Dr Catherine Lane West-Newman

BA (Auckland), CSQW, MA (London), MA, PhD (Auckland)

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Honorary Academic


  • Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Adviser (MA) Sociology / Criminology

Research | Current

  • Critical legal studies
  • Emotions, racism and identity
  • Fashion and art, social theory

Since 1998 I have brought ideas from the sociology of emotions into this research, publishing four papers on the role of emotions such as anger and resentment and hate in relation to human rights and responsibilities in the field of ethnic relations. My most recent work explores the place of grief, loss, and fear in seabed and foreshore issues in Aotearoa. A book on emotions, law, and settler societies which draws together the past few years of work in this field will be completed by the end of 2006.

A longstanding interest in visual culture is reflected in a parallel strand of research which seeks out and analyses connections between fashion and intellectual property.

Many of my research activities pursue the complex and multiple connections between law and social justice. I am interested in the intersection between legal rules and practices and the social experience of unequal social status and power.

Dr Lane West-Newman's Research

Teaching | Current

SOCIOL 713 Sociology of Law: Human Rights

Postgraduate supervision

Thesis supervision is, I believe, the practice of facilitating the best quality of research and writing of which the student is capable and may be seen as an apprenticeship in academic practice. Students are encouraged to be intellectually adventurous, even to take risks, but always to apply the tests of focus and critical appraisal to their own work. Since I perceive graduate study to be a challenging and stressful experience for many students, I wish also to offer emotional and practical support when and where that is appropriate.


Dr Lane West-Newman's Postgraduate Supervision

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Matthewman, S., West-Newman, C. L., & Curtis, B. (Eds.) (2013). Being Sociological (2nd). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Steve Matthewman
  • West-Newman, C. (2012). Caring for the stranger: Maori perspectives on asylum seekers and refugees in Aotearoa. Paper presented at Sociolegal Conversations Across a Sea of Islands: Law and Society Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 5 June - 8 June 2012.
  • West-Newman, C. (2012). Refugee rights, manaakitanga and hospitality in Aotearoa. Paper presented at Emerging and enduring inequalities: Australian Sociological Association 2012, Brisbane, Australia. 26 November - 29 November 2012.
  • West-Newman, CL (2011). The Science of Happiness as a Technology of the Self. Paper presented at Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand: Looking Forward: Trends, Horizons and Utopias, Wellington, New Zealand. 7 December - 9 December 2011.
  • West-Newman, C. L. (2011). Intrepid Shopping: New Tourist Adventures in Emotion and Identity. Paper presented at Sociological Association of Australia Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, Newcastle, Australia. 29 November - 1 December 2011.
  • West-Newman, C. L. (2010). Between Generosity and Fear: Refugees and Asylum Seekers in New Zealand. Paper presented at Law and Society Association of Australiana and New Zealand Conference, Wellington, New Zealand. 8 December - 10 December 2010.
  • West-Newman, C. L. (2010). Who Belongs in the Pacific: Sharing Aotearoa. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Conference: Inequalities and Social Justice, Glasgow, Scotland. 7 April - 9 April 2010.
  • West-Newman, C. (2010). Review: Refugees, Asylum Seekers and the Role of Law: Comparative Perspectives - Edited by Susan Kneebone. Book Law & Politics Review (American Political Science Association), 20 (12), 671-675.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 946
New Zealand