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The hollow society and its fillers, Ruth Butterworth

The Nationbuilders Brian Easton Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 186940260X Economic history is not much taught, written or researched in New Zealand. It seems to be the poor relation in university economics departments, losing out to the pedlars of doctrine…
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Roads to nowhere? Ruth Butterworth

Building the Constitution ed Colin James Institute of Policy Studies, $45, ISBN 090893548X Some time in 1997, with the prolonged aftermath of the first MMP election still agitating the establishment and mightily diverting the rest of us, the idea gained…
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Identity crises, Ruth Butterworth

Cherries on a Plate ed Marilyn Duckworth Random House, $25.95 ISBN 1 86941 287 7 Six Clever Girls Who Became Famous Women Fiona Farrell Penguin Books, $24.95 ISBN 0 140 25356 4 England has social class; India and America have…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Short stories

The power of words and rituals, Ruth Butterworth

The Source of the Song. New Zealand Writers on Catholicism Mark Williams (ed) Auckland University Press, $24.95 ISBN 086473 2872 Catholicism as a “cultural force”? Andrew Johnston very properly has trouble with the whole notion of a separable entity. Anne…
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Barbarians at the gate? Penny Fenwick

A Shakeup Anyway ‑  Government and the Universities in New Zealand in a Decade of Reform Ruth Butterworth and Nicholas Tarling Auckland University Press, $34.95 Universities are amongst the most enduring of all social institutions ‑ a state of affairs…
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Volume marred by lack of critical analysis, Ruth Butterworth

Claiming the Law: Essays by New Zealand Women in Celebration of the 1993 Suffrage Centennial Elisabeth McDonald and Graeme Austin (eds), Victoria University Press, $29.95 I was brought up in a matriarchy, educated at a girls’ school by confident women…
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