Dive into some of the big issues facing New Zealand with this bundle of hard-hitting BWB Texts.
These four works are combined into one easy-to-read e-book, available direct and DRM-free from our website or from international e-book retailers.
Tracey Barnett’s The Quiet War on Asylum addresses a big question: Why would New Zealand, a country that has never had a boatload of asylum arrivals in modern history, suddenly legislate for mass detention?
Jane Kelsey looks hard at the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and the impact it may have on New Zealand if enacted.
The penetrating discussion of the dramatic transformation in penal thought in New Zealand, and the lasting damage it has caused, is revealed in John Pratt’s A Punitive Society.
Robert Wade’s tour of New Zealand in 2013 caused headlines and Inequality and the West places the local inequality debate against a global backdrop.
BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Commissioned as short digital-first works, BWB Texts unlock diverse stories, insights and analysis from the best of our past, present and future New Zealand writing.
Tracey Barnett has been a contributing columnist for the New Zealand Herald, the Sunday Star Times, the Christchurch Press and the Listener, among others. She is an occasional television and radio commentator for TV3’s Campbell Live, Three60, Radio Live and formerly Media 3. Her commentary work has been published in ten countries.
Jane Kelsey is one of New Zealand’s most acute social commentators. Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, she is actively committed to social justice in her teaching, her work on Māori sovereignty, and her international research and advocacy on the crisis in globalisation. For several decades her work has centred on the interface between globalisation and domestic neoliberalism, with particular reference to free trade and investment agreements. Jane is currently researching national and international techniques for embedding neoliberalism as barriers to transformation to a post-neoliberal era.
John Pratt is Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington and Adjunct Professor of Criminology at Monash University, Australia. He is the author of Penal Populism (2007) and Contrasts in Punishment: An Explanation of Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism (2013).
A professor of political economy at the London School of Economics, New Zealander Robert Wade is a leading international writer on globalisation,inequality and world financial systems. He is the author of the award-winning work Governing the Market. Professor Wade was awarded, with José Antonio Ocampo, the 2008 Leontief Prize by the Global Development and Environment Institute.
this hard-hitting BWB Text, Professor Jane Kelsey picks apart the
current negotiations surrounding the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership
Agreement (TPPA) and comes to some disturbing conclusions.
treaty, she says in this new work, has little credible economic
rationale but could have potentially dangerous effects on our ability to
decide for ourselves how we address the economic, environmental, social
and Treaty challenges of the twenty-first century. At a time of
constitutional review, the secrecy surrounding the TPPA negotiations
raises hard questions about the future shape of New Zealand.