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Energy, Governance and Security in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma): A Critical Approach to Environmental Politics in the South

Adam Simpson book coverAdam Simpson
NIAS Press, 2017
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Across the world states are seeking out new and secure supplies of energy but this search is manifesting itself most visibly in Asia where rapid industrialisation in states such as China and India is fomenting a frantic scramble for energy resources. Due to entrenched societal inequities and widespread authoritarian governance, however, the pursuit of national energy security through transnational energy projects has resulted in devastating impacts on the human and environmental security of local populations. These effects are particularly evident in both Thailand and Myanmar (Burma), which are increasingly engaged in the cross-border energy trade.

Based on extensive fieldwork and theoretical analysis this ground-breaking book proposes a new critical approach to energy and environmental security and explores the important role that both local and transnational environmental movements are playing, in the absence of effective and democratic governments, in providing ’activist environmental governance’ for energy projects throughout the region.

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary MyanmarEdited by Adam Simpson, Nicholas Farrelly, Ian Holliday
Routledge, 2016
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Few countries in the world have experienced the extraordinary path taken by Myanmar (Burma) over the past few years. After five decades of military rule, national elections in 2010 reinstated legislative influence and ushered in an era of political and economic reforms that are having far reaching impacts. The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar provides a comprehensive and up-to-date resource on the political, economic and social issues to confront Myanmar.

The Handbook discusses the distinctive ethnic composition that has generated civil conflict since independence from Britain in 1948, and how even today there is an ongoing civil war in the far north.

Written by an international team of scholars, with a mix of world-leading established scholars and up-and-coming researchers, the Handbook is an invaluable reference book that will provide a foundation for further research and offer the first port of call for scholars, students and policy makers alike.


Eating Together: Food, Space, and Identity in Malaysia and Singapore

Jean Duruz book coverJean Duruz and Gaik Cheng Khoo
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
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Accepting the challenge of rethinking connections of food, space and identity within everyday spaces of “public” eating in Malaysia and Singapore, the authors enter street stalls, hawker centers, markets, cafes, restaurants, “food streets,” and “ethnic” neighborhoods to offer a broader picture of the meaning of eating in public places.

The book creates a strong sense of the ways different people live, eat, work, and relax together, and traces negotiations and accommodations in these dynamics. The motif of rojak (Malay, meaning “mixture”), together with Ien Ang’s evocative “together-in-difference,” enables the analysis to move beyond the immediacy of street eating with its moments of exchange and remembering.

Ultimately, the book traces the political tensions of “different” people living together, and the search for home and identity in a world on the move. Each of the chapters designates a different space for exploring these cultures of “mixedness” and their contradictions—whether these involve “old” and “new” forms of sociality, struggles over meanings of place, or frissons of pleasure and risk in eating “differently.” Simply put, Eating Together is about understanding complex forms of multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore through the mind, tongue, nose, and eyes.

Reimagining Masculinity: Beyond Masculinist Epistemology

Cassandra Loeser book coverEdited by Cassandra Loeser and Frank G. Karioris 
Interdisciplinary Press, 2015
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How are men's sexualities played out in film, art, and comics? How do men work with femininities and women with masculinities? In what way does migration and religion interact in the cultivation of diasporic Muslim masculinities and alter social, cultural and familial relations? What is the relation between masculinities and disability?

The ten chapters in the volume discuss the reconstruction of masculinities in and across particular times and cultural and geographic contexts. Each chapter sheds new light on the differences and complexities that constitute the making of masculinities in friendship and intimate relationships, religion, domestic violence, media, literature, and the arts. In highlighting the specificities of masculinities as they intersect with other coordinates of identity, the chapters collectively demonstrate how universalist models cannot accommodate for the diversities of gendered modes of being and becoming. The approach is interdisciplinary and international, and the authors draw on multiple research methodologies.

Identity, Neoliberalism and Aspiration: Educating white working class boys

Stahl, Garth book coverGarth Stahl
Routledge, 2015
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This book seeks to expand our understanding of white working-class disengagement with education, through presenting the findings from an in-depth sociological study exploring the subjectivities of white working-class boys within the neoliberal ideology of the school environment. The chapters discuss how white working-class boys in three educational sites embody social and learner identities, focusing on the practices of 'meaning-making' and 'identity work' that the boys’ experienced, and the disjunctures and commonalities between them.

Considering the white working-class underperformance phenomenon to be highly contextual and symptomatic of larger issues in the UK education system, the central questions are:

• What shapes the aspirations of these young men?
• How do these young men comprehend their own disadvantage?
• How do these boys make sense of expectations surrounding social mobility?
• What factors contribute to them ‘buying into’ education or ‘buying out’ of education?
• How does the system set them up to fail?

Drawing on Bourdieu’s theoretical tools and a model of an egalitarian counterhabitus, Identity, Neoliberalism and Aspiration: Educating white working-class boys will be of interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the field of sociology of education, and those from related disciplines studying class and gender. 

First Nations peoples, colonialism and international law: raw law

First Nations peoples, colonialism and international law

Irene Watson
Routledge, 2015
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This work is the first to assess the legality and impact of colonisation from the viewpoint of Aboriginal law, rather than from that of the dominant western legal tradition. It begins by outlining the Aboriginal legal system as it is embedded in Aboriginal people’s complex relationship with their ancestral lands. This is Raw Law: a natural system of obligations and benefits, flowing from an Aboriginal ontology. This book places Raw Law at the centre of an analysis of colonisation – thereby decentring the usual analytical tendency to privilege the dominant structures and concepts of western law. From the perspective of Aboriginal law, colonisation was a violation of the code of political and social conduct embodied in Raw Law. Its effects were damaging. It forced Aboriginal peoples to violate their own principles of natural responsibility to self, community, country and future existence. But this book is not simply a work of mourning. Most profoundly, it is a celebration of the resilience of Aboriginal ways, and a call for these to be recognised as central in discussions of colonial and postcolonial legality.

Written by an experienced legal practitioner, scholar and political activist, First Nations peoples, colonialism and international law: raw law will be of interest to students and researchers of Indigenous peoples' rights, international law and critical legal theory.


Workforce development: perspectives and issues

Edited by Roger Harris and Tom Short
Springer, 2014
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This book captures the essence of current workforce development perspectives and draws on extensive global research to uncover a range of issues confronting organisations. Taking primarily an Australian outlook after the global financial crisis and tracing the progress of a national industry sector, each chapter delves into a major area of interest for leaders. Overall, the authors make the case that workforce development is an amalgam of activities influenced by context, politics and economic development.

As the world becomes increasingly connected and mobile, workforce development is proving to be a major activity for organisations because it impacts their longer-term survival and growth. To stay ahead, successful organisations focus on attracting, building, engaging and retaining talented people. However, in a financially turbulent era where strategy changes quickly, workforce development must not only plan and build the capabilities of people at work, but also contribute to making employment more socially sustainable for a better world.

This book provides a thought-provoking collection of scholarly work for business leaders, human resource practitioners and academics working in adult education, business, psychology and social science disciplines. At the same time, it adopts an accessible style for students and others who want to know more about the development of people at work.

Workforce development: strategies and practices

Edited by Roger Harris and Tom Short
Springer, 2014
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This book is the second in a series of two volumes that reviews a broad range of workforce development strategies and practices in a period following the global financial crisis, when organisational stability and survival were foremost in leaders’ minds. Drawing from a wide range of major research projects conducted in Australia and supplemented by contributions from international authors, this second book is a compilation of contemporary themes and applications that were developed from individual research projects. During the global financial crisis, the Australian economy out-performed many other developed countries, but was nonetheless not immune to international pressures such as global competition, market fluctuations and an increasingly mobile workforce. These issues are reflected in many of the chapters and the combined work will inform readers about the major workforce development challenges facing public and private sector organisations. The book blends relevant literature with rich empirical evidence gathered from large and small organisations alike, and includes application tools developed by researchers who are experts in their field. This book will be of great interest to a broad audience of academics, industry leaders, human resource practitioners, and students in the fields of adult education, business, psychology and the social sciences. Moreover, it offers a valuable resource for education and training professionals, management consultants, and more generally, all those who are following the evolution of work and its impact on contemporary society.

Contemporary social theory: an introduction

 Elliott, Contemporary social theory, 2014Anthony Elliott
2nd edition, Routledge, 2014
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In this comprehensive, stylish and accessible introduction to contemporary social theory, Anthony Elliott examines the major social theoretical traditions. The first edition set new standards for introductory textbooks, such was the far-reaching sweep of social theorists discussed – including Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, Julia Kristeva, Jurgen Habermas, Judith Butler, Slavoj Zizek, Manuel Castells, Ulrich Beck, Zygmunt Bauman, Giorgio Agamben and Manuel De Landa.

From the Frankfurt School to globalisation, from feminism to the network society, this new edition has been fully revised and updated, taking into account the most recent developments in social theory. The second edition also contains a completely new chapter on classical social theory, allowing students to contextualise the modern debates.

Like its predecessor, the second edition of Contemporary social theory combines stylish exposition with reflective social critique and original insights. This new edition will prove a superb textbook with which to navigate the twists and turns of contemporary social theory as taught in the disciplines of sociology, politics, history, cultural studies and many more.

