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Book Review: Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization by Margaret E. Peters

In Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization, Margaret E. Peters explores how an increase in free trade has led to more restrictive immigration policies around the world. While questioning some elements of its structure and style, Paul Caruana-Galizia nonetheless welcomes this as a timely and well-researched study that offers valuable insight into the trade-offs between free trade and immigration.  Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization. Margaret...

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Book Review: Gentrifier by John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch and Marc Lamont Hill

In Gentrifier, John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch and Marc Lamont Hill offer a riposte to the widespread use of the term ‘gentrification’ in recent years, drawing on their own personal experiences as self-identified ‘gentrifiers’ to suggest a different understanding of urban change. While recognising that the book’s approach may prove controversial, Peter Matthews recommends this accessible read as a welcome corrective to media and popular narratives of gentrification processes.  Gentrifier....

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Book Review: Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time by Filip Vostal

In Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time, Filip Vostal examines how speed has become a key pressure within Higher Education through interviews with twenty academics based in the UK. While the empirical research could be broader, Luke Martell highly recommends the book for offering considered, inquiring reflections on the structures that are contributing to the acceleration of academic life.  Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time. Filip Vostal....

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Book Review: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions by Jason Hickel

The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions. Jason Hickel. William Heinemann. 2017. Find this book:  It is now often thought that extreme poverty is disappearing. That view has far-reaching political implications. If it can be said that the global system ain’t broke, then there is no need to fix it. In The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, Jason Hickel attacks our contemporary ‘progress narrative’, arguing that global poverty is both an urgent...

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Book Review: Protest in Putin’s Russia by Mischa Gabowitsch

Protest in Putin’s Russia. Mischa Gabowitsch. Polity. 2017. Find this book:  On a Saturday afternoon in October 2006, Anna Politkovskaya strode across the sidewalks of Moscow’s picturesque Frunze embankment and entered the Ramstor supermarket. As a co-founder of, and intrepid journalist for, Novaya Gazeta (New Newspaper), Politkovskaya had fearlessly investigated amassing evidence that the FSB (Russian secret service) rather than radical Chechen separatists were responsible for the four...

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Book Review: Gramsci’s Common Sense: Inequality and its Narratives by Kate Crehan

Book Review: Gramsci’s Common Sense: Inequality and its Narratives by Kate Crehan

Share this:In Gramsci’s Common Sense: Inequality and its Narratives, Kate Crehan examines a number of core concepts in the work of theorist Antonio Gramsci – including common sense, the subaltern and the intellectual – that can help give precise insight into the emergence and persistence of social inequalities. Drawing on such case studies as the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements, this is a timely and profound account that has much to contribute to understandings of political...

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Book Review: Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Conflict and Community in Rural Spain by Ruth Sanz Sabido

Book Review: Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Conflict and Community in Rural Spain by Ruth Sanz Sabido

Share this:In Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Conflict and Community in Rural Spain, Ruth Sanz Sabido recovers the testimonies of survivors of the Spanish Civil War and the early years of General Franco’s dictatorship from one village in Huelva province in Andalusia. This is a compelling and powerful ethnographic study that gives voice to hitherto silenced experiences of Spanish fascism, writes Jeff Roquen.  Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Conflict and Community in Rural Spain....

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Book Review: Economic Governance in Europe: Comparative Paradoxes and Constitutional Challenges by Federico Fabbrini

Book Review: Economic Governance in Europe: Comparative Paradoxes and Constitutional Challenges by Federico Fabbrini

Share this: In this book, Federico Fabbrini outlines the impact of the Euro crisis on the constitutional and legal architecture of the European Union, arguing for a shift from constitutional arrangements rooted in ‘accident and force’ to systems ‘designed on the basis of reflection and choice’. Francesco Costamagna welcomes this as a refreshing challenge to the assumption that movement towards an EU super-state is the best solution to current challenges.  Economic Governance in Europe:...

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Book Review: Energy, Capitalism and World Order: Toward a New Agenda in International Political Economy edited by Tim Di Muzio and Jesse Salah Ovadia

Book Review: Energy, Capitalism and World Order: Toward a New Agenda in International Political Economy edited by Tim Di Muzio and Jesse Salah Ovadia

Share this: In this new collection, editors Tim Di Muzio and Jesse Salah Ovadia bring together contributors to examine the relationship between energy, capitalism and the world order in light of pressing and emergent issues such as fracking, biofuels and climate change. While more attention on the diverse challenges faced by different political economies would have been welcome, the collection presents lucid analyses and grounded case studies that will be of use to scholars, students and...

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Book Review: What is Political Sociology? by Elisabeth S. Clemens

Book Review: What is Political Sociology? by Elisabeth S. Clemens

Share this:In this book, Elisabeth S. Clemens aims to produce a ‘definitive and inspirational standard text for students at all levels’. Patricia Hogwood writes that her work offers a concise overview of political sociology as the human face of politics: the politicised interactions that take place within and between the domains of family, work, civic culture and structures of government. Clemens presents key concepts, theories and schools of thought to build an excellent grounding in...

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