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By Olssen, Erik; Griffen, Clyde; Jones, Frank
An Accidental Utopia? investigates a more egalitarian past at a time when New Zealand ranks fourth in the developed world for social inequality. It is our first systematic analysis of urban social structure, focusing on three major forms of mobility - marital, worklife and interg...enerational.Read more
By Stenson, Marcia; Olssen, Erik
Both serious history students and the curious lay person will find this book a fascinating, informative and lively account of the people and events that have helped shape present New Zealand society.
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By Olssen, Erik
"For the men and women of the skilled trades in the early 20th century, the skills and knowledge of their respective crafts were a source of identity and pride. Together with the so-called unskilled, who built the infrastructure for the new society, these workers laid the cultura...l and social foundations of a new and fairer society. This book uses photographs to show two processes fundamental to creating a new society: the transformation of swamp into farmland then cityscape, and the transplantation of the knowledge and skill acquired in the Old World that were essential to building a new world."--Publisher's website.Read more
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