A Guidebook for Candidates and Supervisors.

Of Other Thoughts: Non-Traditional Ways to the Doctorate

A Guidebook for Candidates and Supervisors

Edited by A.-Chr. Engels-Schwarzpaul and Michael A. Peters

Candidates in non-traditional disciplines have always come from diverse backgrounds. In education and health, for instance, the “typical first class honours graduate” entering doctoral studies arguably never was the norm. Often, these non-traditional candidates have research interests that do not fit easily into the traditional organisation of universities. Their concerns, or those of their supervisors, are not usually discussed at length in the doctoral guide books. They have to ‘translate’ the available literature for their particular needs and purposes. This book examines the non traditional PhD candidate. It opens with a series of short reflective pieces by PhD candidates: Indigenous scholars, creative practice-led researchers, educationalists, designers and an architect give insights into the challenges of their PhD journeys and write about their moments of wonder. The authors of the main chapters scrutinise and contextualise Indigenous, postcolonial, sexual and ethnic minority, international (second-language), educational and counselling, and creative practice- or design-led research PhDs – taking a stance and proposing their version of non-traditional PhD candidatures. The authors’ ontological and epistemological outlook and their experiences in academic research in newly emerging disciplines inform their analysis and advice to PhD candidates and their supervisors. Between them, they cover first-nation epistemes and protocols; creative practice-led research in art, design, architecture, performance and writing; transdisciplinarity and/or collaboration in the creative field and other disciplines that continually re-invent themselves, such as education or public and cultural policies. The range of contributors is considerable, even though it could have been even more plural, and the differences between their positions and perspectives are sometimes significant. What they share, however, is their viewpoint (which often translates into a distinct view of the world) from outside the mainstream and a sometimes acute sense of marginality. They also share a keen interest in ways of being, seeing, moving, reflecting, thinking and advancing that are not currently common in mainstream research. So they have in common an attentiveness to alternative ontologies and epistemologies and a commitment to different aesthetics and ethics.

Published by Sense Publishers 2013


Education Science Knowledge

Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism - Creativity and the promise of Openness.

Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism - Creativity and the promise of Openness

Michael A. Peters

We live in the age of global science - but not, primarily, in the sense of 'universal knowledge' that has characterized the liberal metanarrative of 'free' science and the 'free society' since its early development in the Enlightenment. Today, an economic logic links science to national economic policy, while globalized multinational science dominates an environment where quality assurance replaces truth as the new regulative ideal. This book examines the nature of educational and science-based capitalism in its cybernetic, knowledge, algorithmic and bioinformational forms before turning to the emergence of the global science system and the promise of openness in the growth of international research collaboration, the development of the global knowledge commons and the rise of the open science economy. Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism explores the nature of cognitive capitalism, the emerging mode of social production for public education and science and its promise for the democratization of knowledge.

Published 2013.


Lan Yuan

Lan Yuan - A garden of distant longing.

Lan Yuan 蘭園: A Garden of Distant Longing

Authors: James Beattie and Duncan Hamilton, Poetry: Sue Wootton, Photography: Wynston Cooper.

This book tells the story of the world’s southern-most Chinese garden, a garden that was conceptualised in New Zealand, designed and built in Shanghai, before being shipped 13,000 kilometres to Dunedin. Lan Yuan thus connects two different histories, traditions and peoples.

In following the garden-building principles of seventeenth-century China and in acknowledging the history of Otago, this beautiful garden both evokes the memory of the Chinese gold miners who reached New Zealand in the 1860s and confidently looks forward to the strengthening of the New Zealand-China relationship.

This lavishly produced book - with over 100 colour images - invites readers to linger in the world of Lan Yuan, and to inscribe the garden with new meaning.

Published by Shanghai Museum and The Dunedin Chinese Garden Trust.


Te Matapunenga

Te Matapunenga - A compendium of references of the concepts and institutions of Māori customary law.

Te Matapunenga - A Compendium of References of the Concepts and Institutions of Maori Customary Law

Compiled, edited and introduced by Richard Benton, Alex Frame and Paul Meredith.

This book is a new and extensive compendium that gives insight into Māori customary law.

Te Matapunenga: A Compendium of References of the Concepts and Institutions of Māori Customary Law is more than a dictionary; it sets out the terms and concepts of Māori customary law as they are recorded in traditional Māori accounts and historical records, along with modern interpretations of the terms and concepts and how these customary concepts have been recognised or modified since 1840 by the New Zealand legal system.

