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Book Review: The Use and Abuse of Music: Criminal Records by Eleanor Peters

Rose Deller , January 16th, 2020


In The Use and Abuse of Music: Criminal Records, Eleanor Peters introduces music as a powerful instrument for thinking critically about crime and its contested meanings, while also…


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Book Review: Anatomies of Revolution by George Lawson

Rose Deller , December 9th, 2019


In Anatomies of Revolution, George Lawson offers a new account of how revolutions begin, unfold and end through a dynamic amalgam of in-depth sociological theory, multiple historical narratives and po…


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Book Review: Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room by Daniel Beunza

Rose Deller , November 29th, 2019


In Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room, Daniel Beunza analyses how the use of economic models and the moral disengagement this has created…


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Book Review: When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel by Michal Kravel-Tovi

Rose Deller , November 26th, 2019


In Israel, Jewish conversions by first and second generation repatriates from the former Soviet Union are often depicted in public discourse as ‘wink-wink’ conversions, whereby converts an…


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

Rose Deller , November 25th, 2019


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’…


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Book Review: The Urban Gardens of Havana: Seeking Revolutionary Plants in Ideologized Spaces by Ola Plonska and Younes Saramifar

Rose Deller , November 8th, 2019


In The Urban Gardens of Havana: Seeking Revolutionary Plants in Ideologized Spaces, Ola Plonska and Younes Saramifar explore the poetics of gardening and narrate everyday life under the gaze of…


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Book Review: A Future History of Water by Andrea Ballestero

Rose Deller , November 6th, 2019


In A Future History of Water, Andrea Ballestero explores the conflict between water as a human right and water as an economic good through ethnographic fieldwork undertaken in Costa Rica…


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Book Review: Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps by London School of Economics and Mary S. Morgan et al

Rose Deller , October 25th, 2019


Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps, by London School of Economics and Mary S. Morgan et al, offers a sumptuously illustrated, large format publication of Charles Booth’s project, which…


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Book Review: The Archive of Loss: Lively Ruination in Mill Land Mumbai by Maura Finkelstein

Rose Deller , October 24th, 2019


In The Archive of Loss: Lively Ruination in Mill Land Mumbai, Maura Finkelstein confronts the assumption that the city’s textile industry is a relic of the past, instead showing how…


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Book Review: Dead Labor: Towards a Political Economy of Premature Death by James Tyner

Rose Deller , October 23rd, 2019


In Dead Labor: Towards a Political Economy of Premature Death, James Tyner offers an urgent examination of the extraction of surplus value from the death of labouring bodies. While…


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Book Review: Higher Education and Social Inequalities: University Admissions, Experiences and Outcomes edited by Richard Waller, Nicola Ingram and Michael R.M. Ward

Rose Deller , October 15th, 2019


In Higher Education and Social Inequalities, Richard Waller, Nicola Ingram and Michael R.M. Ward bring together contributors to explore and evidence how university admissions, experiences and outcomes…


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Book Review: Social Mobility and its Enemies by Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin

Rose Deller , September 25th, 2019


In Social Mobility and its Enemies, Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin offer a thought-provoking assessment of the state of social mobility in Britain. In the context of much social and…


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Book Review: Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

Rose Deller , August 16th, 2019


In Janesville: An American Story, Amy Goldstein uses ethnographic interviews to provide first-hand accounts of the impact of the closure of the General Motors (GM) plant on the people of…


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Book Review: The Politics of Land edited by Tim Bartley

Rose Deller , July 29th, 2019


In The Politics of Land, editor Tim Bartley brings together contributors to highlight the significance of the neglected issue of land to political sociology. This is a highly informative volume…


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Long Read Review: Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance by Daromir Rudnyckyj

Rose Deller , July 25th, 2019


In Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance, Daromir Rudnyckyj takes the reader into the world of Malaysian financial, religious and state regulatory experts who aspire for Islamic finance t…


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Book Review: Theory for the World to Come: Speculative Fiction and Apocalyptic Anthropology by Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

Rose Deller , July 17th, 2019


In Theory for the World to Come: Speculative Fiction and Apocalyptic Anthropology, Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer argues that speculative fiction offers a rich vein to theorise catastrophe and crisis in ways t…


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Book Review: There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince by Greg Beckett

Rose Deller , July 11th, 2019


In There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince, Greg Beckett offers a richly detailed, decade-long ethnography of Haiti that digs into how it feels to endure…


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Book Review: Precarious Labour and Informal Economy: Work, Anarchy and Society in an Indian Village by Smita Yadav

Rose Deller , July 10th, 2019


In Precarious Labour and Informal Economy: Work, Anarchy and Society in an Indian Village, Smita Yadav explores the life, labour and politics of a community of Sur Gonds in India’s…


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Book Review: Refugees in Higher Education: Debate, Discourse and Practice by Jacqueline Stevenson and Sally Baker

Rose Deller , June 20th, 2019


20 June is World Refugee Day. In their new book Refugees in Higher Education: Debate, Discourse and Practice, Jacqueline Stevenson and Sally Baker offer a comprehensive discussion of…


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Book Review: Young Working-Class Men in Transition by Steven Roberts

Rose Deller , June 4th, 2019


In Young Working-Class Men in Transition, Steven Roberts draws on a seven-year longitudinal study of young working-class men in the south-east of England to counter dominant narratives surrounding wor…


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Book Review: Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Ruin Britain by Robert Verkaik

Rose Deller , June 3rd, 2019


In Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Ruin Britain, Robert Verkaik explores the role that public schooling plays in reproducing inequality in Britain, showing how public schools enable wealthy…


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Book Review: The Lost Ethnographies: Methodological Insights from Projects that Never Were edited by Robin James Smith and Sara Delamont

Rose Deller , March 28th, 2019


In The Lost Ethnographies: Methodological Insights from Projects that Never Were, Robin James Smith and Sara Delamont bring together a range of contributors who place loss at the centre of…


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Book Review: Heading Home: Motherhood, Work and the Failed Promise of Equality by Shani Orgad

Rose Deller , March 19th, 2019


In Heading Home: Motherhood, Work and the Failed Promise of Equality, Shani Orgad draws on interviews with educated, London-based women to explore their decision to leave their successful careers to…


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Author Interview: Q&A with Rachel O’Neill on Seduction: Men, Masculinity and Mediated Intimacy

Rose Deller , February 22nd, 2019


In this author interview, we speak to Rachel O’Neill about her recent book, Seduction: Men, Masculinity and Mediated Intimacy, which offers an ethnographic study of the ‘seduction industry…


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