Tracking Social Change in New Zealand:
From Birth to Death IV
Author: Judith Davey
Publishers: Institute of Policy Studies
Publication: May 1998
Format: B5, paperback, pp
The past 15 years have seen enormous social and economic changes in New Zealand. This book presents trends of change in everyday life, at home and in the community, at school and at work. It uses a lifecycle framework to cover all stages of life from infancy to retirement, and also, it provides analyses by gender and ethnicity to highlight differences between the experiences of groups within society. Significant trends which are tracked include changes in household composition and living arrangements, legal and social marital status, home ownership, working patterns of parents, household and personal incomes, paid and unpaid work, life-long education and health status and hospital use.
All this information is presented in a clear and accessible form, with numerous graphs and tables. As well as analysing the trends, the book draws on recent research findings from a range of sources to help explain the changes documented, and also comments on their policy implications. The book will be of use to policy-makers at all levels, to researchers and planners, to teachers, nurses, social workers and other professionals, as well as to students at secondary schools.
This is the fourth volume in the social monitoring series begun by the New Zealand Planning Council in 1985 an dcontinued by Judith Davey of Victoria University. It presents information from four census dates - 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996 - now covering fifteen years and adding an Asian group to its ethnic analysis. As with the previous From Birth to Death reports, the strength of this new work is its integrated approach. Rarely is so much information on the lives of ordinary New Zealanders brought together in so handy a form.
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