Introduction to contemporary social theory

 Elliott and Lemert, Intro to contemporary social theoryAnthony Elliott and Charles Lemert
Routledge, 2014
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In this comprehensive, stylish and accessible introduction to contemporary social theory, Anthony Elliott and Charles Lemert examine the major theoretical traditions from the Frankfurt School to globalisation and beyond. Extensively developed to take into account significant recent developments in American social theory, the book offers chapters on American pragmatism, structural functionalism, ethnomethodology, black feminist thought and world systems theory. American traditions of social theory are brought powerfully to life in treatments of intellectuals ranging from William James to Robert K Merton, David Riesman to Randall Collins, and Patricia Hill Collins to Saskia Sassen.

Introduction to contemporary social theory combines lively exposition and clarity with reflective social critique and original insights, and is a superb textbook with which to navigate the twists and turns of contemporary social theory as taught in the disciplines of sociology, politics, history, cultural studies and many more.

Japan's household registration system: koseki, identification and documentation

Japan's household registration systemEdited by David Chapman and Karl Jakob Krogness
Routledge, 2014
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Japan’s household registration system (koseki seido) is an extremely powerful state instrument, and is socially entrenched with a long history of population governance, social control and the maintenance of social order. It provides identity whilst at the same time imposing identity upon everyone registered and, in turn, the state receives validity and legitimacy from the registration of its inhabitants. The study of the procedures and mechanisms for identifying and documenting people provides an important window into understanding statecraft, and by examining the koseki system this book provides a keen insight into social and political change in Japan.

By looking through the lens of the koseki system, the book takes both a historical as well as a contemporary approach to understanding Japanese society. In doing so, it develops our understanding of contemporary Japan within the historical context of population management and social control; reveals the social effects and influence of the koseki system throughout its history; and presents new insights into citizenship, nationality and identity. Furthermore, this book develops our knowledge of state functions and indeed the nation-state itself, through engaging critically with important issues relating to the koseki while at the same time providing a platform for further investigation. The contributors to this volume utilise a variety of disciplinary areas including history, gender studies, sociology, law and anthropology, and each chapter provides insights that bring us closer to a comprehensive grasp of the role, effects and historical background of what is a crucial and influential instrument of the Japanese state.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Japanese history, Japanese culture and society, Japanese studies, Asian social policy and demography more generally.

The gender of suicide: knowledge production, theory and suicidology

The gender of suicideKatrina Jaworksi
Ashgate, 2014
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Drawing on diverse theoretical and textual sources, The gender of suicide presents a critical study of the ways in which contemporary society understands suicide, exploring suicide across a range of key expert bodies of knowledge. With attention to Durkheim's founding study of suicide, as well as discourses within sociology, law, medicine, psy-knowledge and newsprint media, this book demonstrates that suicide cannot be understood without understanding how gender shapes it, and without giving explicit attention to the manner in which prevailing claims privilege some interpretations and experiences of suicide above others.

Revealing the masculine and masculinist terms in which our current knowledge of suicide is constructed, The gender of suicide explores the relationship between our grasp of suicide and problematic ideas connected to the body, agency, violence, race and sexuality. As such, it will appeal to sociologists and social theorists, as well as scholars of cultural studies, philosophy, law and psychology.

Energy, governance and security in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma): a critical approach to environmental politics in the South

Energy, governance and securityAdam Simpson
Ashgate, 2014
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Across the world states are seeking out new and secure supplies of energy but this search is manifesting itself most visibly in Asia where rapid industrialisation in states such as China and India is fomenting a frantic scramble for energy resources. Due to entrenched societal inequities and widespread authoritarian governance, however, the pursuit of national energy security through transnational energy projects has had devastating impacts on the human and environmental security of local populations. These effects are particularly evident in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma), which, located at the crossroads of Asia, are increasingly engaged in the cross-border energy trade.

Based on extensive fieldwork and theoretical analysis this groundbreaking book proposes a new critical approach to energy and environmental security and explores the important role that both local and transnational environmental movements are playing, in the absence of effective and democratic governments, in providing ‘activist environmental governance’ for energy projects throughout the region. By comparing the nature of this activism under two very different political regimes it delivers crucial theoretical insights with both academic and policy implications for the sustainable and equitable development of the South’s natural resources.

Routledge handbook of social and cultural theory

Routledge handbook of social and cultural theoryEdited by Anthony Elliott
Routledge, 2014

If today students of social theory read Jurgen Habermas, Michel Foucault and Anthony Giddens, then proper regard to the question of culture means that they should also read Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall and Slavoj Zizek. The Routledge handbook of social and cultural theory offers a concise, comprehensive overview of the convergences and divergences of social and cultural theory, and in so doing offers a novel agenda for social and cultural research in the twenty-first century.

This handbook develops a powerful argument for bringing together social and cultural theory more systematically than ever before. Key social and cultural theories, ranging from classical approaches to postmodern, psychoanalytic and post-feminist approaches, are drawn together and critically appraised. There are substantive chapters looking at – among others – structuralism and post-structuralism, critical theory, network analysis, feminist cultural thought, cultural theory and cultural sociology. Throughout the handbook there is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity, with chapters drawing from research in sociology, cultural studies, psychology, politics, anthropology, women’s studies, literature and history.

Written in a clear and direct style, this handbook will appeal to a wide undergraduate and postgraduate audience across the social sciences and humanities.


ZombiesJennifer Rutherford
Routledge, 2014

Not so long ago zombies rarely shuffled out of B-grade horror movies and cult comic books, but today they are everywhere. Zombies are proliferating, demonstrating an extraordinary capacity to transport fluidly from genre to genre, from the apocalyptic future to the already survived past, and in and out of fictional form.

Today they can be found in just about any genre or discourse and as they move sinuously across the cultural landscape they keep morphing; taking on ever new and ever more bizarre associations. Zombies would appear to be unthinkable, the ultimate nightmare of a world devoured by the dead, and yet more and more often this horror-scape provides a form of figurative capture for the way things are. This book explores why.

Zombies explores the recent transformation of zombie from cult genre to a figure that pervades western culture. Rutherford examines the zombie as a powerful metaphor for a constellation of social forces that define contemporary reality. This is an ideal introduction to all that is social about zombies, for students and general readers alike.

Concepts of the self

Concepts of the selfAnthony Elliott
3rd edition, Polity, 2014
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More than ten years on from its original publication, Concepts of the self still mesmerises with its insight, comprehensiveness and critique of debates over the self in the social sciences and humanities. Anthony Elliott has written a new preface to this third edition to address some of the most recent developments in the field, and offers a powerful challenge to what he describes as ‘the emergence of anti-theories of the self’.

The first two editions have proven exceptionally popular among students and teachers worldwide. Anthony Elliott provides a scintillating introduction to the major accounts of the self from symbolic interactionism and psychoanalysis to post-feminism and postmodernism. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to take account of more recent theoretical developments, and a new chapter has been added on individualisation which focuses on how the self becomes an agent of ‘do-it-yourself’ autobiographical reconstruction in an age of intensive globalisation.

Concepts of the self remains the most lively, lucid and compelling introduction to contemporary controversies over the self and self-identity in the social sciences and humanities. Written by an author of international reputation, it connects debates about the self directly to identity politics, the sociology of personal relationships and intimacy, and the politics of sexuality, and will continue to be an invaluable introductory text for students of social and political theory, sociology, social psychology, cultural studies and gender studies.


Rogue urbanism: emergent African cities

Rogue urbanismEdited by Edgar Pieterse and AbdouMaliq Simone
Jacana Press, Johannesburg, 2013
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Many scholars have been arguing for some time that dominant knowledge and discourses on the African city are largely inappropriate. These discourses mirror simplistic modernist assumptions about what constitutes a viable, legible, efficient and competitive city. From such a vantage point the African city can only be seen and read as a narrative about absence, failure and inadequacy. Critics of these dominant discourses, such as Jennifer Robinson, AbdouMaliq Simone, Dominique Malaquais, Achille Mbembe, Asef Bayat, Ibrahim Abdullah, Okwui Enwezor, Onookome Okome, Jean Tshonda, Philip de Boeck and Sarah Nuttall, amongst many others, point to multiple alternatives in approaching and understanding the African city.

The unique ambition of Rogue urbanism is to produce new and relevant theoretical work on African urbanism in a way that works within the border zone between inherited theoretical resources and artistic representations of everyday practices and phenomenology in African cities. The assumption is that urban theorists can renew and expand their search for grounded approaches to theorise African urbanism through an engagement with the epistemologies of artists, cultural practitioners and designers; and theorists who work on the urban condition and spatiality can find new entry points to enrich their own creative processes. Where reflections fail to work directly with the insights of artists, scholars can at least work through their understanding of the ordinary in the everyday, however this may manifest or inspire.

Beautifully designed and packaged, Rogue urbanism enlarges and deepens the search for the rogue intensities that mark African cities as they find their voice and footing in a truly unwieldy world.

Challenging knowledge, sex and power: gender, work and engineering

Challenging knowledge, sex and powerJulie Mills, Suzanne Franzway, Judith Gill and Rhonda Sharp
Routledge, 2013.
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Women in the developed world expect to work in the labour force over the course of their lives. On finishing school more girls are entering universities and undertaking professional training for careers than ever before. Males and females enter many high-status professions in roughly equal numbers. However, engineering stands out as a profession that remains obstinately male dominated. Despite efforts to change, little progress has been made in attracting and retaining women in engineering.

