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By Grant Duncan. Society and Politics provides an introduction to the essential political ideologies and concepts that have had an enduring impact on the development of New Zealand society. The main topics covered are: sovereignty, social contract and the Treaty of Waitangi; liberalism; socialism; feminism; nationalism, imperialism and racism; neo-liberalism and conservatism; and the contemporary third-way model. Special consideration is given to: poverty and inequality; the rights of children; and superannuation.

The purpose of this book is to bring political theory and social policy concepts to life for the New Zealand reader, to highlight the political importance of our intellectual and historical heritage, and to link these ideas to their European and indigenous roots. New Zealand’s political culture has often prided itself on a pioneering, pragmatic and nonideological approach. This book challenges us to rethink that view, illustrating how and why political theory is relevant to us all.

This text will be of interest to undergraduate students of New Zealand history, social policy, politics and sociology. The reader will gain a deeper appreciation of the significance, origins and principles of political ideologies in New Zealand, alongside the key figures who promoted these ideas, and their values and social goals.
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