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Puppy-dogs’ tails, Anne Else

He’ll Be OK: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men Celia Lashlie HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 156950528X Like cooped-up teenage boys, three stories jostle and elbow each other inside this book. Though the biggest wins, it gets badly knocked about in the…
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Southern woman, Anne Else

Sites of Gender: Women, men and modernity in Southern Dunedin, 1890-1939 ed Barbara Brookes, Annabel Cooper, and Robin Law Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 1869403010 More than half the women of south Dunedin – over twice the proportion for New…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review

Margaret Atwood in New Zealand, Anne Else

Beginnings and Endings   Mostly I want to read what writers write, not look at r listen to them. But in the mid-1980s, I went to hear Margaret Atwood. Murder in the Dark had recently appeared, and she read “Happy…
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Art of the state, Jane Kelsey

Redesigning the Welfare State in New Zealand: Problems, Policies, Prospects eds Jonathan Boston, Paul Dalziel, Susan St John Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 019 558 3736 6 A Super Future?: The Price of Growing Older in New Zealand Anne Else…
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Posted in Economics, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Balancing the debate, Christine Woods

False Economy: New Zealanders face the conflict between paid and unpaid work Anne Else Tandem Press, $29.95 ISBN 0908884 826 It is often said that the purpose of life is not simply to survive, but to thrive. Exponents of the…
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Posted in Economics, Non-fiction, Review

One of Us, Anne Else

Whatever political correctness (PC) is, it has become prominent in the media. A search of 33 United States metropolitan papers showed a sudden leap in references to it, from 638 in 1990 to 3877 in 1991. No one has tracked…
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Still on the margins, Anne Else

Suffrage and Beyond ‑ International Feminist Perspectives Caroline Daley and Melanie Nolan (eds) Auckland University Press, $39.95 The movement for women’s suffrage can be said to have begun at the World Anti‑Slavery Convention held in London in 1840, where American…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Reinterpreting the old tales, Anne Else

Sasscat to Win Paula Boock, McIndoe Publishers, $16.95 Adoption in some form has long been a staple of story-telling for the young – especially where it concerns a goosegirl or a ploughboy who are brought up by peasants, but turn…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Young adults

‘Womanly skills and small-scale economies’ – old assumptions and fresh perspectives, Margot Roth

Margot Roth reviews a major suffrage year publication, and briefly comments on the difficulties of book reviewing in New Zealand.   Women Together: A History of Women’s Organisations in New Zealand ‑ Nga Ropu Wahine o te Motu Anne Else…
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Valuable studies of medicine and health, Bronwyn Dalley

A Healthy Country: Essays on the Social History of Medicine in New Zealand Linda Bryder (ed), Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $29.95 A Question of Adoption Anne Else, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $29.95 Selfish Generations? The Ageing of New…
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