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    Book Review: The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do about It

Book Review: The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do about It

The increasing connectivity of people in the world is cause for joy and concern, according to scholars Ian Goldin and Mike Mariathasan in their new book, The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do about It writes Alex Verkhivker. The authors draw on the premise that micro distresses in any economic system, whether it be energy or […]

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    Book Review: Enemy on the Euphrates The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt, 1914–1921

Book Review: Enemy on the Euphrates The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt, 1914–1921

Enemy on the Euphrates: The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt, 1914-1921 documents the British Empire’s occupation of Iraq during the First World War and the subsequent uprising against its rule. The author, Ian Rutledge, offers ‘a story of imperial arrogance and plunder, and the inevitable reaction that it generates’, writes William Eichler.

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Book Review: Muslim Citizens in the West

The integration of Muslim communities into Western societies is a difficult and strained subject, with myth and misunderstanding rife. This new collection, edited by Samina Yasmeen and Nina Marković brings together academic perspectives from Europe, Australia, and Asia. While not agreeing with every word of every contribution, Elaine Housby finds the collection a useful addition to the literature in […]

Book Review: Islam: An Introduction

Islam: An Introduction gives much attention to questions of universal values, Islam and democracy, gender issues, women’s rights and pluralism, while attempting to constrain the thinking of Jihadists and radical Islamism with liberal reformist voices within Islam. William Eichler thinks a more nuanced understanding of Islam is certainly needed in the English-speaking world and this book will contribute to that. 

Islam: An […]

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    Book Review: On the Commodity Trail: The Journey of a Bargain Store Product from East to West

Book Review: On the Commodity Trail: The Journey of a Bargain Store Product from East to West

Inspired by Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project, On the Commodity Trail explores the colourful and fascinating histories of everyday objects. Susan Marie Martin finds the author’s writing style, which includes historical ironies, and parallels between concepts and lived experience, have created a text accessible to a broad, curious readership.
On the Commodity Trail: The Journey of a Bargain Store Product from East to West. Alison Hulme. Bloomsbury. […]

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    Book Review: Measuring Happiness: the Economics of Wellbeing

Book Review: Measuring Happiness: the Economics of Wellbeing

This book examines the evolution of happiness research, considering the famous “Easterlin Paradox,” which found that people’s average life satisfaction didn’t seem to depend on their income. But they question whether happiness research can measure what needs to be measured. Laura Kudrna argues this book is well worth a read for its excellent coverage of much of the happiness literature […]

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    Book Review: Pressed for time: The acceleration of life in digital capitalism

Book Review: Pressed for time: The acceleration of life in digital capitalism

In Pressed for Time, Judy Wajcman explains why we immediately interpret our experiences with digital technology as inexorably accelerating everyday life. She argues that we are not mere hostages to communication devices, and the sense of always being rushed is the result of the priorities and parameters we ourselves set rather than the machines that help us set them. Casey Brienza […]

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    Book Review: Policy change, public attitudes and social citizenship: Does neoliberalism matter?

Book Review: Policy change, public attitudes and social citizenship: Does neoliberalism matter?

Neoliberal reforms have both revealed and effected a radical shift in government thinking about social citizenship rights around the world. But have they had a similarly significant impact on public support for these rights? This unique book traces public views on social citizenship across three decades through attitudinal data from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Maxine Montaigne […]

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