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    Book Review: Radical War: Data, Attention and Control in the Twenty-First Century by Matthew Ford and Andrew Hoskins

Book Review: Radical War: Data, Attention and Control in the Twenty-First Century by Matthew Ford and Andrew Hoskins

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In Radical War: Data, Attention and Control in the Twenty-First Century, Matthew Ford and Andrew Hoskins explore how digital technologies, datafication and related media practices have transformed war today. This  timely book invites readers to reconsider the changing relationship between media and conflict that has given rise to ‘radical war’, writes Scott Timcke. 

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    Book Review: Adam Smith Reconsidered: History, Liberty, and the Foundations of Modern Politics by Paul Sagar

Book Review: Adam Smith Reconsidered: History, Liberty, and the Foundations of Modern Politics by Paul Sagar

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In Adam Smith Reconsidered: History, Liberty, and the Foundations of Modern Politics, Paul Sagar offers a new appraisal of the work of the influential economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith, retrieving Smith’s legacy from simplistic readings to show him as a complex thinker whose work matured, developed and shifted across his life. Anyone interested in Adam Smith or the history of political […]

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    Hirers scrutinising veterans’ social media tend to stigmatise those with post-traumatic stress disorder

Hirers scrutinising veterans’ social media tend to stigmatise those with post-traumatic stress disorder

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Military veterans are vulnerable to having their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) discovered on social media by hiring agents. Veterans with PTSD tend to be more stigmatised than veterans without the condition and are less likely to get an interview. They are often judged as more likely to engage in counterproductive behaviours such as saying something hurtful to someone at work, […]

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    Before vaccines, government interventions were more effective at controlling COVID-19 when combined with economic support measures

Before vaccines, government interventions were more effective at controlling COVID-19 when combined with economic support measures

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Before the development of COVID-19 vaccines to reduce the spread of the virus, US state and federal authorities were limited to non-pharmaceutical interventions such as school and workplace closures, the cancelation of public events, and public information campaigns. In new research, Theologos Dergiades, Costas Milas, Elias Mossialos, and Theodore Panagiotidis look at the effects of these interventions in the […]

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    How modernization meant America’s prisons became an instrument of punishment

How modernization meant America’s prisons became an instrument of punishment

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The nature of prisons as places where confinement is a form of punishment has made efforts to reform them difficult. Steven Niedbala writes on the history of American prison architecture since the early 19th century. He argues that the ways prisons have been reformed – architecturally and relationally – have simply displaced the punitive nature of the prison system […]

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    Book Review: Criminal Contagion: How Mafias, Gangsters and Scammers Profit from a Pandemic by Tuesday Reitano and Mark Shaw

Book Review: Criminal Contagion: How Mafias, Gangsters and Scammers Profit from a Pandemic by Tuesday Reitano and Mark Shaw

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In Criminal Contagion: How Mafias, Gangsters and Scammers Profit from a Pandemic, Tuesday Reitano and Mark Shaw explore how organised crime has adapted and flourished during the COVID-19 pandemic by exploiting human vulnerability. Parisa Kabir recommends this expertly written book to readers who want to learn more about the impacts of COVID-19 on organised crime and how dimensions of global health intersect […]

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    Book Review: Reimagining Sustainable Cities: Strategies for Designing Greener, Healthier, More Equitable Communities by Stephen M. Wheeler and Christina D. Rosan

Book Review: Reimagining Sustainable Cities: Strategies for Designing Greener, Healthier, More Equitable Communities by Stephen M. Wheeler and Christina D. Rosan

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In Reimagining Sustainable Cities: Strategies for Designing Greener, Healthier, More Equitable Communities, Stephen M. Wheeler and Christina D. Rosan explore ways to make urban places more sustainable, drawing on examples from across the world. This book presents a rich and useful starting point for reimagining and reinvigorating cities today, writes Helen Traill. 

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Worktime reductions are only natural in a growing economy

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Worktime reductions are often invoked by the anti-capitalist and post-growth literature. And yet, there’s nothing anti-capitalist about a shorter workweek. Over the past 200 years, since the Industrial Revolution sparked an unprecedented acceleration in economic growth, working hours have been on a steep decline. Alessio Terzi writes that today’s conversations about a three-day weekend are not a shift in […]

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    How future Supreme Court rulings may fuel the decline of religion in the US

How future Supreme Court rulings may fuel the decline of religion in the US

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Following the Supreme Court’s ruling which overturned Roe V. Wade, there has been fresh concern that subsequent cases may also overturn the right to same-sex relationships and marriage. In new research Jacob R. Neiheisel and Paul A. Djupe examine the link between changing attitudes towards gay rights and Americans’ declining religiosity. They find that increasing support for same-sex marriage over time […]

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    Misperceptions are much harder to correct in people who know less than they think they do about politics.

Misperceptions are much harder to correct in people who know less than they think they do about politics.

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The rise of political misinformation has become an important topic, as it can influence electoral outcomes. But correcting misinformation is complicated and often difficult. In new research, Ian G. Anson examines the link between people’s confidence and their own political beliefs and the ability to correct them. He finds that the more overconfident someone is about what they believe, […]

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