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By Erik Olssen,Clyde Griffen

ISBN-10: 1877578037

ISBN-13: 9781877578038

An unintentional Utopia? investigates a extra egalitarian earlier at a time whilst New Zealand ranks fourth within the constructed global for social inequality. it really is our first systematic research of city social constitution, concentrating on 3 significant sorts of mobility—marital, paintings existence, and intergenerational. this allows it to spot the unique varieties taken by means of the capitalist category constitution in city New Zealand in the course of a formative historic interval, 1890–1940. by way of putting the research deep inside a selected community—one of the 2 such a lot densely settled city parts on the time—the e-book additionally demonstrates how colonists and their kids made category much less primary to social association than it were in Britain and likewise how humans created a class-based politics to guard and increase equality. The intimate account of political switch around the interval reinstates the significance of contextual research, exhibiting the necessity to examine the social and political jointly which will clarify Liberal decline and the increase of Labour. In a comparative dialogue, the authors reveal the significance of measurement and scale not just to this subject yet to sociology and background mostly, as those helped to make southern Dunedin severe in developing New Zealand as one of many world's such a lot egalitarian societies. whereas category is their significant concentration, the authors additionally convey how spiritual and ethnic divisions have been rendered extra marginal than in city Britain or the U.S.. the ultimate bankruptcy asks to what volume the remarkably fluid social styles pointed out resulted from planned offerings made by way of the 1st settlers and their descendants. via interweaving classification and tradition, constitution and employer, the authors supply new insights into the making of recent New Zealand.

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