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The Mind of a Thief

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The Mind of a Thief is about identity, history, place and belonging and, perhaps most of all, about how we create ourselves through our stories. An award-winning memoir by an accomplished writer at the height of her powers.


The Samoan Tangle

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When Hugh Laracy reviewed this book in The Journal of Pacific History in 1978 he rightly described it as the ‘product of monumental research’. Exploring the diplomatic negotiations that led to the division of the Samoan Islands between Germany, Great Britain and the USA in 1899, it is a significant study of international relations between the three late nineteenth century super powers. The Pacific Islands were pawns in an international diplomatic chess game that involved Britain’s early, but often unwilling, acquisition of Pacific territory; Germany’s scramble to get its share to bolster its prestige and trading interests; and the USA’s late, but insistent, demands for its place in the Pacific. What emerges in The Samoan Tangle is a detailed study of late nineteenth century international relations that reminds us how often the Pacific Islands have been used to satisfy great power plays on the other side of the globe.


The Uses Of Digital Literacy

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Online social networks, user-created content and participatory media are often still ignored by professionals, denounced in the press and banned in schools. But the potential of digital literacy should not be underestimated.


Time For Peace: The Essential Role of Time in Conflict and Peace Processes

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Using examples such as Hurricane Katrina and regime change in Libya, Reychler shows how time is misused in conflicts – be it the failure to anticipate a disaster, or the manipulation of time to create a false sense of urgency. Based on Reychler’s 40-year experience in the field, Time for Peace is an original and important contribution to the development and peace research literature.


What Is This Thing Called Science? (new and revised 4th edition)

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A brand new edition of an internationally renowned science bestseller.


When Blood And Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through The Soundscape Of Healing And Reconciliation

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How do people heal and reconcile after violent experiences that defy words? American academic John Paul Lederach, a peacebuilding pioneer, has teamed up with his daughter, Angela Jill Lederach, to address social healing and reconciliation through metaphors, music and unforgettable stories of suffering and hope. The Lederachs challenge the traditional notion that healing and reconciliation are best understood as linear processes, instead using approaches that explore healing as circular, dynamic and ongoing in the midst of continuing violence. The powerful cases they present include a mass women's protest movement in Liberia that forces leaders to keep negotiating until a peace agreement is signed; elders in Somalia who walk between warring clans for many years to promote a meaningful dialogue; former child soldiers who run drum workshops and grow gardens in refugee camps; and victims of rape in Sierra Leone who give poetic voice to their pain. The Lederachs illustrate the healing power of sound and vibration through tales of Tibetan singing bowls, Van Morrison's transcendent lyrics and their own personal journeys. When Blood and Bones Cry Out is a groundbreaking exploration of social healing in traumatised communities.


Workers in Bondage

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Workers in Bondage is primarily concerned with Queensland’s Pacific Islander labour force, but it begins with the origins of servitude in Queensland during the convict era before separation from New South Wales in 1859. The book also deals with the reconstruction of the Queensland sugar industry after the withdrawal of Islander labour and describes the realities of white labour and the early trade union struggles in the sugar industry. First published in 1982, Workers in Bondage is based on thorough documentary research in archives and newspapers. Underlying the text is an analysis of labour manipulation by capitalism in a new colony during a time of transition from slavery to indenture in the British Empire. It is a study of race relations in a frontier society. Workers in Bondage is regarded as a seminal study of colonial Queensland and one of the major books on the Pacific Islands’ labour trade.