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    Book Review: Parenting for a Digital Future: How Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Children’s Lives by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross

Book Review: Parenting for a Digital Future: How Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Children’s Lives by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross

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In Parenting for a Digital Future: How Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Children’s Lives, Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross present a timely and critical examination of different families’ relationships with digital technologies and how parents perceive and manage their children’s experiences and practices. This book does a very successful job of shedding light on parents’ perspectives of digital […]

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    Book Review: A Brief History of Fascist Lies by Federico Finchelstein

Book Review: A Brief History of Fascist Lies by Federico Finchelstein

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In A Brief History of Fascist Lies, Federico Finchelstein offers a new historical examination of how fascism does not just embrace lies, but integrates them into a distinctive, irrational structure of ‘truth’ that serves its political ends. This is a worthwhile read that provides a clear and lucid overview of how fascism perceives ‘truth’, reason and leadership, writes Ben […]

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    Book Review: Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting by Trine Syvertsen

Book Review: Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting by Trine Syvertsen

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In Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting, Trine Syvertsen studies the politics of disconnection as a practice of resistance to the intrusion of digital technologies into everyday life, locating it within the context of neoliberal self-regulation. The book offers a highly accessible overview of the digital detox phenomenon and the politics of the attention economy, recommends Kim Harding.

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The White House has become Trump’s House

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Last week the Republican Party held its national convention to nominate Donald Trump as their candidate for the 2020 presidential election. Bonnie Honig writes that the convention gave us another look at what power can look like if unchecked and unbalanced.

“Here. Don’t say I never gave you anything,” Trump sneered when he tossed a candy at German Chancellor, Angela […]

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    Book Review: Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream by Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter

Book Review: Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream by Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter

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In Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream, Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter challenge the assumption that democracy is necessarily progressive through introducing the notion of ‘reactionary democracy’, showing how narratives that claim that the resurgence of racism, populism and the far right are the result of popular demands obscure the manipulation of the idea […]

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    Book Review: Futureproof: Security Aesthetics and the Management of Life edited by D. Asher Ghertner, Hudson McFann and Daniel M. Goldstein

Book Review: Futureproof: Security Aesthetics and the Management of Life edited by D. Asher Ghertner, Hudson McFann and Daniel M. Goldstein

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In Futureproof: Security Aesthetics and the Management of Life, editors D. Asher Ghertner, Hudson McFann and Daniel M. Goldstein bring together contributors to explore how security is perceived and practised through a diverse range of examples of security aesthetics. The development of the concept of security as an aesthetic and sensory experience is an interesting contribution that will prove […]

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    Book Review: Reconstructing Democracy: How Citizens Are Building from the Ground Up by Charles Taylor, Patricia Nanz and Madeleine Beaubien Taylor

Book Review: Reconstructing Democracy: How Citizens Are Building from the Ground Up by Charles Taylor, Patricia Nanz and Madeleine Beaubien Taylor

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In Reconstructing Democracy: How Citizens are Building from the Ground Up, Charles Taylor, Patricia Nanz and Madeleine Beaubien Taylor respond to the lack of public faith in the institutions of representative democracy by calling for a ‘bottom-up’ reconstruction of democracy at the local level, drawing on examples of local participatory democracy in action. While the book explores some inspiring […]

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    Why for Black speakers, despite what they are told, using ‘Standard English’ will not lead to acceptance.

Why for Black speakers, despite what they are told, using ‘Standard English’ will not lead to acceptance.

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Many believe that if a Black person simply speaks ‘properly’, ‘sounds like a native English speaker’, or uses ‘Standard English’, their language will be accepted in the academic spaces of universities and schools. But new research from Patriann Smith shows that using ‘Standard English’ in such spaces within the US when a speaker is a Black immigrant may not […]

  • Permalink President Donald J. Trump delivers his presidential inaugural address during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. More than 5,000 military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support and Defense Support of Civil Authorities during the inaugural period. (DoD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo)Gallery

    How pushing hyper-specific – and fact free – policy proposals helps politicians like Donald Trump

How pushing hyper-specific – and fact free – policy proposals helps politicians like Donald Trump

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When election candidates and politicians address voters, they often face a choice in how they speak: they can be specific in what they propose, or they can be deliberately ambiguous. Gustav Meibauer looks at the trade-off between these two rhetorical strategies, and argues that many politicians – like Donald Trump – aim to get the best of both worlds […]

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    Trump’s appeal is built around giving a public voice for private trouble

Trump’s appeal is built around giving a public voice for private trouble

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How can we explain Donald Trump’s appeal to so many Americans? During and soon after the 2016 Election campaign Kusminder Chahal and Harris Beider interviewed more than 400 Americans in five US cities who considered themselves to be white and working class. Through their conversations they were able to decipher the contours, consistencies and contradictions of peoples’ views on […]

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