Recent staff publications

Explore published work by staff at the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

International Relations of East Asia: Structures, Institutions and International Order

Professor Xiaoming Huang (School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations)

East Asia’s rapidly changing role in international security, the global economy, development and global governance are expertly accounted for in this much-needed, state-of-the-art text. Xiaoming Huang offers an engaging and informed account of the key concepts, issues and actors working in this area. Ranging from the region’s history, to culture and a comparative assessment of the region’s states, this text is informed throughout by a compelling theoretical framework.

Published by MacmiIlan, 2019.

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Choosing a Mother Tongue: The Politics of Language and Identity in Ukraine

Dr Corinne A. Seals (Linguistics and Applied Language Studies)

In Choosing a Mother Tongue: The Politics of Language and Identity in Ukraine, Dr Corinne Seals (School of Linguistics and Applied Languages Studies) presents an analysis of a new movement in Ukraine that developed during the course of the war—‘changing your mother tongue’, which embodies what it is to renegotiate linguistic identity.

Published by Multilingual Matters, 2019.

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English for Vocational Purposes: Language Use in Trades Education

Cover of bookDr Averil Coxhead and Dr Jean Parkinson (Linguistics and Applied Language Studies), and Weltec's James Mackay and Emma McLaughlin

English for Vocational Purposes provides a linguistic description of English in the context of the trades and investigates how this specialist language is used in real-world contexts. As the demand for English-speaking workers in the trades grows internationally, a major gap in the research on language in the trades is evident. Based on courses in construction and engineering at a Weltec in New Zealand, this book offers an empirical response to this gap in research.

Published by Routledge, 2019

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Apparitions: Photography and Dissemination

Professor Geoffrey Batchen (Art History)

An engaging and provocative account of photography's first commercial applications in England and their global implications. This book addresses a persistent gap in the study of photography's history, moving beyond an appreciation of single breakthrough works to consider the photographic image's newfound reproducibility and capacity for circulation through newsprint and other media in the nineteenth century.

Published by Power Publications, University of Sydney, 2019

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Trafficking Culture: New Directions in Researching the Global Market in Illicit Antiquities

Professor Simon Mackenzie (Social and Cultural Studies, Dr Neil Brodie (University of Oxford, UK), Dr Donna Yates (University of Glasgow, UK), and Dr Christos Tsirogiannis (University of Aarhus, Denmark)

Trafficking Culture outlines current research and thinking on the illicit market in antiquities. It moves along the global trafficking chain from ‘source’ to ‘market’, identifying the main roles and routines involved. Using original research, the authors explore the dynamics of this ‘grey’ market, where legal and illegal goods are mixed and conflated. It compares and contrasts this illicit trade with other ‘transnational criminal markets’, such as the illegal trades in wildlife and diamonds.

Published by Routledge, 2019.

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Fusion of East and West: Children, Education and a New China, 1902–1915

Dr Limin Bai (Languages and Cultures)

In Fusion of East and West, Dr Limin Bai presents a major work in the English language that focuses on Chinese textbooks and the education of children for a new China in a critical transitional period, 1902–1915.

Published by Brill, 2019.

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The Emergence of Modern Hinduism: Religion on the Margins of Colonialism

Associate Professor Richard S. Weiss (Social and Cultural Studies)

The Emergence of Modern Hinduism argues for the importance of regional, vernacular innovation in processes of Hindu modernization. Weiss narrates a history of Hindu modernisation that demonstrates the transformative role of Hindu ideas, models, and institutions.

Published by University of California Press, 2019.

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Embracing Multilinguilism Across Contexts

Dr Corinne Seals (Linguistics and Applied Language Studies) & Dr Vincent Olsen-Reeder (Te Kawa a Māui)

Embracing Multilingualism Across Educational Contexts brings together researchers, practitioners, and community stakeholders from around the world to present international case studies of multilingualism in education. This book seeks to empower the speakers and teachers of heritage, Indigenous, and minority languages around the world, as translanguaging also seeks to do.

Published by Victoria University Press, 2019.

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South Korean Identity and Global Foreign Policy: Dream of Autonomy


Dr Patrick Flamm (History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations)

In this book, Patrick Flamm presents the first comprehensive and agency oriented empirical account of South Korean international state identity and Seoul’s global foreign policy in the 21st century.

Published by Routledge, 2019.

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L’indigénat. Genèses dans l’Empire français. Pratiques en Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Dr Adrian Muckle (History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations) & Isabelle Merle (CNRS, France)

Based on original research in New Caledonia and France, this French-language publication, co-authored by Isabelle Merle (CNRS, France) and Adrian Muckle (VUW, NZ), is the first study of the “indigénat”, the regime designed to administer indigenous subjects in many parts of the French Empire. It examines both the origins of the “indigénat” in the wider French empire (notably Algeria and Indochina) and the particular ways in which it was put into practice in Oceania, in the French settler-colony of New Caledonia.

Published by CNRS Editions, Paris, 2019.

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Cosmopolitan Ambassadors: International exhibitions, cultural diplomacy and the intercultural museum

Dr Lee Davidson (Stout Research Centre) & Professor Leticia Pérez-Castellanos (National School of Conservation, Restoration, and Museography, Mexico)

Cosmopolitan Ambassadors provides a detailed comparison of both the intercultural production of international exhibitions by museum partnerships and by the interpretive acts and meaning-making of visitors, revealing the many complexities, challenges, tensions and rewards of international exhibitions and their intersection with cultural diplomacy.

Published by Vernon Press, 2019.

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Public Health, Personal Health and Pills: Drug Entanglements and Pharmaceuticalised Governance, 1st Edition

Professor Kevin Dew (School of Cultural and Social Studies)

Public Health, Personal Health and Pills explores the processes and effects of the increasing governance of our lives through pharmaceuticals, looking at the moral, interactional, social and political forces that shape our use of them. It demonstrates the ways in which social relationships and identities are developed, sustained and transformed through medication use.


The End of Morality: Taking Moral Abolitionism Seriously

Professor Richard Joyce (History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations) & Emeritus Professor Richard Garner (Ohio State University, USA)

The End of Morality: Taking Moral Abolitionism Seriously provides a critical examination of the options available to the moral error theorist, systematically investigating the harms and benefits of moral thought, and considering what the world might be like without morality.

Published by Routledge, 2019.

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Gateways to Understanding Music

Dr Dave Wilson (New Zealand School of Music) & Professor Timothy Rice (UCLA, USA)

This book explores music in all the categories that constitute contemporary musical experience: European classical music, popular music, jazz, and world music. Each of sixty modular "gateways" covers a particular genre, style, or period of music, and readers are asked to consider how the piece came to be composed or performed, how the piece or performance responded to the social and cultural issues at the time and place of its creation, and what that music means today.

Published by Routledge, 2019.

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