Courtney A Landers: Your sons and your daughters: mental health in the age of overtime

Weary working warriors of Australia, we need to talk about what your heroic long hours, your selfless overtime, and your lack of self-care is doing to our nation’s mental health. I’m looking at anyone who associates the word “millennial” with young people who seem to feel entitled to the “good things” in life but are unwilling to put in the hard work to earn them; anyone who thinks being overworked and underpaid… Read more
Latino businessman asleep at his laptop

Dale Husband: David Williams – The Importance of the Treaty Settlements isn’t the Money

Auckland University law professor David Williams — currently a Visiting Scholar at Oxford — has applied a love of history and a sharp legal brain to researching the history of many Treaty claims. Here he talks to Dale about his education in te ao Māori — which began when he was a university student looking to find out more about his own country before leaving as a Rhodes Scholar — and his long association with… Read more
Portait of David Williams in his office

Book Review: Behavioural Economics: A Very Short Introduction by Michelle Baddeley

Homo economicus – the rational choice creature who has been at the core of economics for generations – seems to be a species in trouble, appearing to play the role of the Neanderthal to the homo praeiudicium – biased human –  of behavioural economics. Much like the homo sapien in Europe, homo praeiudicium seems poised to push its rival to extinction. At least, this is the impression one has for most of Michelle… Read more
Book cover for Behavioural Economics: A very short introduction

Māori Journal Article of the Week: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Working towards Decolonization, Indigeneity and Interculturalism by Pirbhai-Illich, Pete, and Martin

The introductory chapter provides a rationale for the book, centring on a critique of what Grosfoguel (2011) calls a “global colonial power matrix” – a modern/colonial, capitalist/patriarchal world-system of intersecting global hierarchies “produced by thinkers from the North” (p. 10). We use critical theory “to de-center grand narratives of social and political subjugation” (Martínez-Alemán… Read more

Olga Khazan: Why Do Americans Smile So much? How immigration and cultural values affect what people do with their faces

On Reddit forums that ask “What’s a dead giveaway that someone is American?” one trait comes up over and over again: big, toothy grins. Here’s how one Reddit user in Finland put it: When a stranger on the street smiles at you: a. you assume he is drunk b. he is insane c. he’s an American Last year, I wrote about why some countries seem to smile less than average—and mistrust those who do seem unusually peppy. A country’s… Read more
Smiling, happy African American woman

Andrew Robb: Glacial pace – but inexorable progress for tangata whenua

I’ve always liked the idea of New Zealand having an unwritten constitution. I was a reporter during the time when the Ngāi Tahu and Tainui Treaty settlements were negotiated and passed into law — and when some of the big Treaty cases were working their way through the court system. It felt like we were watching history in the making as the government, the parliament and the courts wrestled with what the Treaty… Read more
Lake Wanaka

Tom Waters: Bad Times Ahead

For each of his final seven fiscal events, George Osborne stated within the first five minutes of his speech that the UK had grown faster than any other major advanced economy. Phillip Hammond, at his first fiscal event, stuck to the same script. But the story of this Autumn Statement was not historical economic growth, but expectations for future growth. While the Chancellor unveiled some policy changes and new fiscal… Read more
A hand holding a Union Jack aloft emerges from assorted rubble and broken household things

Karl Roberts: Police officer suicide: it’s not just about workplace stress, but culture too

The inquest into the tragic death of former New South Wales police detective Ashley Bryant highlights the issue of suicide among police officers. Central to the inquest has been considerations of how Bryant was treated by the police force and what – if anything – could have been done to prevent his death. So, it is perhaps timely to consider the issue of police officer suicide, what factors contribute to suicide,… Read more
Female police officer walking from a grave wiping tears away and holding flowers

Māori Journal Article of the Week: Indigenous Accounts of Environmental Stewardship in Light of the Theory and Language of Maharishi Vedic Science by Fergusson, Kettle, and Wells

The principles and practice of sustainability have gained momentum in the last 15 years and now form a central part of conversations around social praxis and the future. It has been proposed that the theories driving sustainability science are embedded in Indigenous history, and it has been shown that many ancient traditions always concerned themselves with sustainable and ethical living. Among the traditions… Read more

Book Review: Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change edited by Andrew J. Jolivette

Research can be unjust, even abusive. Many people know about historical abuses such as the Tuskegee study of the mid-twentieth century in which Black American men with syphilis were studied instead of being treated. There is much less awareness that injustice and abuse are also caused by contemporary research, which is often conducted and reported in ways that perpetuate inequalities. The aim of Research Justice:… Read more
Book cover for Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change