This book analyses the outcomes of a decade-long investigation into this phenomenon, framed by two questions: Why are there so few women in engineering? And why is this so difficult to change? The study includes data from two major surveys, accounts from female engineers in a range of locations and engineering fields, and case studies of three large engineering corporations. The authors explore the history and politics of several organisations related to women in engineering, and conclude with an analysis of a range of campaigns that have been waged to address the issue of women’s minority status in engineering.

Challenging knowledge, sex and power will be of great interest to students of feminist economics, and is also relevant to researchers in women’s studies and engineering education.

Peace through tourism: promoting human security through international citizenship

Edited by Lynda Blanchard and Freya Higgins-Desbiolles
Routledge, 2013
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Peace through tourism refers to a body of analysis that suggests tourism may contribute to cross-cultural understanding, tolerance and even peace between communities and nations. What has been largely missing to date is a sustained critique of the potential and capacities of tourism to foster global peace.

This timely volume fills this void by providing a critical look at tourism in order to ascertain its potential as a social force to promote human rights, justice and peace. It presents an alternative characterisation of the possibilities for peace through tourism: embedding an understanding of the phenomenon in a deep grounding in multi-disciplinary perspectives and envisioning tourism in the context of human rights, social justice and ecological integrity. Such an approach engages the ambivalence and dichotomy of views held on peace tourism by relying on a pedagogy of peace. It integrates a range of perspectives from scholars from many disciplinary backgrounds, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), tourism industry operators and community, all united by an interest in critical approaches to understanding peace through tourism. Additionally, diverse geo-political contexts are represented in this book from the USA, India, Japan, Israel, Palestine, Kenya, the Koreas, Indonesia, East Timor and Indigenous Australia.

Written by leading academics, this groundbreaking book will provide students, researchers and academics a sustained critique of the potential and capacities of tourism to foster global peace.

Motivating change: sustainable design and behaviour in the built environment

Motivating changeEdited by Robert Crocker and Steffen Lehmann
Earthscan from Routledge, 2013.
Today’s most pressing challenges require behaviour change at many levels, from the city to the individual. This book focuses on the collective influences that can be seen to shape change.
Exploring the underlying dimensions of behaviour change in terms of consumption, media, social innovation and urban systems, the essays in this book are from many disciplines, including architecture, urban design, industrial design and engineering, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, waste management and public policy.

Aimed especially at designers and architects, Motivating change explores the diversity of current approaches to change, and the multiple ways in which behaviour can be understood as an enactment of values and beliefs, standards and habitual practices in daily life, and more broadly in the urban environment.

How to be a social worker: a critical guide for students

How to be a social workerPriscilla Dunk-West
Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2013

Through the course of studying social work and beyond it can be difficult to take a step back and reflect upon what it is to be a social worker, such are the demands of the process of qualification and the role itself. Using this as a starting point, How to be a social worker critically examines the knowledge base of social work – from human growth and development to social work research – and explores how your own values, principles and experience combine to shape your social work identity and practice alongside this.

Stimulating your thinking in new ways, both about yourself and your life as a social worker, this book:

  • uses a number of innovative exercises and case studies to help you to actively apply theory to practice
  • encourages reflexive thinking to support you in developing your own social work identity
  • considers the ways in which your social work identity can be maintained when working alongside other professional groups.

Linked to a range of core modules on pre-qualifying social work programs but written also for those practitioners committed to nurturing their own social work identities, How to be a social worker is a must-have text from one of social work's most up-and-coming authors.


ReinventionAnthony Elliott
Routledge, 2013

Ours is the era of ‘reinvention’. From psychotherapy to life coaching, from self-help manuals to cosmetic surgery, and from corporate rebranding to urban redesign: the art of reinvention is inextricably interwoven with the lure of the next frontier, the breakthrough to the next boundary – especially boundaries of the self. In this insightful and provocative book, Anthony Elliott examines ‘reinvention’ as a key buzzword of our times. Through a wide-ranging and impassioned assessment, Elliott reviews the new global forms of reinvention – from reinvention gurus to business reinvention, from personal makeovers to corporate rebrandings. In doing so, he undertakes a serious if often amusing consideration of contemporary reinvention practices, including super-fast weight loss diets, celebrity makeovers, body augmentations, speed dating, online relationship therapies, organisational restructurings, business downsizings, and many more. This absorbing book is an ideal introduction to the topic of reinvention for students and general readers alike. Reinvention offers a provocative and radical reflection on an issue (sometimes treated as trivial in the public sphere) that is increasingly politically urgent in terms of its personal, social and environmental consequences.

The heart of the good institution: virtue ethics as a framework for responsible management

Edited by Howard HarrisGayathri Wijesinghe and Stephen McKenzie
Springer, 2013
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This book addresses the question: how can institutions develop and maintain a good purpose? And how can managers contribute to this endeavour? Twelve contributions explore this question, using MacIntyrean inquiry as a basis for exploring four main themes: Can management be considered a practice in the MacIntyrean sense? What is the role of specific virtues in the development of a virtuous institution? What are management vices and what are the conditions in which they flourish? And can we use MacIntyrean ideas to consider the management of all forms of institutions? The volume is an international and multidisciplinary collection, with contributions from well-known writers in the field of management ethics, and innovative contributions that use MacIntyrean inquiry as a lens to examine fields such as hospitality, user-generated music content and social sustainability. The papers are unified by their concern for the achievement of organisational excellence and integrity through ethical management.

Unlike single-author texts this edited volume brings together multiple perspectives on the topic of virtue ethics in management. In doing so, it explores the topic both more deeply and more widely than a single author can do. Because of its breadth, this book has the potential to become a turn-to research tool for those interested in virtue theory’s relevance to other academic interests such as organisational behavior (including motivation theory and social psychology), literature, contemporary social issue criticism and business management.

Young American Muslims: dynamics of identity

Young American MuslimsNahid Afrose Kabir
Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2013
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Many young Americans cherish an American dream, ‘that all men are created equal’. And the election in 2008 of America’s first black president has shown that America has moved forward. Yet since 9/11 Muslim Americans have faced renewed challenges, with their loyalty and sense of belonging being questioned. This book presents a journey into the ideas, outlooks and identity
of young Muslims in America today. Based on almost 400 in-depth interviews with young Muslims from Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Virginia, the book allows the richness and nuance of minority voices to be heard.

Key features include an investigation of the identity of ethnic and racial groups such as Iranians, Arab Americans and African Americans; discussion of the impact of the American media on young Muslims; an introduciton to debates on the Israeli-Palestine issue; and an analysis of President Obama as a national and world leader.

Routledge companion to contemporary Japanese social theory: from individualization to globalization in Japan today

Routledge companion to contemporary Japanese social theoryEdited by Anthony Elliott, Masataka Katagiri and Atsushi Sawai
Routledge, 2013

This book breaks new ground in providing a detailed, systematic appraisal of the major traditions of social theory prominent in Japan today – from theories of identity and individualisation to globalisation studies. The volume introduces readers to the rich diversity of social-theoretical critique in contemporary Japanese social theory. The editors have brought together some of the most influential Japanese social scientists to assess current trends in Japanese social theory, including Kazuhisa Nishihara, Aiko Kashimura, Masahiro Ogino, Yumiko Ehara and Kiyomitsu Yui. The volume also contains dialogues with these Japanese contributors from authoritative western social theorists – including, among others, Axel Honneth, Roland Robertson, Bryan S Turner, Charles Lemert and Anthony Elliott – to reflect on such developments. The result is an exciting, powerful set of intellectual exchanges. The book introduces, contextualises and critiques social theories in the broader context of Japanese society, culture and politics, with particular emphasis on Japanese engagements and revisions of major traditions of social thought.


Locating cultural work: the politics and poetics of rural, regional and remote creativity

Locating cultural workSusan Luckman
Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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This book builds upon the ground-breaking work already undertaken by the author filling the absence of research into the significance, character and value of creative industries beyond major urban centres. What has emerged in this work is the centrality of place, time and the natural environment to the creative practice of those who have chosen or found themselves operating outside the mainstream of urban creative milieus. Unlike any existing book in the market, Locating cultural work uniquely examines creative workers in terms of three interlinked concerns: the wider history of creativity and place in the UK since the Industrial Revolution (in particular the Romantics and the Arts and Craft Movement, especially as manifest in the Lake District and Cotswolds); the emotional (affective) drivers of creativity and place; and, the relationship between rural and regional cultural industries, tourism and environmental awareness.

Sexuality, rurality, and geography

Sexuality, rurality, and geographyEdited by Andrew Gorman-Murray, Barbara Pini and Lia Bryant
Lexington Books, 2012

This international edited collection contributes to knowledge about the geographies of sexualities experienced and imagined in rural spaces. The book draws attention to the heterogeneity of rural contexts and the diversity of meanings about sexualities within and across these spaces. The collection examines four key themes.

