Māori Journal Article of the Week: Fire Keepers and Fire Seekers: A Dual Entrepreneurial Strategy for Developing Indigenous Economies in a Globalized World by Dell and Haukamau

The remarkable diversity of indigenous peoples poses a significant challenge to those who seek to understand indigenous entrepreneurial strategies and how these may be conceptualised and defined. Using Māori as an exemplar we describe a dual entrepreneurship strategy for developing indigenous entrepreneurship which has both an inward focus (advancing Māori cultural imperatives and nurturing Māori communities)… Read more

Book Review: Participation and Non-Participation in Student Activism: Paths and Barriers to Mobilising Young People for Political Action by Alexander Hensby

With Participation and Non-Participation in Student Activism: Paths and Barriers to Mobilising Young People for Political Action, Alexander Hensby has produced an in-depth and fascinating analysis of young people’s activism and political mobilisation. The author focuses on the 2010-11 student protests as a case study, and answers questions such as: ‘what made these people take part?’; “who were they?’;… Read more
Cover for Paricipation and Non-Participation in Student Activism by Alexander Hensby

Michael Cameron: Climate change and migration in poor and middle-income countries

I just read this 2016 article by Cristina Cattaneo (Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei, Italy) and Giovanni Peri (UC Davis), published in the Journal of Development Economics (ungated earlier version here, which I realised partway through reading the final published version that I had already read a couple of years ago, so perhaps I should have said I just re-read this article). The article looks at how changes in temperature… Read more
People leaving a flooded street in a wagon with all of their belongings

Andrea Penman-Lomeli: Consuming la Malinche, Destroying the Myth

The myth of Mexico’s first indigenous mother holds that her betrayal marked all her descendants as bastards, but the real culprit has always been empire.
CUNNING, charismatic and sexually appealing–la Malinche of Mexico has been vilified in the historical record. She was one of the twenty slave women given by the indigenous group of present-day Tabasco, the Chontal Maya of Potonchán, to conquistador Hernán… Read more
oil painting of La Malinche with Hernando Cortez

Andrew Robb: Are Pākehā up for the challenge?

Four years ago, there was an unprecedented Chinese presence at Ōrākei marae. And that event lingers in my mind as one that other iwi and ethnic groups in New Zealand, including Pākehā, would do well to think about – and perhaps emulate. The idea of a pōhiri and festival came from Pita Sharples, who’d worked in the Race Relations Office in the 1970s but who, by this time, had become the Minister of Māori Development.… Read more
Chinese Dragon dancers perform outside Ōrākei marae

Fitz-Gibbon and Roffee: Mandatory minimum sentences and populist criminal justice policy do not work – here’s why

The Victorian Liberal Party recently announced that, if elected in November 2018, it would introduce mandatory minimum sentences for repeat violent offenders as part of its crackdown on crime. Heralded as a “two-strike” approach, the proposal applies specifically to repeat offenders and 11 violent crimes, including murder, rape and armed robbery. Shadow Attorney-General John Pesutto claimed the proposed… Read more
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Māori Journal Article of the Week:Indigenizing military citizenship: remaking state responsibility and care towards M ā ori veterans’ health through the Treaty of Waitangi by Bryers-Brown and Trundle

How does militarism reshape indigenous peoples’ relationships with settler states? In this article, we explore how military service both opens up and forecloses avenues for indigenous groups to claim new modes of responsibility, care and relationality from the state. Through a discussion of New Zealand Māori nuclear test veterans’ recent legal claims through the Waitangi Tribunal, we detail the range of… Read more

Feature Essay: Populism and the Limits of Neoliberalism by William Davies

The surge in so-called ‘populism’ over the past year, largely of a right-wing variety, has provoked an ongoing debate as to how we should characterise its central driver. To put this somewhat crudely (though not much more crudely than some of the debate’s protagonists), the choice comes down to a simple binary: economics or culture? Class or identity? An awkward new category of ‘the left behind’ has emerged… Read more
Cover of The Limits of Neoliberalism by William Davies, showing a massive bar code in the bottom half of the cover.

Yonatan Zunger: The Future of Telecommuting – Potentially Positive Economic News?

There’s a common theme in news analysis about the economy: it tells you about how some new development will prove excellent for the rich, terrible for everyone else, and help bring about the decline of civilization. So it’s a bit hard for me to say this, but I think there may be some actually positive news all around for once — and it has to do with a change in telecommuting. The story begins with the graph above,… Read more
A businessperson is typing on a laptop, which has generated a small virtual businessperson on the keyboard, which is shaking hands with another small businessperson through the laptop screen