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    Book Review: The Neopopular Bubble: Speculating on ‘the People’ in Late Modern Democracy by Péter Csigó

Book Review: The Neopopular Bubble: Speculating on ‘the People’ in Late Modern Democracy by Péter Csigó

In The Neopopular Bubble: Speculating on ‘the People’ in Late Modern Democracy, Péter Csigó argues that the financial crisis of 2008 has exposed novel forms of sense-making that have come to dominate public discourse: mechanisms that are collective, speculative and mythological in nature, resulting in autonomous discursive ‘bubbles’ that are largely immune to falsification. The book provides a foundation for a new […]

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February 11th, 2018|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: The Borders of ‘Europe’: Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering edited by Nicholas De Genova

Book Review: The Borders of ‘Europe’: Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering edited by Nicholas De Genova

The collection The Borders of ‘Europe’: Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering, edited by Nicholas De Genova, offers a compelling in-depth analysis of immigration to Europe through contributions that repeatedly go to the heart of contemporary policy conundrums. Suggesting ways in which scholar-activists can make a potential difference, this book offers a thorough education in the implications of Europe’s evolving, unwieldy border […]

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February 4th, 2018|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology edited by Xavier Guillaume and Pinar Bilgin

Book Review: Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology edited by Xavier Guillaume and Pinar Bilgin

In the Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology, editors Xavier Guillaume and Pinar Bilgin bring together contributors to explore methodologies, theories and sites of analysis emerging out of and extending beyond the meeting point of international, political and sociological study. Hesham Shafick explores how the volume reveals both the opportunities and risks for IPS scholarship today. 
Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology. Xavier Guillaume and Pinar Bilgin (eds). […]

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    Book Review: The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff

Book Review: The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff

In The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, Maya Jasanoff argues that novelist Joseph Conrad’s life and works evidence a global world in the making at the end of the nineteenth century. Padraic X. Scanlan praises this as an impressive experiment in the genre, but asks: without fully contending with the racist imaginary that shaped much of his work, can we so seamlessly embrace Conrad as […]

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    Book Review: Building Better Societies: Promoting Social Justice in a World Falling Apart edited by Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow

Book Review: Building Better Societies: Promoting Social Justice in a World Falling Apart edited by Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow

In Building Better Societies: Promoting Social Justice in a World Falling Apart, editors Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow make a moral case for the social sciences to challenge a prevailing neoliberal climate based around profit-making and individualism. The book’s central message — that the notion of the social needs to be reclaimed and restored for a better society — makes this a relevant and timely addition to […]

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    Book Review: Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland: Cross-Border Flows in Gay and Lesbian Magazines by Lukasz Szulc

Book Review: Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland: Cross-Border Flows in Gay and Lesbian Magazines by Lukasz Szulc

In Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland: Cross-Border Flows in Gay and Lesbian Magazines, Lukasz Szulc examines the emergence of Polish gay and lesbian magazines in the 1980s, challenging the perception of LGBT activism as a post-1989 discourse in Central and Eastern Europe. Drawing upon a diverse and rich array of resources, this is a fascinating and convincing study that suggests valuable avenues for […]

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    Book Review: English Uprising: Brexit and the Mainstreaming of the Far Right by Paul Stocker

Book Review: English Uprising: Brexit and the Mainstreaming of the Far Right by Paul Stocker

In England Uprising: Brexit and the Mainstreaming of the Far Right, Paul Stocker offers a historical account of the rise of far-right movements in the UK from the early twentieth century to the present, showing how the gradual mainstreaming of far-right discourse impacted upon the recent UK Brexit vote. This book is an excellent primer for those looking to understand the changing influence of […]

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December 31st, 2017|Book Reviews, featured|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: Humiliation in International Relations: A Pathology of Contemporary International Systems by Bertrand Badie

Book Review: Humiliation in International Relations: A Pathology of Contemporary International Systems by Bertrand Badie

In Humilitation in International Relations: A Pathology of Contemporary International Systems, Bertrand Badie addresses the longstanding use of humiliation as a systemic practice wielded by dominant powers within the international state system. While Badie’s optimism regarding the capacity of greater social integration to quell the consequences of humiliation may not convince all readers, this important book and its fascinating historical examples are more relevant […]

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December 24th, 2017|Book Reviews, featured|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice: The Families of the Disappeared by Iosif Kovras

Book Review: Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice: The Families of the Disappeared by Iosif Kovras

In Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice: The Families of the Disappeared, Iosif Kovras looks at the varying mobilisations of the families of the disappeared through four case studies – Chile, Cyprus, Lebanon and South Africa. Emphasising the importance of context in shaping the objectives and success of the different movements, this is a thought-provoking contribution to the critical literature on […]

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December 17th, 2017|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Ethnic Mobilization, Violence and the Politics of Affect: The Serb Democratic Party and the Bosnian War by Adis Maksić

Book Review: Ethnic Mobilization, Violence and the Politics of Affect: The Serb Democratic Party and the Bosnian War by Adis Maksić

