Since colonisation, New Zealand has been mythologised as a 'land of milk and honey'-a promised land of natural abundance and endless opportunity-but does this country live up to its mythology? In this introductory textbook for first year sociology students, 21 of this country's leading social scientists look at our politics, our people and our problems to help readers make sense of contemporary New Zealand. For sociology students and for a wider audience of New Zealanders, A Land of Milk and Honey? Making Sense of Aoetearoa New Zealand is a lively introduction to where we have come from, where we are now, and where New Zealand society might be headed.
Avril Bell is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Auckland. Her research centres on the legacy of settler colonialism in making sense of Pakeha identities, New Zealand national identity and Maori-Pakeha relations.
Vivienne Elizabeth is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Auckland. She brings a gendered lens to thinking about contemporary family life in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Tracey McIntosh is an Associate Professor in Sociology and Co-Director of Nga Pae O te Maramatanga New Zealand 's Maori Centre of Research Excellence. Her teaching and research interests include incarceration, Maori women and prison, Indigenous peoples and the criminal justice system.
Matt Wynyard recently completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Auckland. His research interests include political economy, colonisation, agriculture and the environment and the sociology of food.