Book Review

Shaping Cities in an Urban Age – Book Review

Shaping Cities in an Urban Age. Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode (eds). Phaidon Press. 2018.

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We are living in a truly urban world. The opening line of Shaping Cities in an Urban Age shows no doubt in stating that ‘urbanisation is one of the mega trends of the twenty-first century’ (8). Edited by Ricky Burdett and Philipp […]

April 21st, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era – Book Review

The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era – Book Review

The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era. Barry Eichengreen. Oxford University Press. 2018.

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Any project grounded in an analogy of times past with the present will likely be a good guide for the future, or perhaps it will rather be valued as the latest testimony to the historical ignorance of the current […]

April 14th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms: Managing Soybean Production in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay – Book Review

The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms: Managing Soybean Production in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay – Book Review

The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms: Managing Soybean Production in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Mariano Turzi. Palgrave Pivot. 2018. 

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In The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms, Mariano Turzi creates and dissects an anatomy of soybean production in Latin America. Using the three case studies of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay to illustrate and contextualise his analysis of Latin America’s […]

April 7th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Hacking Life: Systematized Living and its Discontents – Book Review

Hacking Life: Systematized Living and its Discontents – Book Review

Hacking Life: Systematized Living and its Discontents. Joseph M. Reagle, Jr. MIT Press. 2019.

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We seem to live in a world in which we face ever-greater pressures to perform to the maximum of our abilities, while at the same time technological advances allow us to monitor, quantify and analyse the world in unprecedented detail. It is most […]

March 31st, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Heading Home: Motherhood, Work and the Failed Promise of Equality – Book Review

Heading Home: Motherhood, Work and the Failed Promise of Equality – Book Review

If you are interested in this book review, LSE will be celebrating the publication of Heading Home on Tuesday 26 March 2019 with the public event, ‘Fantasies and Injuries of Motherhood and Work’. More information about this free event can be found here. 

Heading Home: Motherhood, Work and the Failed Promise of Equality. Shani Orgad. Columbia University Press. 2019.

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March 24th, 2019|Book Review|2 Comments|
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    Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny – Book Review

Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny – Book Review

If you are interested in this book, you can read an LSE RB interview with Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser here. 

Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny. Sarah Banet-Weiser. Duke University Press. 2018.   

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‘In 2018, we are living in a moment in North America and Europe in which feminism has become, somewhat incredibly, popular.’ The opening line to Sarah Banet-Weiser’s […]

March 17th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World – Book Review

Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World – Book Review

This review is part of LSE Review of Book’s theme week published in the run-up to International Women’s Day 2019 (#IWD2019) to showcase and celebrate women’s scholarship across the social sciences and humanities. You can explore more of the week’s content here. 

Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. Meredith Broussard. MIT. 2018.

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March 10th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Industry of Anonymity: Inside the Business of Cybercrime – Book Review

Industry of Anonymity: Inside the Business of Cybercrime – Book Review

Industry of Anonymity: Inside the Business of Cybercrime. Jonathan Lusthaus. Harvard University Press. 2018.

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In aiming to dispel the fictitious image of cybercriminals as tech-savvy teenagers in their family basement, Jonathan Lusthaus deftly unveils how the industrialisation of cybercrime has occurred despite the challenges experienced by cybercriminals functioning anonymously. His new book, Industry of Anonymity: Inside the Business […]

March 3rd, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

The Political Economy of Italy’s Decline – Book Review

 

The Political Economy of Italy’s Decline. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela. Oxford University Press. 2018.

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The decline of democratic capitalism in Italy is perhaps the most consequential development in Europe today. While the symptoms of this decline – political dysfunction, low growth, high unemployment, wage stagnation, inequality, declining productivity – are becoming distressingly commonplace, Italy’s malaise is at once more […]

February 17th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap – Book Review

The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap – Book Review

The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap. Mehrsa Baradaran. Harvard University Press. 2017.

