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    Book Review: Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy by Stephen D’Arcy

Book Review: Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy by Stephen D’Arcy

Since 2011 swathes of protest, rebellion, and rioting have covered the globe. Challenging us to consider arson attacks against empty buildings, Black Bloc streetfighting tactics and industrial sabotage, amongst an array of other militant action, Stephen D’Arcy aims to show a crucial contrast between democratic and undemocratic action, rather than violence and non-violence. Carl J. Griffin is looking forward to using parts of […]

Book Review: Offshoring by John Urry

Offshoring introduces John Urry’s panoptic vision of a world in which democracy is all at sea. While the super-rich secret themselves away on extravagant treasure islands, the rest of the world is hard at work fuelling their indulgence. For Urry, the offshore world is dancing to the tune of Mont Pelerin’s neoliberal thought collective, and the 2007-08 financial crisis […]

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    Book Review: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Book Review: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty seeks to analyse a unique collection of data from twenty countries, […]

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    Book Review: Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing by Didier Fassin

Book Review: Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing by Didier Fassin

During the time of the 2005 riots, Didier Fassin carried out an ethnographic study in one of the largest precincts in the Paris region, sharing the life of a police station and cruising with the patrols, in particular the dreaded anti–crime squads. This account of contemporary urban policing aims to show that, instead of enforcing the law, the police […]

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    Book Review: Will China Dominate the 21st Century? by Jonathan Fenby

Book Review: Will China Dominate the 21st Century? by Jonathan Fenby

In this short and accessible book Jonathan Fenby successfully traces the huge inadequacies of the Chinese state from suffocating authoritarianism to long term economic mismanagement. The beauty of Fenby’s book is that it is superbly concise; with over 30 years’ experience of covering China, Fenby is able to distil complex ideas down to their core elements and burnish them with accompanying illustrative […]

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    Book Review: A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens by Guy Standing

Book Review: A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens by Guy Standing

A new class-in-the-making is emerging worldwide: the Precariat. A growing army of workers displaced in the globalized era, with no security, control over their time, nor hope for their future. Often threatened by precarity and poverty traps, they represent a new group of people in need of a charter of demands, according to Guy Standing, author of A Precariat […]

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    Book Review: Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance and the Internet by M. I. Franklin

Book Review: Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance and the Internet by M. I. Franklin

How are digital landscapes being incorporated into public space and what does this mean for civic engagement? In Digital Dilemmas, M.I. Franklin considers how publics, nation-states, and multilateral institutions are being continually reinvented in local and global decision-making domains that are accessed and controlled by a relative few. This well-researched tome of contemporary digital dilemmas positions itself well among other works […]

Book Review: The BRIC Road to Growth by Jim O’Neill

We all know the BRIC countries, but what about the MINTs? In this book economist Jim O’Neill considers how by 2050 Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey could collectively account for around 10% of world GDP. The changes described in this book are game changers: not only will they affect the lives of almost everybody alive between now and 2050, they will […]

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