First, ‘intimacies and institutions’ focuses on how intimate relationships are governed by societal, discursive and institutional structures, and regulated by social, political and legal frames of citizenship and belonging. Second, ‘communities’ explores how sexual identities are socially constructed and relationally performed in rural communities, scrutinising the complex interplay of belonging and alienation, inclusion and exclusion. Third, ‘mobilities’ examines movement/migration and homemaking for lesbians, gay men and same-sex families. Fourth, ‘production and consumption’ investigates the commodification of rural sexualities: how animal bodies and sexualities in industrial agriculture are managed for consumer pleasure and commercial ends.

This book is timely. It provides important new insights about ruralities and sexualities, filling a gap in theoretical and empirical understandings about how sexualities in diverse rural spaces are given meaning. This collection begins the processes of furthering discussion and knowledge about the inherently dynamic and constantly changing nature of the rural and the multiple, varied and complex sexual subjectivities lived through corporeal experiences and virtual and imagined lives.

Resourcing early learners: new networks, new actors

Sue Nichols, Jennifer Rowsell, Helen Nixon, Sophia Rainbird
Routledge, 2012
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The landscape of early childhood education and care is changing. Governments worldwide are assuming increasing authority in relation to child rearing in the years before school entry, beyond their traditional role in assisting parents to do the best they can by their children. As part of a social agenda aimed at forming citizens well prepared to play an active part in a globalised knowledge economy, the idea of ‘early learning’ expresses the necessity of engaging caregivers right from the start of children’s lives. Nichols, Rowsell, Rainbird and Nixon investigate this trend over three years, in two countries, and three contrasting regions, by setting themselves the task of tracing every service and agent offering resources under the banner of early learning. Far from a dry catalogue, the study involves in-depth ethnographic research in fascinating spaces such as a church-run centre for African refugee women and children, a state-of-the-art community library and an Australian country town. Included is an unprecedented inventory of an entire suburban mall. Richly visually documented, the study employs emerging methods such as Google mapping to trace the travels of actual parents as they search for particular resources. Each chapter features a context investigated in this large, international study: the library, the mall, the clinic and the church. The author team unravels new spaces and new networks at work in early childhood literacy and development.

Learning life from illness stories

Learning life from illness storiesEdited by Peter Willis and Kate Leeson
Post Pressed, 2012

Learning life from illness stories brings together the stories of fourteen people who have lived with serious illness, either their own of that of a loved one. The authors reflect on the wisdom they have found in the stories of others, especially, as a common text, Illness: the cry of the flesh by Havi Carel. They respond to Carel's key questions: Can I be ill and happy? How can I have a good life while living with illness?

The authors share their own experiences of pain, grief and despair, and of love, hope, seeking happiness, writing poetry, practising yoga, praying and protesting. This is a book about courage, about finding strength and sources of joy in hard times. It will inspire anyone seeking meaning in the chaos of their own difficult circumstances.

Reconciliation and pedagogy

Edited by Pal Ahluwalia, Stephen Atkinson, Peter Bishop, Pam Christie, Robert Hattam and Julie Matthews
Routledge, 2012
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Reconciliation is one of the most significant contemporary challenges in the world today. In this innovative new volume, educational academics and practitioners across a range of cultural and political contexts examine the links between reconciliation and critical pedagogy, putting forward the notion that reconciliation projects should be regarded as public pedagogical interventions, with much to offer to wider theories of learning.

While ideas about reconciliation are proliferating, few scholarly accounts have focused on its pedagogies. This book seeks to develop a generative theory that properly maps reconciliation processes and works out the pedagogical dimensions of new modes of narrating and listening, and effecting social change. The contributors build conceptual bridges between the scholarship of reconciliation studies and existing education and pedagogical literature, bringing together the concepts of reconciliation and pedagogy into a dialogical encounter and evaluating how each might be of mutual benefit to the other, theoretically and practically.

This study covers a broad range of territory including ethnographic accounts of reconciliation efforts, practical implications of reconciliation matters for curricula and pedagogy in schools and universities, and theoretical and philosophical considerations of reconciliation/pedagogy. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of peace and reconciliation studies, educational studies and international relations.

On society

On societyAnthony Elliott and Brian S Turner
Polity, Cambridge, 2012
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'Society' is one of the most frequently used words in public life; it is also a foundational term in the social sciences. In our own time, however, the idea has never been so much in dispute and so little understood. For some critics, society is simply too consensual for a world of intensive discord. For others, the idea of 'society' is oppressive – the very notion, so some argue, is dismissive of the infinite social differences that shape global realities.

In this erudite and original book, two of the world's leading social theorists focus on unravelling the different meanings of society as a way of introducing the reader to contemporary debates in social theory. The authors argue provocatively that all ideas of society can be assigned to one of three analytical categories, or some combination of these – structure, solidarity or creation – and develop a fresh characterisation of the nature of the social as a means of understanding global transformations.

By integrating abstract problems of social theory with empirical examples and political analysis, On society provides lucid interpretations of classical and contemporary social theory. The book also critiques recent social theories that simply equate the demise of society with globalisation, the communications revolution or multiculturalism, and in so doing provides an original insight into today's world.

Time bomb: work, rest and play in Australia today

Time bombBarbara Pocock, Natalie Skinner and Philippa Williams
NewSouth Books, 2012
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Time poverty is a problem for many Australian households and work is the main culprit. Australians start work young, and we are working more, and longer into old age. While maximising our productivity and enhancing our professional skills, we must also raise our children well, care for our aged, be involved in our community and shrink our carbon footprint – a footprint shaped by the patterns and habits of our work, social obligations and households. What is it costing Australians to try and do it all? And what is it costing our families and communities? Incisive and thought-provoking, Time bomb throws light on poor urban planning, workplace laws and practices, care obligations and other issues that rob us of time and put our households under pressure. And it looks at how work affects our response to the greatest concern of our time – our environmental challenges.

Peace and security: implications for women

Elisabeth Porter and Anuradha Mundkur
University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 2012

Peace and security offers a broad overview of what is being done in conflict-affected countries to advance women's participation in peace processes, peace building and decision making. The authors examine the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on 'Women, Peace and Security' and present evidence-based case studies from Timor-Leste, Fiji and Sri Lanka to suggest key actions needed.

Five fundamental aspects flow through the book: a specifically feminist methodology, a priority on gender equality and women's empowerment and broad notions of human security and peace building. While identifying obstacles, the emphasis is on articulating best practices in numerous contexts and outlining key actions to be taken by development agencies, women s NGOs and policy makers. Peace and security explores ways to protect women and girls from violence, ensure gender perspectives in peacekeeping, and increase participation of women in decision making.

The impact of technology on relationships in educational settings

The impact of technology on relationshipsEdited by Angela Constabile and Barbara Spears
Routledge, London, 2012

As the linguistic, cognitive and social elements of our lives are transformed by new and emerging technologies, educational settings are also challenged to respond to the issues that have arisen as a consequence. This book focuses on that challenge: using psychological theory as a lens to highlight the positive uses of new technologies in relationships and educational settings, and to advocate technological learning opportunities and social support where the misuse and abuse of ICT occurs.

The impact of technology on relationships in educational settings sets out to explore the role of ICTs in relationship forming, social networking and social relationships within our schools and has grown out of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action on Cyberbullying, involving 28 participating countries, and two non-COST countries, of which Australia is one.

This cutting edge international text offers cross-cultural, psychological perspectives on the positive uses of new and emerging technologies to improve social relationships and examples of best practice to prevent virtual bullying. This comes at a time when much of the focus in current writings has been on the more negative aspects that have emerged as new technologies evolved: cyberbullying, cyber-aggression and cybersafety concerns. This text is ideally suited to researchers and practitioners in the fields of educational and developmental psychology, as well as those specialising in educational technology and the sociology of education.


Designing for zero waste: consumption, technologies and the built environment

Designing for zero wasteEdited by Steffen Lehmann and Robert Crocker
Routledge, 2011

Designing for zero waste is a timely, topical and necessary publication. Materials and resources are being depleted at an accelerating speed and rising consumption trends across the globe have placed material efficiency, waste reduction and recycling at the centre of many government policy agendas, giving them an unprecedented urgency. While there has been a considerable literature addressing consumption and waste reduction from different disciplinary perspectives, the complex nature of the problem requires an increasing degree of interdisciplinarity. Resource recovery and the optimisation of material flow can only be achieved alongside and through behaviour change to reduce the creation of material waste and wasteful consumption. This book aims to develop a more robust understanding of the links between lifestyle, consumption, technologies and urban development.

Changing the paradigm: education as the key to a socially inclusive future

Changing the paradigmEdited by Tom Stehlik and Jan Patterson
Post Pressed, 2011

This book is about changing the paradigm of the established system of schooling in Australia. Education has long been recognised as the key to addressing intergenerational and social disadvantage, but the notion of a socially inclusive future is the particular concern of this book, in relation to marginalised groups of young people who may not have the social capital, socioeconomic background, family support or life opportunities to progress through the education system according to its established parameters. The chapter themes include:

  • what young people are telling us about schooling and their lives, and what it takes to engage young people in learning
  • social inclusion and school retention: the South Australian experience and joined-up working
  • shaping systems, policy and practice to increase learning opportunities and more equitable outcomes for all young people.