In Ethnic Mobilization, Violence and the Politics of Affect: The Serb Democratic Party and the Bosnian War, Adis Maksić offers a comprehensive and insightful account of the processes through which Bosnian Serbs became ethnically mobilised around the Serb Democratic Party. Sarah Correia finds this to be an essential book for anyone studying the Bosnian war, the dynamics of ethnic conflict and nation formation.
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    Book Review: Diploma Democracy: The Rise of Political Meritocracy by Mark Bovens and Anchrit Wille

Book Review: Diploma Democracy: The Rise of Political Meritocracy by Mark Bovens and Anchrit Wille

In Diploma Democracy: The Rise of Political Meritocracy, Mark Bovens and Anchrit Wille examine how Western democracies are shaped by educational inequalities that lead to gaps in political participation and governments being dominated by academic elites. While less sure of some of the authors’ solutions for these ‘diploma democracies’, Jameel Hampton finds the book to be a convincing account of the influence of education on political […]

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December 3rd, 2017|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style and Representation by Benjamin Moffitt

Book Review: The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style and Representation by Benjamin Moffitt

In The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style and Representation, Benjamin Moffitt approaches populism as a political style that is mediated through symbols, disseminated through the mass media and performed through verbal and non-verbal modes of communication. While suggesting Moffitt’s work is more an extension of the discourse school than a radical break from it, Ben Margulies welcomes this as an important contribution […]

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November 26th, 2017|featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Robert McNamara’s Other War: The World Bank and International Development by Patrick Allan Scharma

Book Review: Robert McNamara’s Other War: The World Bank and International Development by Patrick Allan Scharma

In Robert McNamara’s Other War: The World Bank and International Development, Patrick Allan Scharma attends to the lesser-studied final act of McNamara’s political career – his role as leader of the World Bank. This thoroughly researched book offers a detailed and memorable account of both McNamara and this vital moment in the history of global economic development, yet occasionally pulls its punches when […]

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November 19th, 2017|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: A Short History of the Russian Revolution by Geoffrey Swain

Book Review: A Short History of the Russian Revolution by Geoffrey Swain

In A Short History of the Russian Revolution, Geoffrey Swain challenges the historical narrative that the Bolsheviks co-opted an otherwise reform-minded labour movement for revolutionary purposes, instead underscoring the radicalism of Russian workers. Barton Edgerton finds that above all the book suggests the contingency of the multiple events behind the Revolution. 
A Short History of the Russian Revolution. Geoffery Swain. IB Tauris. 2016.
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November 12th, 2017|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World by Michael Ignatieff

Book Review: The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World by Michael Ignatieff

In The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World, Michael Ignatieff aims to take ethics out of the seminar room by examining the role of ‘ordinary virtues’ such as trust, forgiveness and reconciliation in local contexts and settings. While the book travels the globe to underscore both the fragility and strength of community-based networks of solidarity as part of Ignatieff’s broader commitment to political […]

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November 5th, 2017|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe by Dimitar Bechev

Book Review: Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe by Dimitar Bechev

In Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe, Dimitar Bechev offers a nuanced and cool-headed account that challenges dominant narratives surrounding Russia’s influence in Southeast Europe. With the book emphasising the role of pragmatism over ideology when it comes to understanding relations between Russia and the Balkan states, this meticulously researched study is essential reading, recommends Tena Prelec. 
Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe. Dimitar […]

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Book Review: Guilty Men: Brexit Edition by Cato the Younger

In his book, Guilty Men: Brexit Edition, reviewed here by Tim Oliver, Cato the Younger argues that Brexit is as big and as dangerous a mistake as that of appeasement in the 1930s. Taking up the pen of his great grandfather, whose 1940 book of the same name destroyed the reputations of those responsible for appeasement, Cato the Younger is no less damning of the […]

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    Book Review: Analysing Corruption: An Introduction by Dan Hough

Book Review: Analysing Corruption: An Introduction by Dan Hough

In Analysing Corruption: An Introduction, Dan Hough offers a new textbook that underscores the difficulties of defining, measuring and analysing corruption. While arguing that some of the challenges facing corruption research and policy may be overstated in the book, this is a good wide-ranging introduction to some of the main ideas and evidence driving the study of corruption today, finds Paul Caruana-Galizia. 
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    Book Review: Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge by Margaret Willson

Book Review: Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge by Margaret Willson

In Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge, Margaret Willson offers a new ethnographic study that traces a largely forgotten history of Icelandic seawomen, eloquently weaving together the past and the present. This book shows how deep curiosity and the posing of seemingly small questions can lead to large-scale insights, and should be read by all those interested in ethnography, recommends Younes Saramifar. 
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    Book Review: A Little History of Economics by Niall Kishtainy

Book Review: A Little History of Economics by Niall Kishtainy

In A Little History of Economics, Niall Kishtainy details the complex trajectory of economics from ancient Greece to the present, drawing on a wealth of historical knowledge, illuminating anecdotes and examples as well as imaginative metaphors to trace the evolution of economic thinking. But, asks Madeline McSherry, where are the women in this history? 
A Little History of Economics. Niall Kishtainy. Yale University Press. […]

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September 24th, 2017|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|