Book Review: The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy by Mariana Mazzucato

Looking at the things around you, do you think they have some value? If the answer is yes, is it simply because they have a price in the market? If the answer is still yes, then The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy, authored by Mariana Mazzucato, is essential reading. ‘Value’ used to be a primary tenet in economics. It essentially originates from the cost of production and determines the… Read more
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Book Review: Race News: Black Journalists and the Fight for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century by Fred Carroll

Amid a contentious dispute with their newspaper’s publisher, a group of journalists prepares to strike. Tensions flare as the publisher threatens firings amid rumours of union organisation and slashes vacation time in the wake of an ill-fated effort to counter a decline in subscriptions. The publisher blasts the burgeoning union as ‘an outlaw dues-collecting organisation’. After reaching an agreement… Read more
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Book Review: Race Women Internationalists: Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles by Imaobong D. Umoren

‘Wakanda forever!’ If cultural commentators are correct, these words are prophetic: Black Panther heralds a seismic shift in the global cultural landscape. The film has brought new energy to long-sustained conversations about Pan-Africanism and left viewers wondering about the relationship of the African diaspora to the proverbial continental homeland. The phrase and hand gesture from the film have,… Read more
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Book Review: How Democracy Ends by David Runciman

Regular listeners to the superb ‘Talking Politics’ podcast, in which a select group of Cambridge academics take a detached and thoughtful look at political goings on both British and international, will know about host David Runciman’s gift for separating the signal from the noise. In this extremely thoughtful book, How Democracy Ends, he identifies what does and does not threaten contemporary democracy,… Read more
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Book Review: Callous Objects: Designs Against the Homeless by Robert Rosenberger

Last year in England, it was estimated that 4,800 people slept rough. This was 15 per cent higher than in 2016, and more than 60 per cent higher than in 2010 when the Conservative-led Coalition government came to power. Given that one of the understated successes of the Labour government had been the dramatic reduction in homelessness since the millennium, current homelessness statistics, and the increased visibility… Read more
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Book Review: Heat, Greed and Human Need. Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing by Ian Gough

The three terms in the title ‘Heat, Greed and Human Need’ reveal the main elements of the argument in this book. Heat refers to how climate change is threatening the limits of our planet. Human need is presented in terms of a universalist theoretical framework of basic human needs. Greed refers to capitalism, processes of accumulation and growth and the inequality these produce. This book is particularly valuable… Read more
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Book Review: The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era by Christopher W. Schmidt

1 February 1960. ‘I’m sorry, we don’t serve colored in here,’ explained the waitress, as Ezell Blair Jr., Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and David Richmond, first-year students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College, entered the Woolworth store in Greensboro and sat down at the lunch counter. By the end of business hours, they had still not been served. They remained seated until the lunch… Read more
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Book Review: White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society by Kalwant Bhopal

White Privilege is an attempt to collate various forms of evidence with a clear objective to disprove the myth of a ‘post-racial society’. Author Kalwant Bhopal offers an argument in support of the title through a critique of antidiscrimination policy by deploying an intersectional lens of analysis. The book uses statistics and interview-based case studies to shed light on the ways in which Black and Minority… Read more
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Double book review: ‘From the Anthropocene to the Anthropo-scene’ by Leslie Sklair

Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction. Erle C. Ellis. Oxford UP. 2018. Interrogating the Anthropocene: Ecology, Aesthetics, Pedagogy, and the Future in Question. jan jagodzinski (ed.). Palgrave. 2018. In the year 2000, the Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen and his colleague Eugene Stoermer, a lake ecologist, published a paper in an obscure geological newsletter introducing the term ‘Anthropocene’… Read more
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LSE RB Feature Essay: Populism and the Limits of Neoliberalism by William Davies

The surge in so-called ‘populism’ over the past year, largely of a right-wing variety, has provoked an ongoing debate as to how we should characterise its central driver. To put this somewhat crudely (though not much more crudely than some of the debate’s protagonists), the choice comes down to a simple binary: economics or culture? Class or identity? An awkward new category of ‘the left behind’ has emerged… Read more
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