The book also provides case study examples drawn from South Australia's Social Inclusion Initiative School Retention Action Plan, which was implemented to address early school leaving and disengagement from learning by young people.

Making globalization work for women: the role of social rights and trade union leadership

Making globalization work for womenEdited by Valentine Moghadam, Suzanne Franzway and Mary Margaret Fonow
State University of New York Press, 2011

Making globalization work for women explores the potential for trade unions to defend the socioeconomic rights of women in a global context. Looking at labour policies and interviews with people in unions and nongovernmental organisations, the essays diagnose the problems faced by women workers across the world and assess the progress that unions in various countries have made in responding to those problems. Some concerns addressed include the masculine culture of many unions and the challenges of female leadership within them, laissez-faire governance, and the limited success of organisations working on these issues globally. Making globalization work for women brings together in a synthetic and fruitful conversation the work and ideas of feminists, unions, NGOs, and other human rights workers.

Youth, music and creative cultures: playing for life

Youth, music and creative culturesGeraldine Bloustien and Margaret Peters
Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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Youth, music and creative cultures demonstrates the power of music in the lives of many disadvantaged youth. It offers an evocative cross-cultural exploration into the everyday lives and music practices of young people from seven very different urban locales in Australia, the UK, the US and Europe. They document their passion for music from their own broad social, cultural and ethnic perspectives, using their own video and camera footage to reflect on their learning processes and music activities. These narratives, alongside the views and observations of their peers and mentors, are presented in a dialogic format that both supports and challenges the views and analysis of the authors.

Outside country: histories of inland Australia

Outside countryEdited by Alan Mayne and Stephen Atkinson
Wakefield Press, 2011
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While most Australians now live in the major cities on the coast, much of the country's wealth is still derived from the interior, a vast area of scattered and often remote communities, mining towns and pastoral homesteads all linked by what historian JW McCarty called the Inland Corridor. Culturally too the interior looms large: in Australians' imaginings, in tourism campaigns, and in the arts and media. But despite this, to most it remains an enigma, an emptiness whose distant rural communities and their populations are the subjects of stubborn misperceptions.

Outside country makes an invaluable contribution to the rethinking of inland Australia. Through essays that mix the broad sweep of history with personal perspectives drawn from diaries, letters, oral histories and literature, it examines the rich and varied social, cultural and environmental histories of regions that continue to play a crucial role in the ongoing development of the Australian nation.

Individuals, groups and business ethics

Chris Provis
Routledge, 2011
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Corporate social responsibility has become a heavily discussed topic in business ethics. Identifying some generally accepted moral principles as a basis for discussion, Individuals, groups and business ethics examines ethical dimensions of our relationships with families, friends and workmates, the extent to which we have obligations as members of teams and communities, and how far ethics may ground our commitments to organisations and countries. It offers an innovative analysis that differentiates amongst our genuine ethical obligations to individuals, counterfeit obligations to identity groups, and complex role-based obligations in organised groups. It suggests that often individuals need intuitive moral judgment developed by experience, reflection and dialogue to identify the individual obligations that emerge for them in complex group situations. These situations include some where people have to discern what their organisations' corporate social responsibilities imply for them as individuals, and other situations where individuals have to deal with conflicts amongst their obligations or with efforts by other people to exploit them. This book gives an integrated, analytical account of how our obligations are grounded, provides a major theoretical case study of such ethical processes in action, and then considers some extended implications.

Making feminist politics: transnational alliances between women and labor

Making feminist politicsSuzanne Franzway and Mary Margaret Fonow
University of Illinois Press, Champaign, IL, 2011
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In this timely and detailed examination of the intersections of feminism, labour politics and global studies, Suzanne Franzway and Mary Margaret Fonow reveal the ways in which women across the world are transforming labour unions in the contemporary era. Situating specific case studies within broad feminist topics, Franzway and Fonow concentrate on union feminists mobilising at multiple sites, issues of wages and equity, childcare campaigns, work–life balance and queer organising, demonstrating how unions around the world are broadening their focuses from contractual details to empowerment and family and feminist issues. By connecting the diversity of women's experiences around the world both inside and outside the home and highlighting the innovative ways women workers attain their common goals, Making feminist politics lays the groundwork for recognition of the total individual in the future of feminist politics within global union movements. 


Re-positioning university governance and academic work

Re-positioning university governanceEdited by Jill Blackmore, Marie Brennan and Lew Zipin
Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, 2010

This book examines changing ways that academic work is governed - from outside and inside universities - in the shifting social, cultural and political contexts of new times. Chapters trace developments in institutions, national sectors and internationally - all applying a global scope to identify significant shifts in the broader conditions of university operation. Attention is given to governance processes across all key domains of academic work: teaching, research, leadership, management and institutional organisation. Key trends are analysed, including risk management, audit culture, league tables, techniques of accountability and more. These investigations bring forth re-conceptions of university 'governance' as involving increasingly distributed and networked arrays of mechanisms, affecting academic work practices, relations, values, emotional labours and identities. Ambiguities, tensions and complexities of academic work are explored; and questions are raised as to whether prevailing managerial modes of governance can address these features of university engagement with globalising contexts. Contributing authors carry significant international reputations and bring diverse theoretical and research bases to bear. The book will appeal to scholars and postgraduates in fields of higher education, public administration, policy sociology and globalisation studies. It will be of interest to those in senior leadership roles within universities as they work through future directions for their institutions.

Gold tailings: forgotten histories of family and community on the central Victorian goldfields

Edited by Charles Fahey and Alan Mayne
Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2010

The rich landscapes of the Victorian central goldfields are the legacy of thousands of ordinary men and women who settled in the wake of the alluvial gold discoveries of the early 1850s. Gold tailings explores how these men and women established families and created enduring communities that survived long after the alluvial gold was exhausted.

The principles of green urbanism: transforming the city for sustainability

The principles of green urbanismSteffen Lehmann
Earthscan, London, 2010

How can we transform and future-proof the post-industrial city through strategies of architectural and urban design? The answer is to use an energy-efficient, zero-carbon model based on renewable energy sources and renewable building typologies. This book presents different models for sustainable urban growth, based on the principles of 'green urbanism'.

Current and emergent forms of urbanism are influenced by climate change, leading to the idea of a new generation of 'zero-emission cities'. These cities are seen as applying new concepts in densification and expansion, designed with energy efficiency and sustainability as principal criteria. The aim of this type of 'systems thinking' is to connect and integrate sustainable design principles with a holistic idea for the future of our cities to generate future-proof strategies for the revitalisation of the urban landscape. The first section of the book clearly explains these principles and how they can be employed, illustrated by clear diagrams for ease of comprehension. The principles as applied are then explored through in-depth case studies of the post-industrial Australian city of Newcastle, which is at an important juncture in its urban evolution. This is essential reading for urban designers, architects, landscape architects and researchers/students in these disciplines around the world.

Gender-inclusive engineering education

Julie Mills, Mary Ayer and Judith Gill
Routledge, New York, 2010

Women continue to comprise a small minority of students in engineering education and subsequent employment, despite the numerous initiatives over the past 25 years to attract and retain more women in engineering. This book demonstrates the ways in which traditional engineering education has not attracted, supported or retained female students and identifies the issues needing to be addressed in changing engineering education to become more gender inclusive.

This innovative and much-needed work also addresses how faculty can incorporate inclusive curriculum within their courses and programs, and provides a range of exemplars of good practice in gender-inclusive engineering education that will be immediately useful to faculty who teach engineering students.

Thinking through Islamophobia: global perspectives

Thinking through IslamophobiaEdited by Salman Sayyid and AbdoolKarim Vakil
C Hurst & Co, London, 2010

Islamophobia is a widely used but inconsistently defined term, hotly disputed and frequently disavowed. To its supporters, it captures a defining phenomenon of our times and is an important tool in highlighting the injustices Muslims face. Yet its effectiveness is weakened by the lack of an agreed meaning and relationship to racism and orientalism. To its detractors, Islamophobia is either a fundamentally flawed category or worse, a communitarian fig leaf, shielding 'backward' social practices and totalitarian political ambitions. The figure of the Muslim forms the backdrop to these debates and, more generally, to the mobilisations and contestations of 'moral panic' that follow.

Adopting a global perspective, this collection provides four distinct contexts for the problematisation of Muslim identity and the deployment of Islamophobia. Drawing on diverse fields of disciplinary and geographical expertise, twenty-six contributors address the question of Islamophobia in a series of interventions, ranging from large and sustained arguments to illustrations of particular themes in the following real-world contexts: 'Muslimistan' (broadly within OIC member countries); states in which Muslims either form a minority or hold a subaltern socioeconomic position yet cannot be easily dismissed as recent arrivals (much like immigrants from India, Russia, China and Thailand); lands in which Muslims are represented as newly arrived immigrants (such as western plutocracies); and regions in which the Muslim presence is minimal or virtual, and the problematisation of Muslim identity is vicarious.