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Mehrsa Baradaran’s The Color of Money studies the role of financial structures in the American racial wealth gap. Noting that 60% of black Americans — relative to 20% of white Americans — are either unbanked or underbanked, Baradaran describes how depictions that attribute […]

February 10th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Data Gaze: Capitalism, Power and Perception – Book Review

The Data Gaze: Capitalism, Power and Perception – Book Review

The Data Gaze: Capitalism, Power and Perception. David Beer. SAGE. 2018.

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It can by now be taken as a given that ‘data’ or, more precisely, ‘big data’ (often even capitalised to reflect its importance), has come to define today’s society. In fact, as David Beer suggests in this book, we are permanently put under ‘the data gaze’ […]

February 3rd, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer – Book Review

The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer – Book Review

The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer. Nicholas Shaxson. Bodley Head. 2018.

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Worldwide, millions of people are overwhelmed by finance and its complexity. Simple things like getting a small loan or a mortgage, or even opening a savings account, can have terms and conditions that are complex and confusing, designed to exploit and […]

January 27th, 2019|Book Review|1 Comment|

Robot Rights – Book Review

Robot Rights. David J. Gunkel. MIT Press. 2018.

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The post-human turn in thinking about rights, privileges and agency has resulted in efforts to overturn anthropocentrism in considering both living and non-living things as well as machinic and algorithmic extensions of human beings (see here for a useful overview). However, discussing robot rights has remained, by author David J. […]

January 20th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City – Book Review

The Sage Handbook of the 21st Century City. Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett (eds). SAGE. 2018.

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Urban sociology – the study of urban systems as socio-spatial phenomena – is a relatively young discipline. A concerted investigation of the relationship between urban settlements and urban social behaviour only really emerged in the 1920s through the writings of Robert […]

January 13th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy – Book Review

Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy – Book Review

Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy. Steve Coulter. Agenda Publishing. 2017.  

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A little more than ten years ago, the US government declined an opportunity to bail out Lehman Brothers, a 168-year-old investment bank, perhaps deepening a recession that started a year earlier. Few predicted the recession and its exact causes are still a matter […]

January 6th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synecdoche and the New Capitals of Asia – Book Review

The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synecdoche and the New Capitals of Asia – Book Review

The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synecdoche and the New Capitals of Asia. Natalie Koch. Cornell University Press. 2018.

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In The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synecdoche and the New Capitals of Asia, Natalie Koch takes her readers on a journey to critically explore the ‘spectacular urbanism’ that has come to characterise the urban landscapes of a number of […]

December 16th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Dreamers: How Young Indians are Changing the World – Book Review

Dreamers: How Young Indians are Changing the World – Book Review

Dreamers: How Young Indians are Changing the World. Snigdha Poonam. Harvard University Press. 2018.

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Half of India’s population is under the age of 30. That is 600 million people, making it the biggest generation in human history. Add to that India’s growing economic and geopolitical prominence, plus the fact that it contains one-tenth of the global poor, […]

December 9th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World – Book Review

Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World – Book Review

Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World. Daniel Stokols. Academic Press. 2018.

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Social Ecology is on the move, both in the US and internationally. It is increasingly recognised as a powerful tool that helps to meet the scientific and societal challenges of our current epoch – the Anthropocene. At the core […]

December 2nd, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case – Book Review

Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case – Book Review

Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case. Mary C. Murphy. Agenda Publishing. 2018.

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During the summer, I attended the Féile an Phobail (Festival of the People) in West Belfast, where Michelle O’Neill (Vice President of Sinn Féin and leader in the North of Ireland/Northern Ireland) was on a panel talking about ‘Women in the Good […]

November 25th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto – Book Review

99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto – Book Review

99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto. Brian Massumi. University of Minnesota Press. 2018.

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Weighing in at just 135 pages, Brian Massumi’s manifesto, 99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value: A Postcapitalist Manifesto, is a slender volume. This is no ‘little book of postcapitalism’, however; to measure its value merely quantitatively via its length would […]

November 18th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|