Each entry in Te Matapunenga is in three parts: Title, Entries, Context, with examples on how a custom is applied and interpreted through situation and time. There are also maps and images that break up the text.

Te Matapunenga makes Māori language and concepts accessible to scholars, officials and the general public. It provides an authoritative point of reference for those wishing to engage in the ongoing public discourse on the future shape of New Zealand’s legal system.

The project was publicly funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.

Te Matapunenga: A Compendium of References of the Concepts and Institutions of Māori Customary Law is published by Victoria University Press.

Published by Victoria University Press, September 2013


The Creative University

The Creative University.

The Creative University

Michael A. Peters and Tina (A.C.) Besley (Eds.).

Education and research have been transformed in the development of knowledge economies. The knowledge, learning and creative economies manifest the changing significance of intellectual capital and the thickening connections between on one hand economic growth, on the other hand knowledge, creativity (especially imagined new knowledge, discovery), the communication of knowledge, and the formation and spreading of creative skills in education. Increasingly economic and social activity is comprised by the ‘symbolic’ or ‘weightless’ economy with its iconic, immaterial and digital goods. 

The economic aspect of creativity refers to the production of new ideas, aesthetic forms, scholarship, original works of art and cultural products, as well as scientific inventions and technological innovations. It embraces open source communication as well as commercial intellectual property. All of this positions education at the centre of the economy/ creativity nexus. But are education systems, institutions, assumptions and habits positioned and able so as to seize the opportunities and meet the challenges?

The chapters that form this edited book are a selection of papers given at an international conference held called The Creative University held at the University of Waikato on 15-17 August 2102. This conference investigated all the aspects of education in (and as) the creative economy. The conference objective was to extend

the dialogue about the relationship between contemporary higher education and the changing face of contemporary economies. A number of terms describe the nature of the contemporary capitalism of advanced economies: ‘cognitive capitalism’, ‘metaphysical capitalism’, ‘intellectual capitalism’, ‘designer capitalism’. The conference explored the relationship between the arts and sciences and this new form of capitalism. It looked at the global reach and international imperatives of aesthetic and scientific modes of production, the conditions and character of acts of the imagination in the range of fields of knowledge and arts in this period, and the role of the research university in the formation of the creative knowledge that has a decisive function in contemporary advanced economies.

Published by Sense Publishers 2013


Tourism and Souvenirs

Tourism and Souvenirs - Glocal Perspectives from the Margins

Tourism and Souvenirs - Glocal Perspectives from the Margins

Edited by Jenny Cave, Lee Jolliffe and Tom Baum

Souvenirs mark the identity of travellers and are ubiquitous ways that people share their experiences of travel with others, whether they are purchased at home to take to travel destinations or are purchased away from home. Lead editor Jenny Cave’s background in heritage, museums and operational realities of the cultural industries has meant that she’s developed an interest in material culture, which she shares with her co-editors Lee Jolliffe and Tom Baum. She is also a weaver and comes from a family of artist/producers so that this interest in material heritage crystallises around the challenges earning an income based in cultural and local natural resources.

Lee Jolliffe and Tom Baum have worked with the developmental aspirations of many cultural communities around the world so have experienced first-hand the complex phenomenon of souveniring production, marketing, distribution and purchase processes. The unique glocal focus of the volume is a logical extension of our collective experience and profoundly different significations that are born of local and global place and identity, yet there are also commonalties when you compare locations and cultures. Tom’s participation in the project was pivotal to extending the reach of the research into the hospitality arena and in framing the concepts in the initial chapter.  

Jenny Cave felt it was important to raise the unconsciously expressed mutual influences that tourist purchasers and producers have on each other and to push the boundaries of understanding of the tourism as a sustainable industry, exploring this issue through the lens of souvenirs, providing a new foundation for future research.


Creative Perfektion

Creative Perfektion - The Why and How of Creative Thinking

Creative Perfektion - The Why and How of Creative Thinking

Mark Kilgour and Ernest Cyril De Run

Every text on creativity has its strengths and weaknesses. The practical texts provide concepts and a variety of techniques that are easy to understand and apply, but they do not tell us why these concepts and techniques actually work. Academic articles provide us with information on why concepts and technqiues work, but are often wirtten in terms that connot be understood with a PhD in a relevant field.