Globalization, the nation-state and the citizen: dilemmas and directions for civics and citizenship education

Edited by Alan Reid, Judith Gill and Alan Sears
Routledge, New York, 2010

The past decade has seen an explosion of interest in civics and citizenship education. There have been unprecedented developments in citizenship education taking place in schools, adult education centres, or in the less formally structured spaces of media images and commentary around the world. This book provides an overview of the development of civics and citizenship education policy across a range of nation-states. The contributors, all widely respected scholars in the field of civics and citizenship education, provide a thorough understanding of the different ways in which citizenship has been taken up by educators, governments and the wider public. Citizenship is never a single, given, unproblematic concept, but rather its meanings have to be worked through and developed in terms of the particularities of socio-political location and history. This volume promotes a wider and more grounded understanding of the ways in which citizenship education is enacted across different nation-states in order to develop education for active and participatory citizenry in both local and global contexts.

Towards fairer university assessment: recognizing the concerns of students

Towards fairer university assessmentNerilee RA Flint and Bruce Johnson
Routledge, 2010
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After all the hours of studying, reading and preparation, the nights spent revising and the writing and re-writing of assignments, 'success' for university students can often be represented with a single grade or digit, summing up a wide range of activities. The authors of this timely book ask how fair that assessment is.

This book is about a long-ignored determinant of student satisfaction, concerning the perception of how fairly students are judged, marked, ranked and rewarded for demonstrating their capabilities at university. In the high stakes competitive field of higher education, students are increasingly positioned as customers whose views on their university experience are considered vitally important. Yet paradoxically, little research has been undertaken to find out more about how students decide whether they have been treated fairly and what they do about it. This book fills a major gap in our understanding of these issues, responding to four key questions:

  • Why is the assessment of students' capabilities the core business of universities?
  • What are the main sources of student frustration with assessment arrangements?
  • What do students do when they think they have been treated unfairly?
  • What can be done to promote fair assessment at university?

In doing so, this book goes beyond the superficial consideration of university assessment as a 'necessary requirement' by unravelling the underlying issues that really count – what is considered fair assessment and what is not. Towards fairer university assessment will be of interest to higher education academics, administrators and managers, researchers in the areas of education policy and politics, as well as advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Women, love and learning: the double bind

Women, love and learningAlison Mackinnon
Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland, 2010
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This book tells the story of a generation of American and Australian women who embodied – and challenged – the prescriptions of their times. In the 1950s and early 60s they went to colleges and universities, trained for professions and developed a life of the mind. They were also urged to embrace their femininity, to marry young, to devote themselves to husbands, children and communities. Could they do both? While they might be seen as a privileged group, they led the way for a multitude in the years ahead. They were quietly making the revolution that was to come.

Did they have 'the best of all possible worlds'? Or were they caught in a double bind? Sylvia Plath's letters tell of her delighted sense of life opening before her as a 'college girl'. Her poetry, however, tells of anguish, of reaching for distant goals. Drawing on interviews, surveys, reunion books, letters, biographical and autobiographical writing from both American and Australian women, this cultural history argues that the choices that faced educated women in that time led to the revolution of the late 1960s and 70s. Something had to give. There are lessons here for today's young women, again facing conflicting expectations. Is it possible, they ask, to 'have it all'?

Hope: the everyday and imaginary life of young people on the margins

Hope: young people on the marginsSimon Robb, Patrick O'Leary, Alison Mackinnon and Peter Bishop
Wakefield Press, Kent Town, SA, 2010
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How does hope manifest itself for young people on the margins of society? In this book young people talk about their hopes and fears for the future – the possibility of leading a full life. They illustrate those hopes and fears in images and drawings of people and places meaningful to them. We learn that they are both typical of young people everywhere – desiring love, family, the prospect of work – yet different in that achieving those aims may involve pathways of proscribed, even criminal, behaviours.

Through these moving, often raw, stories and images, we gain insights into the everyday and imaginary worlds of marginalised young people. We also hear from their teachers and others who work with them attempting to build lost relationships and trust. The members of the research team who worked with these people also contribute their thoughts, arguing that a truly sustainable society is not possible until the thoughts and opinions of all are taken into account.

Connecting lives and learning: renewing pedagogy in the middle years

Connecting lives and learningBrenton Prosser, Bill Lucas and Alan Reid
Wakefield Press, Kent Town, SA, 2010
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Connecting Lives and Learning is a project dedicated to connecting learning to student lives, connecting teachers with the latest middle years research, and better connecting primary and secondary schools to keep students at school longer. Based in Adelaide's lower socioeconomic northern urban fringe, the project helps teachers use students' everyday experience and expertise to develop new ways of teaching and learning that involve students in intellectually challenging tasks.

This book tells the stories of real teachers, in real classrooms, making real attempts for change, and not always succeeding. It is a book about teachers making a difference in difficult times and tough places. But most importantly, this book reaffirms that being an educator is inherently about adopting socially just practices, building community capacity and contributing to a more socially sustainable world.

Gender and rurality

Lia Bryant and Barbara Pini
Routledge, 2010
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The study of gender in rural spaces is still in its infancy. Thus far, there has been little exploration of the constitution of the varied and differing ways that gender is constituted in rural settings. This book will place the question of gender, rurality and difference at its centre.

The authors examine theoretical constructions of gender and explore the relationship between these and rural spaces. While there have been extensive debates in the feminist literature about gender and the intersection of multiple social categories, rural feminist social scientists have yet to theorise what gender means in a rural context and how gender blurs and intersects with other social categories such as sexuality, ethnicity, class and (dis)ability. This book will use empirical examples from a range of research projects undertaken by the authors as well as illustrations from work in the Australasian region, Europe and the United States to explore gender and rurality and their relation to sexuality, ethnicity, class and (dis)ability.

Time to listen: how it feels to be young and dying

Time to listenBy Amber Turk. Edited by Margaret Brown
Wakefield Press, Kent Town, SA, 2010
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Amber Turk lived with an inoperable brain tumour for 12 months before dying in November 2003 at the age of 27. During her final year she wrote a journal documenting her emotional journey: her hopes, her despair, and finally her desire to leave the pain behind and embrace death. This absorbing, thought-provoking and inspirational book is a unique window into the private world of a dying person. Compelling reading for students of medicine and other health professionals, Time to listen will also interest those who consider the broader questions of meaning, spirituality and suffering, especially young people facing their own mortality.

I feel that I am truly ready to die. ... I have had a fantastic life and have been so lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life that I have had the privilege of loving and who have loved me back. So I want you all to celebrate all the good times and remember me when I was gorgeous. Because that is truly who I am. Not this sick, icky person who can't do anything. Remember me through warts and all. I wasn't perfect, but I know now that I didn't have to be.

Amber Turk, Journal, 21 July 2003

Out of Africa: post-structuralism's colonial roots

Out of AfricaPal Ahluwalia
Routledge, London, 2010
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At the heart of this book is the argument that the fact that so many post-structuralist French intellectuals have a strong 'colonial' connection, usually with Algeria, cannot be a coincidence. The 'biographical' fact that so many French intellectuals were born in or otherwise connected with French Algeria has often been noted, but it has never been theorised. Ahluwalia makes a convincing case that post-structuralism in fact has colonial and postcolonial roots. This is an important argument, and one that connects two theoretical currents that continue to be of great interest: post-structuralism and postcolonialism.

The re-reading of what is now familiar material against the background of de-colonial struggles demonstrates the extent to which this new condition prompted theory to question long-held assumptions inscribed in the European colonial enterprise. The wide-ranging discussion, ranging across authors as different as Foucault, Derrida, Fanon, Althusser, Cixous, Bourdieu and Lyotard, enables the reader to make connections that have remained unnoticed or been neglected. It also brings back into view a history of struggles, both political and theoretical, that have shaped the landscape of critique in the social sciences and humanities.

This clear and lucid discussion of important and often difficult thinkers will be widely read and widely debated by students and academics alike.

Schooling in disadvantaged communities: playing the game from the back of the field

Carmen Mills and Trevor Gale
Springer, 2010
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Based on a study of one secondary school located in a disadvantaged community in Australia, this book provides a different perspective on what it means to 'play the game' of schooling. Drawing on the perspectives of teachers, parents and students, this book is a window through which to explore the possibilities of schooling in disadvantaged communities. The authors contend that teachers, parents and students themselves are all involved in the game of reproducing disadvantage in schooling but, similarly, they can play a part in opening up opportunities for change to enhance learning for marginalised students. Rather than only attempting to transform students, teachers should be also be concerned to transform schooling, to provide educational opportunities that transform the life experiences of and open up opportunities for all young people, especially those disadvantaged by poverty and marginalised by difference. The book is also designed to stimulate understanding of the work of Bourdieu as well as of a Bourdieuian approach to research. Seeing transformative potential in his theoretical constructs, it airs the possibility that schools can be more than mere reproducers of society.


Digital literacies: social learning and classroom practices

Digital literaciesVictoria Carrington and Muriel Robinson
Sage, London, 2009
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Facebook, blogs, texts, computer games, instant messages – the ways in which we make meanings and engage with each other are changing. Are you a student teacher trying to get to grips with these new digital technologies? Would you like to find ways to make use of them in your classroom?

Digital technologies are an everyday part of life for students and Digital literacies explores the ways in which they can be used in schools. Carrington and Robinson provide an insight into the research on digital technologies, stressing its relevance for schools, and suggest ways to develop new, more relevant pedagogies, particularly for social learning, literacy and literate practices. With a practical focus, the examples and issues explored in this book will help you to analyse your own practice and to carry out your own small-scale research projects.

