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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 […]

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 […]

September 17th, 2017|Book Review, Daniel Zwi|0 Comments|
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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 […]