New Zealand

by Steve Matthewman, The University of Auckland and President of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand On a rapidly urbanizing planet facing unprecedented wealth disparities, global warming, and the prospect of mass extinction, the question of how to live sustainably and equitably in cities assumes world-historical significance. The majority of the world’s populations are […]

by Holly Thorpe, University of Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand In contexts of war and natural disaster, children and youth are often considered the most vulnerable. Yet although children and youth may be exposed to particularly high levels of physical, social, psychological, and political risk, simply treating children and youth as “victims” may overlook their unique […]

by Elizabeth Stanley, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand In the wake of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s ascendancy, New Zealand’s immigration website has seen a barrage of interest from people wanting to escape their homelands. New Zealand (NZ) certainly has appeal: filmmakers love to capture our dramatic backdrops, and the country is, […]

by Dylan Taylor, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand Parliamentary politics in Aotearoa New Zealand is in a state of torpor. The country’s Fifth National Government, for whom another term looks likely, has continued the neoliberal project ushered in by the Fourth Labour Government in 1984, predictably pursuing tax cuts, creeping privatization, and employer-focused […]

by Robert Webb, The University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand In Aotearoa New Zealand, the social marginalization of Māori is apparent in disproportionate rates of criminalization and victimization – a situation that parallels that of other Indigenous peoples who have experienced widespread dispossession in Anglo-settler countries. A minority population of only 15% of the general […]

by Tracey McIntosh, The University of Auckland, New Zealand New Zealand is a settler state. It has a colonial past that it must constantly confront. This means that sociology in New Zealand is well placed to critically engage and respond to the reproduction of privilege and disadvantage as they relate to indigenous (Māori) and non-indigenous […]