Explaining the theoretical issues and demonstrating their practical implementation, this topical book will be an essential resource to new student teachers on undergraduate and PGCE courses, and those returning to postgraduate study.

Educational research by association: AARE presidential addresses and the field of educational research

Edited by Trevor Gale and Bob Lingard
Sense, Rotterdam, 2009

Educational research by association is an archive of an archive. It is a collection of eleven presidential addresses delivered over the last 40 years to the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and published annually in AARE's academic journal, the Australian Educational Researcher. However, it is more than an archive in that the selection and the opening essay seek to plot, evaluate and contribute to definitions of education research and its functions and purposes in a changing world, and to consider its impact, broadly defined, in both actual and desirable or normative terms. In pursuing this agenda, the book highlights a number of key issues that have become important in educational research over time, particularly in Australia but also around the globe. These include defining education research as a field, including AARE's location within that field and the positioning of the presidents' addresses therein. They also include questions about the purposes of education research, which implies as well the issue of the readership for such research. The selection also touches on matters of dissemination, publication and diffusion and impact more broadly, raising matters of publication and the various and competing outlets for publication of education research, nationally and increasingly on an international scale. Issues of quality, including associated politics, also come into play, as do questions of the relationship of education research to education policy and practice. These latter questions have become more significant in state policies framed by a new public management that calls for evidence-based policy. The opening essay by Bob Lingard and Trevor Gale, two former AARE presidents, traverses these matters generally and in respect of this archive of presidential addresses, helping to define educational research in an increasingly globalised world.

Spirituality, mythopoesis and learning

Spirituality, mythopoesis and learningEdited by Peter Willis, Timothy Leonard, Anne Morrison and Steven Hodge
Post Pressed, Queensland, 2009

This collection of essays explores the mythopoetic and spiritual elements of a pedagogy that seeks to encourage 'imagistic' thinking and learning in order to enrich the more logical and rational world of science.

In the context, learning is understood broadly to include gaining skills and information, intertwined with processes of personal and social change. For the scholars and educators from across Australia, UK and North America who have contributed to this volume, learning is never simply an isolated behaviour but rather a personal and social act in which morality and ethics are necessarily implicated. In this book, they explore ways in which learning can be enriched (or impaired?) by reflective narratives (the work of mythopoesis) and underpinned (or undermined?) by a cultivation of different forms of transcendence (the work of spirituality).

The Hawke legacy: towards a sustainable society

The Hawke legacyEdited by Gerry Bloustien, Barbara Comber and Alison Mackinnon
Wakefield Press, Kent Town, SA, 2009
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Bob Hawke was a popular and effective prime minister whose economic and social reforms are acknowledged to have shaped modern Australia. The book offers a timely look at the legacy of the Hawke era (1983–1991) by considering both the achievements of his ministry, and what remains as unfinished business.

The Hawke legacy includes interviews with Bob Hawke, with his former speechwriter Graham Freudenberg and with former Senator Rosemary Crowley, contributions from two former members of the Hawke government, and scholarly accounts from historical, political, economic, educational and Indigenous perspectives.

Mediation in the Asia-Pacific: transforming conflicts and building peace

Edited by Dale Bagshaw and Elisabeth Porter
Routledge, New York, 2009
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This book examines mediation in connection with peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific region, providing practical examples that either highlight the weaknesses within certain mediation approaches or demonstrate best-practice. The authors explore the extent to which current ideas and practices of mediation in the Asia-Pacific region are dominated by western understandings and critically challenge the appropriateness of such thinking. Featuring a range of case studies on Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, this book has three main aims:

  • to challenge dominant western practices and ways of thinking on mediation that currently are being imposed in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • to develop culturally-fluent and socially just mediation alternatives that build upon local, traditional or religious approaches;
  • to situate mediation within ideas and practices on peacebuilding.

Making a unique contribution to peace and conflict studies literature by explicitly linking mediation and peacebuilding practices, this book is a vital text for students and scholars in these fields.

Cultural diversity, governance and policy: India–Australia

Edited by Darvesh Gopal and Alan Mayne
Shipra Publications, New Delhi, 2009

In recent years issues pertaining to cultural diversity and ethnic identity have become important sites of academic concern and intense policy debate. However, current discourses purported to devise appropriate policy measures for the co-existence of plurality of ethnic and culture diversities are yet to result in concerted action. Towards building a consensus on the vital importance of cultural diversity, the volume offers illuminating commentaries and incisive critiques by distinguished scholars and specialists from India and Australia.

Feminist movements in contemporary Japan

Feminist movements in contemporary JapanLaura Dales
Routledge, 2009
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In contemporary Japan there is much ambivalence about women's roles, and the term 'feminism' is not widely recognised or considered relevant. Nonetheless, as this book shows, there is a flourishing feminist movement in contemporary Japan. The book investigates the features and effects of feminism in contemporary Japan, in non-government (NGO) women's groups, government-run women's centres and the individual activities of feminists Haruka Yoko and Kitahara Minori. Based on two years of fieldwork conducted in Japan and drawing on extensive interviews and ethnographic data, it argues that the work of individual activists and women's organisations in Japan promotes real and potential change to gender roles and expectations among Japanese women. It explores the ways that feminism is created, promoted and limited among Japanese women, and advocates a broader construction of what the feminist movement is understood to be and a rethinking of the boundaries of feminist identification. It also addresses the impact of legislation, government bureaucracy, literature and the internet as avenues of feminist development, and details the ways which these promote agency – the ability to act – among Japanese women.

Knowing our place: children talking about power, identity and citizenship

Judith Gill and Sue Howard
ACER Press, 2009
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In Knowing our place over 400 young Australians respond to ideas about belonging, identity and social and political power. The book explores the complex mindsets of young people in their search for identity within the broader society.

While the fundamental aim of the book is to identify and describe aspects of children's thinking as they grapple with their developing sense of being in the world, there are evident implications for the project of citizenship education.

Rethinking work and learning: adult and vocational education for social sustainability

Edited by Peter Willis, Stephen McKenzie and Roger Harris
Springer, 2009
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This volume brings together an international group of contributors to explore ways in which social sustainability can be integrated into adult and vocational education (AVE) practices. While it is clear that, given the rapid change of work, job-specific training for adults is vital the world over, it is argued here that job-specific training needs re-orientation to include life-specific learning as well. This can come about when the learning opportunities to which citizens have access prepare them for participation in work that is economically productive and at the same time engages them in related civic activities that promote environmental and social sustainability. The re-orientation of current AVE systems can be achieved in two ways: by broadening the educational agenda to include elements of environmental science, politics and the arts, and by including more dialogic and collaborative teaching and learning styles.


Beyond the black stump: histories of outback Australia

Beyond the black stumpEdited by Alan Mayne
Wakefield Press, Kent Town, SA, 2008
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Historians have had little to say about the lands that stretch 'beyond the black stump'. These essays from around the country build inland Australia into our national history, crisscrossing both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Building the village: a history of Bendigo Bank

Alan Mayne
Wakefield Press, Kent Town, SA, 2008

It is known as 'the people's bank', 'the community bank' or simply 'the Bendigo'. As Building the village shows, the Bendigo Bank's sense of social responsibility stretches back to 1858 and its roots on the Bendigo goldfield. Today, 150 years later, the bank's future rests upon the close community relationships it has built up across Australia. Historian Alan Mayne tells the story of the bank's developments, which parallel the building of Australia into one prosperous nation, and required overcoming many hurdles along the way, such as the protracted Federation drought, world wars, and the financial turmoil of the early 1990s.

Living low paid: the dark side of prosperous Australia

Living low paidHelen Masterman-Smith and Barbara Pocock
Allen & Unwin, 2008
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Why are so many Australians working more yet struggling to meet their basic needs? This account of the plight of low-paid workers is a stinging indictment of our society and a threat to our social fabric.

Even in an international downturn, Australia is a prosperous country. Yet many Australians are working more for less and struggling to meet their basic needs, despite being employed. Living low paid investigates the Orwellian vision unfolding, often behind closed doors, in Australia's working heartland. The book challenges the low wage path to national prosperity by exposing the hard realities of living low paid for Australian workers today. In their own words, workers tell the costs of low pay for individuals, families and communities and the social fabric at large. Workers are increasingly being undermined by casualisation, hours of work and exploitative pay-setting methods, while enormous tax breaks are given to the rich, jobs are outsourced, unions are muzzled, and job entitlements such as sick pay, holiday pay and penalty rates are scrapped. Living low paid offers a biting account of Australia's growing underbelly. It is vital reading for anyone who cares about where Australia is heading.

Pedagogies of the imagination: mythopoetic curriculum in educational practice

Edited by Timothy Leonard and Peter Willis
Springer, 2008
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This book is about the practice of imaginal knowing in education. Imaginal knowing is not fantasy, but is linked to the way humans imagine the real world. Imaginal knowing moves the heart, holds the imagination, and finds the fit between self-stories, public myths and the content of cultural knowledge. It is deeply personal, yet open to the universe. The curriculum, as conceptualised here, is the medium through which imaginal knowing is evoked in both teachers and students.