This text bridges the gap between these two groups. By providing, in simple terms, both the creative concepts and techniques, and their grounding in theory, this text illustrates why these concepts work and how they can be applied in different situations.

This develops your creative thinking expertise and provides an understanding of why creative techniques work so that you can apply your new expertise in dfferent situations and contexts. The skills, once learnt, allow you to unlock your true creative potential.

Published by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 2013


The Great Adventure Ends

The Great Adventure Ends - New Zealand and France on the Western Front

The Great Adventure Ends - New Zealand and France on the Western Front

Edited by Nathalie Philippe with Christopher Pugsley, John Crawford and Matthias Strohn

World War I ended for the New Zealand Division some kilometres east of the old walled fortress town of Le Quesnoy in Northern France on 11 November 1918. The war had a cataclysmic impact on New Zealand which echoes to this day. It had an even greater impact on France, especially Northern France which endured much of its countryside and towns being occupied by the German Imperial Armies, then devastated in the battles to force their withdrawal.

Written by a diverse group of French, English, German and New Zealand writers and researchers, this book examines the differing perceptions of the wartime experience climaxing with the battle at Le Quesnoy and the scaling of the town walls by the soldiers of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade on 4 November 1918.

Published by John Douglas Publishing Limited, 2013


Accident Compensation Law

Accident Compensation Law.

Accident Compensation Law

Authored by Doug Tennent

Since 1972 accident compensation has been a fabric of New Zealand life. This text outlines the operation of the accident compensation scheme, identify the difficulties and issues which arise for people when requiring ACC assistance and advise on how to best address these difficulties.

The book has a practical focus that allows practitioners to use it as a quick reference tool when faced with a client with an ACC issue. However, it also includes a description of policy aspects of the scheme in order to contextualise the practical and to help keep the book relevant, even if some of the legislative detail changes over time.

Published by LexisNexis, 2013


Connecting Curriculum, Linking Learning

Authored by Deborah Fraser, Viv Aitken and Barbara Whyte

Connecting Curriculum, Linking Learning

Connecting Curriculum, Linking Learning.

Teachers and principals know that students learn best when involved, challenged and inspired. An integrated curriculum offers teachers the tools to engage, extend and enthuse students. Connecting Curriculum, Linking Learning bridges the gap in the literature on curriculum integration. Based on current New Zealand classroom research, this book provides vivid portraits of teachers’ practice, and reveals the strengths and challenges of an integrated approach. Some of the chapters focus on drama as inquiry and all include a range of other curriculum areas, reflecting the ethos of the New Zealand curriculum.

This book provides a timely antidote to National Standards and an assessment-driven curriculum. It is the first book on curriculum integration to be published in NZ and it relates to the current NZ curriculum with its emphasis on connection between learning areas, co-constructing learning with students and students as active seekers and creators of knowledge. Moreover, it places the arts (mainly drama but some visual art) at the centre rather than relegated to the periphery.

This book is available from: http://www.nzcer.org.nz/nzcerpress/hot-off-the-press.

Published by NZCER Press, 2013


A Companion to Research in Education

Edited by Alan D. Reid, Paul E. Hart, Michael A. Peters

A Companion to Research in Education

A Companion to Research in Education.

This volume offers a unique commentary on the diverse ways that educational inquiry is conceived, designed and critiqued. An international team of scholars examines cross-cutting themes of how research in education is conceptualised, characterised, contextualised, legitimated and represented. Contributions include specially commissioned essays, critical commentaries, vignettes, dialogues and cases. Each section discusses the significance of a complex terrain of ideas and critiques that can inform thinking and practice in educational research. The result is a thorough and accessible volume that offers fresh insights into the perspectives and challenges that shape diverse genres of research in education.


  • An invaluable guide for advanced students and specialists in educational research.
  • Addresses key debates in the areas of conceptualizing, contextualizing, representing and legitimating educational research.
  • Looks at these key issues in relation to contemporary trends in educational research.
  • Exciting new and needed approach in educational research.
  • Breaks from the standard paradigms and methods ‘coverage.’

Published by Springer, 2013


Public Relations and Nation Building: Influencing Israel

Authored by Margalit Toledano and David McKie

Public Relations and Nation Building: Influencing Israel

Public Relations and Nation Building: Influencing Israel.

