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    Book Review: Revolutionary Routines: The Habits of Social Transformation by Carolyn Pedwell

Book Review: Revolutionary Routines: The Habits of Social Transformation by Carolyn Pedwell

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In Revolutionary Routines: The Habits of Social Transformation, Carolyn Pedwell examines how social change can be enacted through everyday habits and routinised practices, arguing that such ‘minor’ gestures may be just as transformative as major events. This exploration of the conditions of political possibility is an important endeavour, write Alice Menzel and Jessica Pykett, and will be of particular interest […]

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    Book Review: Solferino 21: Warfare, Civilians and Humanitarians in the Twenty-First Century by Hugo Slim

Book Review: Solferino 21: Warfare, Civilians and Humanitarians in the Twenty-First Century by Hugo Slim

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In Solferino 21: Warfare, Civilians and Humanitarians in the Twenty-First Century, Hugo Slim explores the history, present and future of warfare and the humanitarian sector in the 21st century. Duncan Green recommends this beautifully written and significant book. 

The original version of this review was published on From Poverty to Power. 

Solferino 21: Warfare, Civilians and Humanitarians in the Twenty-First Century. Hugo […]

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    Long Read: How the constitution warps American politics and undermines democracy

Long Read: How the constitution warps American politics and undermines democracy

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As one of the US’ founding documents, the constitution is venerated by politicians and members of the public alike. In this Long Read, Hudson Meadwell writes that the growing originalist interpretations of the constitution and the republican form of government it sets out are conservative and may be in fact be incompatible with, or a rival to, the notion […]

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    Book Review: Advanced Introduction to Creative Industries by John Hartley

Book Review: Advanced Introduction to Creative Industries by John Hartley

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In Advanced Introduction to Creative Industries, John Hartley provides a new understanding of the creative industries and how they have evolved, drawing on real-life examples and case studies. In making the creative economy tangible and relatable, this book is a relevant and practical resource for those with an existing interest in the creative industries as well as those who are new […]

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    Book Review: Underdogs: Social Deviance and Queer Theory by Heather Love

Book Review: Underdogs: Social Deviance and Queer Theory by Heather Love

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In Underdogs: Social Deviance and Queer Theory, Heather Love explores how queer theory was shaped by the Cold War-era world of deviance research. Presenting a careful, close reading of deviance studies, this book invites queer theorists to reconsider their intellectual heritage; how the field of queer theory will make meaning of these connections remains to be seen, writes Dani Slabaugh. 

Underdogs: Social Deviance […]

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    Who Uses Open Access Research? Evidence from the use of US National Academies Reports  

Who Uses Open Access Research? Evidence from the use of US National Academies Reports  

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A fundamental principle of open access is that publication technology enables the widest possible audience for research findings. However, the extent to which open research is used outside of academia is often underexplored. Drawing on a dataset covering over a million user comments about their use of US National Academies consensus study reports, Ameet Doshi, Diana Hicks, Matteo Zullo […]

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    Book Review: Woke Capitalism: How Corporate Morality is Sabotaging Democracy by Carl Rhodes

Book Review: Woke Capitalism: How Corporate Morality is Sabotaging Democracy by Carl Rhodes

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In Woke Capitalism: How Corporate Morality is Sabotaging Democracy, Carl Rhodes explores how the corporate world’s calculated embrace of social justice poses a significant societal threat. This book not only unveils the hypocrisies and self-serving nature of ‘woke capitalism’, but also its pernicious effect on democracy, finds Andrew McCracken. 

Woke Capitalism: How Corporate Morality is Sabotaging Democracy. Carl Rhodes. Bristol University Press. 2021.

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    Book Review: Nationalism, Secessionism, and Autonomy by André Lecours

Book Review: Nationalism, Secessionism, and Autonomy by André Lecours

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In Nationalism, Secessionism, and Autonomy, André Lecours explores how autonomy is crucial to understanding why some nationalist movements become secessionist. By examining the institutional interactions behind secessionism, the book opens a new window of thought on the emergence of separatist movements, writes Onur Isci.

Nationalism, Secessionism, and Autonomy. André Lecours. Oxford University Press. 2021.

Nationalist and secessionist movements have maintained their influence in […]

Book Review: Pandemic Surveillance by David Lyon

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In Pandemic Surveillance, David Lyon examines the rise of surveillance technologies during the COVID-19 pandemic and their effects on privacy, human rights and data protection. This is a timely contribution that highlights the global amplification of surveillance in the pandemic age and recognises its likely long-term consequences, writes Anirudh Mandagere.

Pandemic Surveillance. David Lyon. Polity. 2022.
In his novel, La Peste (The […]

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    Book Review: Cedric Robinson: The Time of the Black Radical Tradition by Joshua Myers

Book Review: Cedric Robinson: The Time of the Black Radical Tradition by Joshua Myers

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In Cedric Robinson: The Time of the Black Radical Tradition, Joshua Myers explores the practices of organising black resistance and unpacking the complex forces that shape black life through an examination of the life, works and legacies of Cedric Robinson. The book offers invaluable insight into understanding the man behind the concept of ‘racial capitalism’ and expresses hope at […]

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