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Doing Research in the Business World – Book Review

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Doing Research in the Business World. David E. Gray. Sage, 2017.

Alongside what might be described as a form of popular, at the moment largely guru- and consultant-driven appetite for AI, robotics, machine learning and other new varieties of techno-mathematical prescriptions within the field of business and management, a craze for analytics can be added. How much of […]

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    Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming – Book Review

Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming – Book Review

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Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming. Andreas Malm. Verso. 2016.

In this bold, original and provocative book, Andreas Malm offers a radical reinterpretation of the origins of the steam age as means to challenge conventional analyses of global warming. He aims to develop a Marxist account of climate change that emphasises […]

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    How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing Us: The Discipline at a Crossroads – Book Review

How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing Us: The Discipline at a Crossroads – Book Review

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How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing Us: The Discipline at a Crossroads. Steven Payson. Lexington Books. 2017.

The academic discipline of economics has been subject to a growing level of criticism, from both within and outside the academy. Often led by students, the criticisms of economists and their ideas are myriad and frequently related to their perceived position […]

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    The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty-First Century: The Piketty Opportunity – Book Review

The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty-First Century: The Piketty Opportunity – Book Review

 

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The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty-First Century: The Piketty Opportunity. Pat Hudson and Keith Tribe (eds). Columbia University Press. 2017. 

Riding on the back of the economic crisis and the Occupy Movement’s role in reigniting the inequality debate, Thomas Piketty’s seminal work Capital in the Twenty-First Century fell not only into the centre of many academic discussions […]

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    Disrupt This! MOOCs and the Promise of Technology – Book Review

Disrupt This! MOOCs and the Promise of Technology – Book Review

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Disrupt This! MOOCs and the Promise of Technology. Karen Head. University Press of New England. 2017.

As I was finishing this book, I noticed an announcement on Twitter posted by my school for a public event about the future of education aided by technology. Not only this, but the conversation hashtag was a combination of the corporate partner’s […]

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    Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that We Understand to Money that Understands Us – Book Review

Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that We Understand to Money that Understands Us – Book Review

Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that We Understand to Money that Understands Us. David Birch. London Publishing Partnership. 2017.

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The rapid proliferation of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin most prominent among them, has seized the attention of financial regulators and traditional industry players. Many do not like what they see. The US Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled that some […]

Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge – Book Review

Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge. Margaret Willson. Museum Tusculanum Press/University of Washington Press. 2016.

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Ethnography, the backbone of cultural anthropology, is an exhausting task for a researcher. First, convincing the social scientific community that the chosen inquiry is socially relevant before stepping into the field. Then, proving the realities that one describes exist […]

A Little History of Economics – Book Review

A Little History of Economics. Niall Kishtainy. Yale University Press. 2017.

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Over the past two years, the Western world has seen a growing interest in protectionism. Donald Trump rode a wave of anti-trade rhetoric to a presidential victory, while anti-globalisation discourse dominated the lead-up to the French election. Meanwhile, the UK is negotiating the terms of its exit […]

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    Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future – Book Review

Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future – Book Review

Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future. 2nd Ed. Richard Susskind. Oxford University Press. 2017.

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Richard Susskind OBE is known as one of the UK’s foremost commentators on the law and technology and the future of the professions in a post-industrial, technology-driven society. In the second edition of Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future, he aims to […]

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    We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves – Book Review

We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves – Book Review

We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves. John Cheney-Lippold. NYU Press. 2017.

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In 2013, a 41-year-old man named Mark Hemmings dialled 999 from his home in Stoke-on-Trent. He pleaded with the operator for an ambulance, telling them that ‘my stomach is in agony’, that ‘I’ve got lumps in my stomach’, that he was vomiting […]

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    The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity and Antagonism Online – Book Review

The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity and Antagonism Online – Book Review

The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online. Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner. Polity. 2017.

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Whitney Phillips, winner of the Nancy Baym book award for her work on trolling and mainstream culture (2015), and Ryan M. Milner, author of the World Made Meme (2016), turn their sharp focus to the weird world of internet culture. In this […]

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    Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China – Book Review

Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China – Book Review

Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China. Julian Gewirtz. Harvard University Press. 2017.

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I can still remember the days when we sang ‘socialism is good, socialism is good, people are highly valued in a socialist country’ at primary school, and the shock at seeing some elders start private businesses. Shouldn’t urban people have […]

September 3rd, 2017|Book Review, Yao Han|0 Comments|
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    Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime – Book Review

Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime – Book Review

Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime. Bruno Latour (trans. by Catherine Porter). Polity Press. 2017.

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Hesiod’s Theogony recounts the genesis of Gaia as the Earth, a feminised primordial deity who simultaneously emerges with Eros and Tartarus out of the antecedent void of Chaos to become ‘the ever-sure foundations of the deathless ones who hold the […]

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    Pharmocracy: Value, Politics and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine – Book Review

Pharmocracy: Value, Politics and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine – Book Review

Pharmocracy: Value, Politics and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine. Kaushik Sunder Rajan. Duke University Press. 2017.  

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Big pharma abusing poor girls in the developing world? Governments beholden to the global pharmaceutical market? These sorts of conjectures are commonplace in contemporary discourse in global health and political economy, and this book illustrates and explores another example. In Pharmocracy: Value, […]

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    Brazil in Transition: Beliefs, Leadership and Institutional Change – Book Review

Brazil in Transition: Beliefs, Leadership and Institutional Change – Book Review

Brazil in Transition: Beliefs, Leadership and Institutional Change. Lee J. Alston, Marcus André Melo, Bernardo Mueller and Carlos Pereira. Princeton University Press. 2016.

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Do beliefs create fiscally sound social inclusion in Brazil? Brazil in Transition: Beliefs, Leadership and Institutional Change contributes to the modernisation ‘transition’ literature by offering a case study of Brazil’s economic and social development since […]

Reading List: A Brexit Summer Reading Guide

Summer brings with it a host of reading lists on what to take away with you to while away the hours by the poolside or on the beach. The thought of a guide on what books to take away to read on Brexit might fill most people with horror. Even though Brexit negotiations are now underway, ‘banging on about […]

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    The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable – Book Review

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable – Book Review

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. Amitav Ghosh. University of Chicago Press. 2016.

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It is difficult to confront the spectre of climate change without a sense of incipient doom. At times this existential malady seems best personified in Jean-Paul Sartre’s play Huis Clos (No Exit), in which three condemned characters, incarcerated in hell, face an […]

50 Economics Classics – Book Review

50 Economics Classics. Tom Butler-Bowdon. Nicholas Brealey. 2017.

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As Tom Butler-Bowdon writes in his new book, 50 Economics Classics, students of economics, unlike those studying philosophy or literature, rarely read further than a few decades back. Economics education suffers from a tyranny of the present: learning is pretty much monopolised by the selective distillations of past economic thought […]

Hackerspaces: Making the Maker Movement – Book Review

Hackerspaces: Making the Maker Movement. Sarah R. Davies. Wiley. 2017.

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In Hackerspaces: Making the Maker Movement, Sarah R. Davies looks beyond the hype about ‘the New Industrial Revolution’ to address what happens in real-life hackerspaces and why hacking and making – terms Davies and many of her respondents use interchangeably – are having such a high profile moment. […]

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    Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming – Book Review

Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming – Book Review

Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming. Andreas Malm. Verso. 2016.

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In this bold, original and provocative book, Andreas Malm offers a radical reinterpretation of the origins of the steam age as means to challenge conventional analyses of global warming. He aims to develop a Marxist account of climate change that emphasises […]