All public relations emerges from particular environments, but the specific conditions of Israel offer an exceptional study of the accelerators and inhibitors of professional development in the history of a nation.

Documenting and analyzing the contribution of one profession to building one specific nation, this book tells the previously-untold story of Israeli public relations practitioners. It illustrates their often-unseen, often-unacknowledged and often-strategic shaping of the events, narratives and symbols of Israel over time and their promotion of Israel to the world. It links the profession’s genesis – including the role of the Diaspora and early Zionist activists – to today’s private and public sector professionals by identifying their roots in Israel’s cultural, economic, media, political, and social systems. It reveals how professional communicators and leaders nurtured and valued collectivism, high consensus, solidarity, and unity over democracy and free speech. It investigates such key underpinning concepts as Hasbara and criticizes non-democratic and sometimes unethical propaganda practices. It highlights unprecedented fundraising and lobbying campaigns that forged Israeli identity internally and internationally.

In situating Israeli ideas on democracy in the context of contemporary public relations theory, Public Relations and Nation Building seeks to point ways forward for that theory, for Israel and for the public relations of many other nations.

Published by Routledge, 2013


Subjects in Process: Diversity, Mobility, and the Politics of Subjectivity in the 21st Century

Edited by Michael A Peters and Alicia Gaspar De Alba

Subjects in Process

Subjects in Process: Diversity, Mobility, and the Politics of Subjectivity in the 21st Century.

Subjects in Process investigates the human subject in the first decade of the twenty-first century in relation to changing social circumstances and belongings. The concept of “subjectivity” in the Western tradition has focused on the figure of the individual, knowing and acting human subject often thought to be autonomous, self-conscious, and rooted. This book calls into question the traditional view of the subject, and offers a new framework that emphasizes the subject in process. Written from a perspective that takes account of globalization – and the pressures that it places upon individuals and communities – this book draws upon Nietzsche and the post-modern thinkers that follow him, and develops a conception of the subject that is nomadic, fluid, and migratory, rather than grounded and complete. Arguing that a modern conception of the subject must be one based on cultural exchanges and transformations, this book is sure to provide new insights, suggestions, and developments for anyone concerned with or interested in the identity of the individual now and in the future.

Published by Boulder and Oxford, Paradigm Publishers, 2013.


The Pedagogy of the Open Society: Knowledge and the Governance of Higher Education

Authored by Michael A. Peters, Tze-Chang Liu and David Ondercin

The Pedagogy of the Open Society

The Pedagogy of the Open Society: Knowledge and the Governance of Higher Education

Social processes and policies that foster openness as an overriding value as evidenced in the growth of open source, open access and open education and their convergences that characterize global knowledge communities that transcend borders of the nation-state. 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. Openness is a value and philosophy that also offers us a means for transforming our institutions and our practices. This book examines the interface between learning, pedagogy and economy in terms of the potential of open institutions to transform and revitalize education in the name of the public good.

Published by Rotterdam, Sense Publications, 2012.


Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism: Creativity and the Promise of Openness (Global Studies in Education)

Authored by Michael A. Peters

Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism

Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism

We live in the age of global science but not, primarily, in the sense of 'universal knowledge' that has characterized the liberal metanarrative of 'free' science and the 'free society' since its early development in the Enlightenment. Today, an economic logic links science to national economic policy, while globalized multinational science dominates an environment where quality assurance replaces truth as the new regulative ideal. This book examines the nature of educational and science-based capitalism in its cybernetic, knowledge, algorithmic and bioinformational forms before turning to the emergence of the global science system and the promise of openness in the growth of international research collaboration, the development of the global knowledge commons and the rise of the open science economy. Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism explores the nature of cognitive capitalism, the emerging mode of social production for public education and science and its promise for the democratization of knowledge.

Published by New York, Peters Lang, 2013.


Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Geography and Growth

Edited by Philip McCann and Les Oxley

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Geography and Growth

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Geography and Growth

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Geography and Growth provides a timely, comprehensive and accessible review of our understanding of the complex links between innovation, entrepreneurship, geography and growth, and discusses the most profitable ways forward for enhancing our understanding of arising issues.

Contributions from leading experts in the field take a variety of theoretical, empirical and institutional angles that provide a roadmap of the developments in research at the interface of these themes.

Published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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