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    How Latino anger about Trump has led to greater political action

How Latino anger about Trump has led to greater political action

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During the 2016 election campaign, one of Donald Trump’s main platforms was to attack Mexicans and immigrants. In new research, Angela Gutierrez, Angela X. Ocampo, and co-authors find that these attacks meant that Latinos were more likely to feel solidarity with immigrants and therefore feel angry at Trump during the election. Since the election, these Latino voters have channeled […]

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    Book Review: Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers by David Scott FitzGerald

Book Review: Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers by David Scott FitzGerald

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In Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers, David Scott FitzGerald argues that the rich democracies of the Global North have developed ways to evade the spirit of international humanitarian laws when it comes to migration, whilst simultaneously de jure adhering to them. With a rich empirical basis and a clear, accessible style, this compelling and topical book will appeal […]

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    Why low trust in government may mean Americans don’t want anything done about inequality. 

Why low trust in government may mean Americans don’t want anything done about inequality. 

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The past 40 years have seen a huge increase in income inequality in America, with the top 1 percent of earners seeing large increases in their share of all incomes. David Macdonald writes that while most Americans appear to be opposed to high levels of inequality, low levels of trust in government may be dampening their desire for measures to redistribute […]

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    Book Review: Injustice and the Reproduction of History: Structural Inequalities, Gender and Redress by Alasia Nuti

Book Review: Injustice and the Reproduction of History: Structural Inequalities, Gender and Redress by Alasia Nuti

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In Injustice and the Reproduction of History: Structural Inequalities, Gender and Redress, Alasia Nuti explores the relationship between history and the provision of justice by focusing on women as a historical-structural group subject to historical injustices that continue to impact the present. This is a very welcome contribution to the literature, writes Ebru Demir, providing both deep and rigorous analyses of […]

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    How populism can help explain the support for the 2020 Democratic Primary candidates

How populism can help explain the support for the 2020 Democratic Primary candidates

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Populism has had a resurgence in many parts of the world in recent years, and the US has been no exception. Donald Trump won the White House in 2016 on a largely populist platform, and populist candidates have become part of the Democrats’ 2020 election primary contest. In new research using nationwide data, Kal Munis, Richard Burke, Nicole Huffman, […]

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    Book Review: Here to Stay, Here to Fight: A ‘Race Today’ Anthology edited by Paul Field, Robin Bunce, Leila Hassan and Margaret Peacock

Book Review: Here to Stay, Here to Fight: A ‘Race Today’ Anthology edited by Paul Field, Robin Bunce, Leila Hassan and Margaret Peacock

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Here to Stay, Here to Fight, edited by Paul Field, Robin Bunce, Leila Hassan and Margaret Peacock, is a new anthology of the reports, essays and interviews published by the Race Today Collective, which ran from 1974-88. Tracing the arc of Race Today’s archive through this collection, Helen Mackreath observes that Here to Stay, Here to Fight is far from […]

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    Book Review: Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media by Sarah T. Roberts

Book Review: Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media by Sarah T. Roberts

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In Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, Sarah T. Roberts explores the work conditions and experiences of people employed in ‘commercial content moderation’, drawing on interviews with those tasked with detecting and removing harmful and upsetting online content. As the problems faced by CCM workers reveal the economic, social and political distortions of the digital […]

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    Book Review: The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism by Nick Couldry and Ulises A. Mejias

Book Review: The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism by Nick Couldry and Ulises A. Mejias

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In The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism, Nick Couldry and Ulises A. Mejias argue that the quantified world is not a new frontier, but rather the continuation and expansion of both colonialism and capitalism. This book shines in using the theory underpinning the idea of data colonialism to articulate sites of resistance, […]

Rethinking privacy in the age of psychological targeting

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Direct regulation of psychological targeting and privacy by design may lift from users the burden of actively protecting their privacy, write Sandra Matz, Ruth Elisabeth Appel and Michal Kosinski.

“Psychological targeting” is the practice of predicting people’s psychological profiles from their digital footprints (e.g. their Facebook profiles, transaction records or Google searches) in order to influence their attitudes, emotions or […]

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    Institutions are withstanding Trump, but it is America’s systemic problems which are the real threat to democracy.

Institutions are withstanding Trump, but it is America’s systemic problems which are the real threat to democracy.

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Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, there has been growing concern among commentators over the apparent erosion of US institutions and democratic norms, with some drawing comparisons with interwar Europe and current day Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Turkey. But, write Hadas Aron and Emily Holland, the ongoing impeachment hearings and the robustness of the Supreme Court illustrate the […]

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