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    Rules Without Rights: Land, Labor and Private Authority in the Global Economy – Book Review

Rules Without Rights: Land, Labor and Private Authority in the Global Economy – Book Review

Rules Without Rights: Land, Labor and Private Authority in the Global Economy. Tim Bartley. Oxford University Press. 2018.

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Campaigners have long pushed for legally binding, transnational rules to prevent human rights violations and environmental damage in global supply chains. But they have struggled in vain. While trade agreements increasingly incorporate labour standards, they are rarely enforced. Even […]

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    Meta-Regulation in Practice: Beyond Normative Views of Morality and Rationality – Book Review

Meta-Regulation in Practice: Beyond Normative Views of Morality and Rationality – Book Review

Meta-Regulation in Practice: Beyond Normative Views of Morality and Rationality. F.C. Simon. Routledge. 2017.

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Meta-Regulation in Practice: Beyond Normative Views of Morality and Rationality has a misleading title!  It suggests an in-depth examination of regulatory theory explained using complex and specialised analytical language resting on wider theories of the world. It is, however, a clearly written book […]

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    Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes – Book Review

Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes – Book Review

This review was published as part of a March 2018 endeavour, ‘A Month of Our Own: Amplifying Women’s Voices on LSE Review of Books’. 

Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes. Diane Reay. Policy Press. 2018.

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Fees for state secondary education were abolished in 1944, over 70 years ago; however, class inequalities in UK education persist to this day. […]

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    The Digital Academic: Critical Perspectives on Digital Technologies in Higher Education – Book Review

The Digital Academic: Critical Perspectives on Digital Technologies in Higher Education – Book Review

The Digital Academic: Critical Perspectives on Digital Technologies in Higher Education. Deborah Lupton, Inger Mewburn and Pat Thomson (eds). Routledge. 2018.

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In 2016 a contributor to The Guardian’s ‘Academics Anonymous’ section wrote a post entitled: ‘I’m a serious academic, not a professional Instagrammer’. In it, the anonymous author criticised and bemoaned the increasing expectation that academics should use […]

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    Long Read Review: Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain

Long Read Review: Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain

This review is published as part of a March 2018 endeavour, ‘A Month of Our Own: Amplifying Women’s Voices on LSE Review of Books’. If you would like to contribute to the project in this month or beyond, please contact us at Lsereviewofbooks@lse.ac.uk. If you are interested in this review, you may also like to listen to/watch a recording of Professor Akwugo […]

Seven recommended books on housing and urban development

In November 1942, the UK government published the Social Insurance and Allied Services report, which became known as the Beveridge Report, after its author, economist William Beveridge (Director of LSE from 1919 to 1937). Seventy-five years later, the LSE Festival Beveridge 2.0 (19 to 24 February) offered a week of public engagement activities exploring the five ‘Giant Evils’  in society identified in the report: squalor, ignorance, want, idleness, […]

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    Making Milk: The Past, Present and Future of Our Primary Food – Book Review

Making Milk: The Past, Present and Future of Our Primary Food – Book Review

This review is published as part of a March 2018 endeavour, ‘A Month of Our Own: Amplifying Women’s Voices on LSE Review of Books’. If you would like to contribute to the project in this month or beyond, please contact us at Lsereviewofbooks@lse.ac.uk. 

Making Milk: The Past, Present and Future of Our Primary Food. Mathilde Cohen and Yoriko Otomo (eds). Bloomsbury. 2017.

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Wishes are famously subverted – Book Review

The Future: A Very Short Introduction. Jennifer M. Gidley. Oxford University Press. 2017.

The Future. Nick Montfort. MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series. 2018.

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In 1755, the scientific ingenuity and the profound belief in progress of the Enlightenment inspired the French philosophes Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond D’Alembert to create a new type of encyclopaedia, traditionally conceived of as […]

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    The Icon Project: Architecture, Cities and Capitalist Globalisation – Book Review

The Icon Project: Architecture, Cities and Capitalist Globalisation – Book Review

The Icon Project: Architecture, Cities and Capitalist Globalisation. Leslie Sklair. Oxford University Press. 2016.