Educators from United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada offer a vision of educational practice seasoned in years of reflective pedagogic engagement. They speak here of a genuine and practical alternative to overly bureaucratic educational processes that can crush learners through a closed system of arbitrary standards and mindless testing. There is hope that education at all levels from elementary to professional, graduate and post-compulsory education has the capacity to break out of these artificial constraints. These authors show us ways to make this possible.

The counselling interview: a guide for the helping professions

The counselling interviewHelen Cameron
Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2008
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Effective interviewing skills are crucial for those working within the human service industries. This book outlines essential advice and strategies, and offers helpful leaning aids, thus providing developing professionals throughout counselling, social work and psychotherapy with a valuable resource for conducting a successful interview.


Sonic synergies: music, technology, community, identity

Sonic synergiesEdited by Gerry Bloustien, Margaret Peters and Susan Luckman
Ashgate, Hampshire, UK, 2007

Sonic synergies focuses on the new and emerging synergies of music and digital technology within the new knowledge economies. Eighteen scholars representing six international perspectives explore the global and local ramifications of rapidly changing new technologies on creative industries, local communities, music practitioners and consumers. Diverse areas are considered, such as production, consumption, historical and cultural context, legislation, globalisation and the impact upon the individual. Drawing on a range of musical genres from jazz, heavy metal, hip hop and trance, and through several detailed case studies reflecting on the work of professional and local amateur artists, this book offers an important discussion of the ways in which the face of music is changing. Approaching these areas from a cultural studies perspective, this text will be a valuable tool for anyone engaged in the study of popular culture, music or digital technologies.

Peacebuilding: women in international perspective

Elisabeth Porter
Routledge, London, 2007
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This book clarifies some key ideas and practices underlying peacebuilding; understood broadly as formal and informal peace processes that occur during pre-conflict, conflict and post-conflict transformation.

Applicable to all peacebuilders, Elisabeth Porter highlights positive examples of women's peacebuilding in comparative international contexts. She critically interrogates accepted and entrenched dualisms that prevent meaningful reconciliation, while also examining the harm of othering and the importance of recognition, inclusion and tolerance. Drawing on feminist ethics, the book develops a politics of compassion that defends justice, equality and rights and the need to restore victims' dignity. Complex issues of memory, truth, silence and redress are explored while new ideas on reconciliation and embracing difference emerge.

Many ideas challenge orthodox understandings of peace. The arguments developed here demonstrate how peacebuilding can be understood more broadly than current United Nations and orthodox usages so that women's activities in conflict and transitional societies can be valued as participating in building sustainable peace with justice. Theoretically integrating peace and conflict studies, international relations, political theory and feminist ethics, this book focuses on the lessons to be learned from best practices of peacebuilding situated around the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Peacebuilding will be of particular interest to peace practitioners and to students and researchers of peace and conflict studies, international relations and gender politics.

Kids count: better early childhood education and care in Australia

Edited by Elizabeth Hill, Barbara Pocock and Alison Elliott
Kids countSydney University Press, Sydney, 2007
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Demand for child care has soared over the past decade as Australian families seek to reconcile work and care responsibilities. But the cost of care keeps rising, waiting lists in many metropolitan centres are long, and high quality services are not always available.

Australia's system of early childhood education and care is fragmented, and the major political parties have failed to take a comprehensive approach to policy development. So what would a good system of early childhood education and care in Australia look like?

In this book, a selection of Australia's leading early childhood researchers, teachers, advocates and social policy experts consider:

  • the goals of a good national system
  • how a high quality and equitable early childhood education and care system can be delivered
  • What makes quality care?
  • Who should provide and who should pay?
  • training and professional development for workers
  • regulation and funding of services.

The authors offer a comprehensive set of policy principles that would deliver a better early childhood education and care regime for Australian children and their families.

Literacies in place: teaching environmental communications

Literacies in placeEdited by Barbara Comber, Helen Nixon and JoAnne Reid
Primary English Teaching Association, 2007

This book is a product of the Special Forever project, which aimed to influence the attitudes of those living and working in the Murray-Darling Basin towards the need for sustainable environmental practice, by encouraging school children in the region to contribute poems and stories to an annual anthology. The book reports on one aspect of that research. It provides accounts of the work of a group of primary school teachers, all of whom live and work in the Murray-Darling Basin, share a commitment to the Special Forever project, and have made a commitment to rethink and extend the repertoires of multimodal literacy they have available to use with their students. The chapters explore sustainability in their own particular, local, place in its relation to larger concerns for the Murray-Darling basin as a whole, and for national and global concerns for the environment.

Fresh water: new perspectives on water in Australia

Edited by Emily Potter, Alison Mackinnon, Stephen McKenzie and Jennifer McKay
Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2007

Is water a resource or is it the source? Is it something to be consumed or does it have a life of its own? Recent histories of environmental misunderstanding and exploitation shadow our current regime of water management and use. While governments grapple with how to respond to widespread drought, the situation worsens.

There is something amiss in current approaches to water. This timely collection of essays addresses the critical and contentious issue of water in Australia today and suggests a need to radically rethink our relationship with this fundamental substance. Contributors from a range of fields, from anthropology to visual arts, discuss the various ways in which we are caught up with water, and challenge us to take up the cultural transformations that underpin a sustainable ecological future.


The labour market ate my babies: work, children and a sustainable future

Barbara Pocock
Federation Press, Annandale, NSW, 2006

In The labour market ate my babies Barbara Pocock, acclaimed author of The work–life collision, examines the impact of modern working life on our children. In this book, young Australians from all over the country, city and the bush, rich and poor, talk about the good and bad of parental work: the trade off between money and time, consumer riches versus time for each other.

Pocock argues that the modern labour market is having a huge impact on today's youth and eating into our capacity to care. Children have become a 'market'. Caring for kids and selling to kids is big business, as stressed, time-poor parents struggle to care for their children and salve their guilt with presents and pocket money.

How will this future generation of workers weigh up the labour market and organise their lives? The labour market ate my babies argues that a sustainable future requires new policy approaches to work that incorporate the perspectives of children. We should:

  • ensure that parents get the time they need away from work when they need it
  • help parents get a good fit between how they want to work, and how they have to
  • provide quality, low cost, public childcare options
  • stop advertising to kids in ways that stimulate an early work–spend cycle.

Activating human rights

Edited by Elisabeth Porter and Baden Offord
Peter Lang, Oxford, 2006

This book is based on papers originally presented at the international conference 'Activating Human Rights and Diversity' held in Australia in 2003. It advances a powerful and convincing affirmation of the importance of human rights in the twenty-first century and explores the vital connections between the theory and practice of human rights. It asks what kind of vision for humanity is necessary, given the harsh realities and challenges of the twenty-first century. Through a range of perspectives – reconciliation, refugees, women, indigenous issues, same-sex sexualities, conflict resolution, environmental degradation, political freedoms and disability – this collection highlights the fact that the survival of humanity depends on our ability to connect a vision with the reality of activating human rights.

ADHD: Who's failing who? Understanding the impact of ADHD on our young people, schools and society

ADHD: who's failing who?Brenton Prosser
Finch Publishing, 2006

ADHD: who's failing who? draws on extensive experience in school, political and community environments to provide the first comprehensive guide to ADHD in Australia. Dr Prosser argues that if you only ask medical questions about ADHD you only get medical answers; and more drug use. We should not only be asking how our kids with ADHD are failing society, but also how our society is failing these kids. For instance, kids with ADHD are not struggling in school because they don't understand school work; they struggle because schools don't understand how they work. And this struggle has lifelong consequences. Yet in Australia and the United States the social side of ADHD has been largely ignored. By looking at the social aspects of ADHD, Dr Prosser hopes that this book will enable parents to develop a more balanced understanding of ADHD and help the community to provide more effective support in the future.

Dr Brenton Prosser has an honours degree in English Literature, is an ex-middle schoolteacher and for several years ran a respite program for children with challenging behaviours. Now a research fellow at the University of South Australia, he works with teachers to redesign pedagogy for schools in Adelaide's northern urban fringe.

Seeing red: critical narratives in ADHD research

Seeing redBrenton Prosser
PostPressed, Flaxton, Queensland, 2006

Seeing red explores the role of narrative in education and sociological research. Based on Brenton Prosser's doctoral dissertation, the book outlines the challenges and findings of research with teenagers diagnosed with ADHD.

Dr Prosser draws on qualitative research traditions within narrative inquiry and critical theory to produce a book that is truly creative, not only in its use of narrative methodology, but in its use of story and poetry to unravel its discoveries. This book will be invaluable to students interested in narrative inquiry because it models the implementation of a critical narrative approach and locates this methodology in broader research discourses. It eloquently reveals the potential of narrative for sociological, educational and socially just research with marginalised youth.

Community development: community-based alternatives in an age of globalisation

Jim Ife and Frank Tesoriero
3rd ed, Pearson Education Australia, NSW, 2006

This book presents important principles of community development and empowers students to understand the ways in which community development practitioners can work in different contexts. With case studies and in-depth discussion questions, this text provides opportunities to relate the discussions in chapters to real life situations, and uses the content to build skills in reflective practice. The applied nature of the book ensures the relevance of concepts and ideas to the activities of communities and community development. The third edition of Community development contains two new chapters, questions for discussion and reflection, up-to-date information, and a stronger human rights focus.

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