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    Dreamers: How Young Indians are Changing the World – Book Review

Dreamers: How Young Indians are Changing the World – Book Review

Dreamers: How Young Indians are Changing the World. Snigdha Poonam. Harvard University Press. 2018.

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Half of India’s population is under the age of 30. That is 600 million people, making it the biggest generation in human history. Add to that India’s growing economic and geopolitical prominence, plus the fact that it contains one-tenth of the global poor, […]

December 9th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World – Book Review

Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World – Book Review

Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World. Daniel Stokols. Academic Press. 2018.

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Social Ecology is on the move, both in the US and internationally. It is increasingly recognised as a powerful tool that helps to meet the scientific and societal challenges of our current epoch – the Anthropocene. At the core […]

December 2nd, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case – Book Review

Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case – Book Review

Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case. Mary C. Murphy. Agenda Publishing. 2018.

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During the summer, I attended the Féile an Phobail (Festival of the People) in West Belfast, where Michelle O’Neill (Vice President of Sinn Féin and leader in the North of Ireland/Northern Ireland) was on a panel talking about ‘Women in the Good […]

November 25th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto – Book Review

99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto – Book Review

99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto. Brian Massumi. University of Minnesota Press. 2018.

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Weighing in at just 135 pages, Brian Massumi’s manifesto, 99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto, is a slender volume. This is no ‘little book of postcapitalism’, however; to measure its value merely quantitatively via its length would […]

November 18th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made – Book Review

Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made – Book Review

Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made. Michael Zakim. University of Chicago Press. 2018.

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Unlike his father, he possessed an uncommon amount of wit, optimism and ambition. After joining a crew to guide a boat down the Mississippi River to trade its onboard shipment at the Port of New Orleans, a young Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) returned to […]

November 11th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|

Nihilism and Technology – Book Review

Nihilism and Technology. Nolen Gertz. Rowman and Littlefield. 2018.

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In this short but hugely engaging book, Nolen Gertz, assistant professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente, manages to both provide a compelling and rich introduction to Friedrich Nietzsche and nihilism as well as avoid the all-too-common reductionism of popular discourse around technology. Rather than boil […]

November 4th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age – Book Review

Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age – Book Review

Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age. Nicole Seymour. University of Minnesota Press. 2018.

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Efforts to address climate change sometimes seem to have the quality of a joke about them: lawmakers continue to put their fingers in their ears and pretend ecological devastation is a myth, while their well-meaning colleagues propose solutions that feel like rearranging […]

October 28th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Modes of Prediction – Book Review

Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Modes of Prediction – Book Review

Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Modes of Prediction. Ivan Ascher. MIT Press. 2016.

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In Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Modes of Prediction, Ivan Ascher argues that financial markets have reshaped the contemporary economy, extending Karl Marx’s theory of labour to consider how the abstraction and securitisation of risk in financial markets have profound influence on economic and […]

October 21st, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy – Book Review

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy – Book Review

If you are interested in this book review, you may like to listen to a podcast here of Mariana Mazzucato’s LSE lecture, ‘The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy’, recorded on 23 April 2018. 
The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy. Mariana Mazzucato. Allen Lane. 2018.

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Looking at the things around you, […]

October 14th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|

The Infinite Desire for Growth – Book Review

The Infinite Desire for Growth. Daniel Cohen (trans. by Jane Marie Todd). Princeton University Press. 2018.

