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

JCDR director to present at NZSEE 2017

Professor David Johnston is director of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research and a senior scientist at GNS Science Presentation date and time: Saturday 29 April, 1:15pm – 3:15pm Venue: Michael Fowler Centre Room: Auditorium Topic: Resilient Communities He will be presenting on ‘Understanding the social aspects of resilient communities’   NZEE and the Anti-Seismic Systems International Society… Read more

Māmari Stephens: What about a welfare system that doesn’t judge need?

A couple of weeks ago, on a Lower Hutt street, a woman and her children decided to do something kind for someone else. They gave carefully chosen and prepared food to a homeless man. A few moments later, they drove past the same area again, only to see that this man had thrown the food all over the street. She posted about the dismay she and her children felt at this apparent rejection of their kindness. The story was… Read more
A hooded Maori man is sleeping on a park bench using a canvas bag for a pillow and his hood his pulled down over his face.

Simon Wilson: The map that will solve Auckland’s broken transport system

Just when you thought transport planning in Auckland was beyond all hope, here’s a plan to save us all. Or something close to it. Welcome to the Congestion Free Network, version 2.0. Do you have to be a nerdy traffic analyst to fall in love with a map? Probably. I like to think I’m not one of them, so my attitude to the proposed new map of rapid transit in Auckland is limited to, you know, a deep warm fuzzy glow. Maybe later… Read more
Bus on Auckland Bridge travelling at speed

Māori Journal Article of the Week: The Importance of Leaders’ Discursive Positioning in Neocolonial Education Reform Aimed at Closing the Disparities For Indigenous People by Berryman and Lawrence

In countries around the world many indigenous students are faced with seemingly immutable educational disparities. Though these countries may have different historical and geo-political realities, a common experience they share is the negative impact, through education, of colonial policies and schooling practices. Read the full chapter here. Read more

Philip Powell: How disgust stops us from living sustainably — and how to stop it

Imagine, for a second, that the slice of delectable cake melting in your mouth was made with flour ground from insects not grains. Or that your most alluring perfume — a special gift, perhaps — contained reclaimed ingredients once excreted audibly from someone else’s bowels. The visceral, gut reaction you might experience in these scenarios is a consequence of their “yuck factor” or capacity… Read more
A whitebread sandwich made with lettuce, tomato, and cockroaches

Book Review: Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First Century Culture by Annie MacLanahan

For a casual reader of the daily news, the economic crisis might seem to be a thing of the past. Next year will mark a decade since the 2007–2008 financial crisis that leveled almost the entirety of the U.S. banking system and brought global capitalism to a brink not seen since the Great Depression. Now, newspapers faithfully report each month that the economy has added jobs, that the housing market is booming again,… Read more
Cover for the book Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First Century culture

Leigh Alexander: The Boundaries of Artificial Emotional Intelligence

I’m told I should prepare for the day an artificial intelligence takes my job. This will leave me either destitute and rootless or overwhelmed by a plenitude of time and existential terror, depending on whom you ask. It’s apparently time to consider what kind of work only humans can do, and frantically reorient ourselves toward those roles — lest we be left standing helplessly, as if at the end of some game… Read more
An exploded view of a robot drawn in white and red showing how everything fits together, including a small heart.