Christchurch Ruptures

Bridget Williams Books
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The devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch in 2011 did more than rupture the surface of the city, argues historian Katie Pickles. It created a definitive endpoint to a history shaped by omission, by mythmaking, and by ideological storytelling.

In this multi-layered BWB Text, Pickles uncovers what was lost that February day, drawing out the different threads of Christchurch’s colonial history and demonstrating why we should not attempt to knit them back together. This is an incisive analysis of the way a city’s character is interlinked with its geo-spatial appearance: when the latter changes, so too must the former.
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Katie Pickles is Professor of History at the University of Canterbury and President of the New Zealand Historical Association. Katie graduated as a senior scholar with a double major in History and Geography from the University of Canterbury in 1989. After working as the editor of Canta, she undertook postgraduate study at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where she completed a first class MA in 1991. In 1996 her PhD was granted by McGill University in Montreal. Katie returned to Canterbury to lecture in New Zealand women’s/feminist history. Katie is the author of two monographs and she has edited three scholarly collections. She has published over 40 essays and journal articles on a variety of topics.
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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Mar 15, 2016
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Pages
198
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ISBN
9780908321308
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Australia & New Zealand
Social Science / Disasters & Disaster Relief
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