Tag: New Books in Political Science

Claudio Sopranzetti, “Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility and Politics in Bangkok” (U California Press, 2017)

Madhuri Karak , March 9th, 2018


When the army brutally dispersed Red Shirts protestors in Bangkok’s busy commercial district in May 2010, motorcycle taxi drivers emerged as a key force, capable of playing cat-and-mouse…


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Nader Hashimi and Danny Postel, eds. “Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East” (Oxford UP, 2017)

Nadirah Mansour , July 16th, 2017


The term ‘sectarianism’ has dominated much of the discourse on the Middle East and dictates that much of the unrest in the region is due to religious and…


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Jessie Daniels and Arlene Stein, “Going Public: A Guide for Social Scientists” (U Chicago Press, 2017)

Heath Brown , June 12th, 2017


Jessie Daniels and Arlene Stein have written Going Public: A Guide for Social Scientists (University of Chicago Press, 2017). How can political scientists and other social scientists speak…


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Anastasia Piliavsky, ed., “Patronage as Politics in South Asia” (
Cambridge UP, 2014)

Ian Cook , March 2nd, 2017


Does patronage always imply a corruption of democratic political processes? Across sixteen essays by historians, political scientists and anthropologists Patronage as Politics in South Asia (Cambridge… Visit New…


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Jamie Peck and Nik Theodore, “Fast Policy: Experimental Statecraft at the Thresholds of Neoliberalism” (U. of Minnesota Press, 2015)

Stephen Pimpare , October 12th, 2016


How do new policies move from one city or country to another, and is there something distinct about how those transfers work in our perpetually accelerating and ever-more…


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Jessica Greenberg , “After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy, and the Politics of Disappointment” (Stanford University Press, 2014)

Amanda Jeanne Swaine , September 13th, 2016


Jessica Greenberg’s After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy, and the Politics of Disappointment (Stanford University Press, 2014) explores a dual tension at work in Serbia in the early 2000s….


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Matt Dawson “Social Theory for Alternative Societies” (Palgrave, 2016)

Dave O'Brien , September 9th, 2016


What can social theory offer to visions of an alternative society? In his new book, Social Theory for Alternative Societies (Palgrave, 2016), Dr Matt Dawson, a Lecturer in…


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Sahana Udupa, “Making News in Global India: Media, Publics, Politics” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Ian Cook , May 19th, 2016


What role does Bangalore’s private news culture play in shaping the southern Indian metropolis’ ongoing urban transformation? Sahana Udupa‘s new book Making News in Global India: Med… Visit…


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Tran Ngoc Angie, “Ties that Bind: Cultural Identity, Class, and Law in Vietnams Labor Resistance” (Cornell UP, 2013)

Nick Cheesman , April 19th, 2016


Labour consciousness is not just class-based; it also emerges out of cultural identities, as Tran Ngoc Angie argues powerfully in Ties that Bind: Cultural Identity, Class, and Law…


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Brian Epstein, “The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Carrie Figdor , February 22nd, 2016


The social sciences are about social entities – things like corporations and traffic jams, mobs and money, parents and war criminals. What is a social entity? What makes…


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Carla Freeman, “Entrepreneurial Selves: Neoliberal Respectability and the Making of a Caribbean Middle Class” (Duke University Press, 2014)

Alejandra Bronfman , January 5th, 2016


This marvelous ethnography traces one of the surprising outcomes of shifting neoliberal regimes in Barbados. As women find themselves leading entrepreneurial lives, they also find themselves engaging ……


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