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A decade after the 2008 Financial Crisis and ensuing Great Recession, economic growth as a principle and goal in economic theories is being questioned from numerous angles. Instead of accepting rapid, consistent GDP growth as the norm, heterodox economists, including Daniel Cohen, […]

October 7th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|

Welfare, Inequality and Social Citizenship – Book Review

Welfare, Inequality and Social Citizenship: Deprivation and Affluence in Austerity Britain. Daniel Edmiston. Policy Press. 2018.
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Daniel Edmiston’s Welfare, Inequality and Social Citizenshipprovides much-needed insight into how both low- and high-income individuals navigate citizen identities. Edmiston’s research conclusions draw upon interviews conducted with ‘deprived’ and ‘affluent’ participants in Leeds between 2011 and 2015, combined with secondary analysis of British […]

September 30th, 2018|Book Review, Featured|0 Comments|

Gore Capitalism – Book Review

Gore Capitalism. Sayak Valencia (trans. by John Pluecker). Semiotext(e)/MIT Press. 2018.
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When I first picked up Sayak Valencia’s essay, Gore Capitalism, published as a short book, I was intrigued by the title. I was able to vaguely define what I thought it meant by breaking the term in two, deducing that it had something to do with […]

September 23rd, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life – Book Review

Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life – Book Review

Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life. The Foundational Economy Collective. Manchester University Press. 2018.

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For some time now, a group of European researchers, led by a team at Manchester University, has been developing a radical new approach to economic thinking and development policy centred on the concept of the ‘foundational economy’. Foundational Economy. The Infrastructure of Everyday […]

September 16th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Heat, Greed and Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing – Book Review

Heat, Greed and Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing – Book Review

Heat, Greed and Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing. Ian Gough. Edward Elgar. 2017.

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The three terms in the title ‘Heat, Greed and Human Need’ reveal the main elements of the argument in this book. Heat refers to how climate change is threatening the limits of our planet. Human need is presented in terms of a […]

September 9th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    General Theory of the Precariat: Great Recession, Revolution, Reaction – Book Review

General Theory of the Precariat: Great Recession, Revolution, Reaction – Book Review

General Theory of the Precariat: Great Recession, Revolution, Reaction. Alex Foti. Institute of Network Cultures. 2017.

Alex Foti is a veteran of the autonomous movement living in Milan. In the late 1990s, he was among the thousands of ‘no-global’ activists who built a Europe-wide network against the globalisation of market ideology. In the early 2000s, he figured as a […]

September 2nd, 2018|Book Review|1 Comment|
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    Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In – Book Review

Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In – Book Review

Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In. Roger Keil. Polity. 2017.

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In 2008 the world entered the urban age – but high-level statistics showing half the world living in urban areas conceal much of the global reality. Despite the frequent depiction of hyper-dense centres such as Hong Kong, Manhattan and the City of London, […]

August 26th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    ‘From the Anthropocene to the Anthropo-scene’- Long Read Book Review

‘From the Anthropocene to the Anthropo-scene’- Long Read Book Review

Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction. Erle C. Ellis. Oxford UP. 2018.

Interrogating the Anthropocene: Ecology, Aesthetics, Pedagogy, and the Future in Question. jan jagodzinski (ed.). Palgrave. 2018.

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In the year 2000, the Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen and his colleague Eugene Stoermer, a lake ecologist, published a paper in an obscure geological newsletter introducing the term ‘Anthropocene’ […]

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    California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader – Book Review

California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader – Book Review

California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader. David Vogel. Princeton University Press. 2018.

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Recoiling from our screens – battered and bruised by news of compounding horrors – we realise this is not a drill. We urgently need to tackle climate change, brutal xenophobia, resurgent authoritarianism and gutting austerity. Many of us are protesting, marching, publicly […]

August 12th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy – Book Review

Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy – Book Review

Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy. Richard E. Ocejo. Princeton University Press. 2018.

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Sam Mature, a Chicago barber, was one of the dozens of Americans that Studs Terkel interviewed for Working, his collection of oral histories published in 1974. Working (subtitled ‘people talk about what they do all day and how they feel […]

August 5th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|

Economic Science Fictions – Book Review

Economic Science Fictions. William Davies (ed.). Goldsmiths Press. 2018.

Science fiction as an academic case study has long been interrogated in many humanities departments, with a genealogical approach seeming the most obvious or intuitive way to understand any given sci-fi narrative. That is, one may try to link the text to the turmoil around its year of publication and question […]

July 29th, 2018|Book Review|1 Comment|