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The architectural city is a place haunted by phantasms. Across it, images flicker which at once involve and express complex cultural logics. These images are not confined to the many screens distributed around the city and found in the hands of its inhabitants. They […]

A Research Agenda for Neoliberalism – Book Review

A Research Agenda for Neoliberalism. Kean Birch. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2017.

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Neoliberalism has become a term that is more often used than fully understood in academic discussions, popular writings on the economy and/or the news media. There is a large and growing library of books on the subject, yet still students from undergraduate to PhD level, as well […]

Women & Power: A Manifesto – Book Review

Women & Power: A Manifesto. Mary Beard. Profile Books. 2017.

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Philomela in Metamorphoses. Penelope in The Odyssey. Lavinia in Titus Andronicus. ‘When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousands of years of practice,’ Mary Beard writes in her latest work, Women & Power: A Manifesto. In this short volume adapted from two lectures delivered in […]

Food, Power and Agency – Book Review

Food, Power and Agency. Jürgen Martschukat and Bryant Simon (eds). Bloomsbury. 2017.

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For those interested in exploring the connections between food and power relations, Food, Power and Agency offers an invigorating and rich account. Edited by Jürgen Martschukat and Bryant Simon, it is made up of eight key essays by sociologists, historians, anthropologists and cultural studies theorists […]

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    Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming – Book Review

Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming – Book Review

Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming. William E. Connolly. Duke University Press. 2017.

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In Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming, William E. Connolly focuses on deepening planetary crises, including climate change, and the existing, inadequate responses to these by political, social and economic actors, before outlining a politics necessary to […]

Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving – Book Review

Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving. Caitlin DeSilvey. University of Minnesota Press. 2017.  

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‘We are meddlers born’ (130), asserts Caitlin DeSilvey in discussing our relationship to cultural heritage sites. As a trainee Conservation Architect, this notion strikes at the heart of what I do, and what I hope to do more of in the future. My day is full […]

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    Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse – Book Review

Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse – Book Review

Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse. Craig Berry and Arianna Giovannini (eds). Palgrave. 2018.

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On 23 June 2014, in a speech in Manchester, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced the Northern Powerhouse (NP). To raise the economic performance of the North, Osborne called for a new policy approach building on the […]

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    The Infidel and The Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith and the Friendship that Shaped Modern Thought – Book Review

The Infidel and The Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith and the Friendship that Shaped Modern Thought – Book Review

The Infidel and The Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith and the Friendship that Shaped Modern Thought. Dennis C. Rasmussen. Princeton University Press. 2017.

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That philosophy takes friendship (philia) as its root is an etymological fact that is as well-known as it is of little interest. We are less likely to think of philosophy as the fruit of friendship […]

Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People – Book Review

Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People. Timothy Morton. Verso. 2017.

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When I think about a climate-changed future, I tend to picture something terrifying like Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road. It is grey. There is scarcity, extinction, doom. Yet, it doesn’t have to be like that, suggests Timothy Morton, in Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People: we can even do better […]

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    Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It) – Book Review

Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It) – Book Review

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Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It). Elizabeth Anderson. Princeton University Press. 2017.

In Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It), a version of her 2015 Tanner Lectures, Elizabeth Anderson argues that modern workplaces are coercive and hierarchical institutions, a fact that is camouflaged […]

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    Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing- Book Review

Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing- Book Review

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Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing. Martin Erwig. MIT Press. 2017.

Most of us enjoy listening to stories. They can serve as mnemonic devices as well as teach us about and perhaps even change our lives, lives which are increasingly fast-paced and much more digital than they once were. Whilst stories can have a transformative […]

Open Data and the Knowledge Society – Book Review

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Open Data and the Knowledge Society. Bridgette Wessels, Kush Wadhwa, Rachel L. Finn and Thordis Sveinsdottir. Amsterdam University Press. 2017.

The question of ‘open data’ may seem extraneous to philosophical discussions, but it does have bearing on the future of our political and ethical landscapes, and if epistemologists don’t engage in the conversations, the meaning of knowledge will […]