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Ganging up, Alison Gray

Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand Jarrod Gilbert Auckland University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781869407292 This is a very satisfying book, which is not always the case when a PhD turns into a paperback. It is well-organised, well-written and…
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Down the side roads of history, Alison Gray

Road Markings  Michael Jackson Rosa Mira Books, $US11.00 (digital), ISBN 9780986469435   One of Buddha’s most satisfying teachings is the simplicity of mindfulness. “When walking, walk; when standing, stand; when sitting, sit; when lying down, lie down.” And, if he…
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Ongoing negotiations, Alison Gray

Honouring the Contract John E Martin Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864736345   In his new book, John Martin takes a step back in his exploration of the genesis and nature of the role of government in New Zealand labour…
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Unpretty lives, Alison Gray

Trust: A True Story of Women and Gangs Pip Desmond Random House, $39.99, ISBN 9781869792435 This is a brave book in a number of ways. The women who have contributed are brave. Their stories are not pretty; their present lives…
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Designing the welfare quilt, Alison Gray

The Fabric of Welfare: Voluntary Organisations, Government and Welfare in New Zealand, 1840-2005 Margaret Tennant    Bridget Williams Books, $49.99,  ISBN 9781877242373 Margaret Tennant has added another patch to the ever-expanding quilt of publications documenting the social history of New Zealand.…
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Fertile ground, Alison Gray

The New Zealand Family From 1840: A Demographic History Ian Pool, Arunachalam Dharmalingam and Janet Sceats (eds) Auckland University Press, $50.00,  ISBN 9781869403577 A demographic history of the New Zealand family? Well, that’ll be a short, sad story. Everyone knows…
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Always with us, Alison Gray

Society and Politics: New Zealand Social Policy Grant Duncan Pearson Sprint Print Prentice Hall, $29.95, ISBN 1877258962 Past Judgement: Social Policy in New Zealand History ed Bronwyn Dalley and Margaret Tennant University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 187727657X Greed, blame,…
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KM’d & KO’d, Alison Gray

Recollecting Mansfield Margaret Scott Godwit, $29.95, ISBN 1869620763 It is hard to know whether Katherine Mansfield would have been delighted, amazed or appalled at the industry that has evolved since her death, at the academic careers she has sustained, at…
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Dancing in time, Alison Gray

The Gendered Kiwi  ed Caroline Daley and Deborah Montgomerie Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 219 7 Girls and Women, Men and Boys: Gender in Taradale 1886-1930 Caroline Daley Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 211 1 “Will…
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Plus ça change … Alison Gray

Family Matters: Child Welfare in Twentieth-Century New Zealand Bronwyn Dalley Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 190 5 Not long after this is published, the Department of Social Welfare will be restructured. Again. What was CYPS and then CYPFA…
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