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    How to be a Geek: Essays on the Culture of Software – Book Review

How to be a Geek: Essays on the Culture of Software – Book Review

How to be a Geek: Essays on the Culture of Software. Matthew Fuller. Polity Press. 2017.

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Software is eating the world more than ever before, and we’re all facing the consequences. Airbnb is raising house prices in cities around the world; Uber and Deliveroo are preying on a pool of un- and under-employed workers to create precarious […]

May 27th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    News, Numbers and Public Opinion in a Data-Driven World – Book Review

News, Numbers and Public Opinion in a Data-Driven World – Book Review

News, Numbers and Public Opinion in a Data-Driven World. An Nguyen (ed.). Bloomsbury. 2018.

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In 1954, Darrell Huff published How to Lie with Statistics, a tongue-in-cheek guide for those wanting to use numbers to deceive. The book, now widely distributed to first-year university statistics students, outlines how statistics can confuse and muddle both writers and readers. The […]

May 20th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Leading Professionals: Power, Politics and Prima Donnas – Book Review

Leading Professionals: Power, Politics and Prima Donnas – Book Review

Leading Professionals: Power, Politics and Prima Donnas. Laura Empson. Oxford University Press. 2017.

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Leading Professionals: Power, Politics and Prima Donnas casts light upon leadership, its impact on the trajectory of professional organisations and, most importantly, the power and politics within them. The book has two interlinked strengths. Firstly, Laura Empson, the author, was an investment banker and a […]

May 13th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Behavioral Economics and Healthy Behaviors: Key Concepts and Current Research – Book Review

Behavioral Economics and Healthy Behaviors: Key Concepts and Current Research – Book Review

Behavioral Economics and Healthy Behaviors: Key Concepts and Current Research. Yaniv Hanoch, Andrew J. Barnes and Thomas Rice (eds). Routledge. 2017.

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If there is an area where behavioural economics can have an impact on individual wellbeing, it is health. Traditional economic concepts – spanning from consumption and investment reasons for a ‘demand for health’, the assumption that […]

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    Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It – Book Review

Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It – Book Review

If you are interested in this book, you may like to listen to a podcast of Evan Davis’s lecture, ‘Post-Truth: How We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It’, recorded at LSE on 18 October 2017. 

Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It. Evan Davis. Little, Brown. 2017.

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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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    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 […]