Book Review

Young Working-Class Men in Transition – Book Review

Young Working-Class Men in Transition. Steven Roberts. Routledge. 2018.

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Steven Roberts’s book Young Working-Class Men in Transition provides a much-needed intervention into the field of critical studies on men and masculinities. This seven-year longitudinal study of young men from working-class backgrounds in the south-east of England counters dominant narratives of working-class men as regressive, violent and upholding […]

June 9th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties – Book Review

The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties – Book Review

The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties. Paul Collier. Allen Lane. 2018.  

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Prominent economist Paul Collier offers a forthright discussion of capitalism in his new book with candid personal touches. Shedding light on a topic under constant discussion, Collier undertakes diligent work in The Future of Capitalism. Staying away from clichés and easy dichotomies, the book […]

June 2nd, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Commodity: The Global Commodity System in the 21st Century – Book Review

Commodity: The Global Commodity System in the 21st Century – Book Review

Commodity: The Global Commodity System in the 21st Century. Photis Lysandrou. Routledge. 2019.

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Classical political economy begins from the premise that capitalism must be understood as an integrated social, political and economic order. This presents a number of methodological challenges. The capitalist world is multifaceted, operates at numerous geographical scales and is embedded within an intricate web […]

May 26th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students – Book Review

The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students – Book Review

The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Anthony Abraham Jack. Harvard University Press. 2019.

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The field of social mobility studies lives through vibrant times. Against the backdrop of the dominant Nuffield ‘paradigm’ led by John Goldthorpe and primarily dedicated to measuring intergenerational mobility patterns at the national level, a plethora of recent work has uncovered […]

May 19th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice – Book Review

Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice – Book Review

Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice. Bikem Ekberzade. Zed Books. 2018.

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Bikem Ekberzade’s Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice tells the moving story of Native American protesters during the 2017 conflict surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and dives into condemning detail of the US federal government’s treatment of […]

May 12th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Transformations of Trade Unionism: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Workers Organizing in Europe and the US, 18th-21st Centuries – Book Review

Transformations of Trade Unionism: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Workers Organizing in Europe and the US, 18th-21st Centuries – Book Review

Transformations of Trade Unionism: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Workers Organizing in Europe and the United States, Eighteenth to Twenty-First Centuries. Ad Knotter. Amsterdam University Press. 2018.

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With few exceptions, all advanced economies have experienced a decline in union density and power. Many scholars have linked contemporary income disparities to […]

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    Before the Neoliberal Turn: The Rise of Energy Finance and the Limits to US Foreign Economic Policy – Book Review

Before the Neoliberal Turn: The Rise of Energy Finance and the Limits to US Foreign Economic Policy – Book Review

Before the Neoliberal Turn: The Rise of Energy Finance and the Limits to US Foreign Economic Policy. Simone Selva. Palgrave. 2018.

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‘If we abandon Saudi [Arabia] it would be a terrible mistake,’ said US President Donald Trump, making a reference to the Kingdom’s influence over oil prices while explaining the US government’s position regarding the murder of […]

April 28th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

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|