Category: Book Reviews

Understanding Humans: How Social Science Can Help Solve Our Problems – review

In Understanding Humans: How Social Science Can Help Solve Our Problems, David Edmonds curates a selection of interviews with social science researchers covering the breadth of human life and society, from morality, bias and identity to kinship, inequa…

Global Language Justice – review

In Global Language Justice, Lydia H. Liu and Anupama Rao bring together contributions at the intersection of language, justice and technology, exploring topics including ecolinguistics, colonial legacies and the threat digitisation poses to marginalise…

Art, Science and the Politics of Knowledge – review

In Art, Science and the Politics of Knowledge, Hannah Star Rogers challenges the traditional dichotomy between art and science, arguing that they share common approaches to knowledge-making. Drawing on Science and Technology Studies and using compellin…

Escape from Model Land: How Mathematical Models Can Lead Us Astray and What We Can Do about It – review

In Escape from Model Land: How Mathematical Models Can Lead Us Astray and What We Can Do about It, Erica Thompson explores how mathematical models are used in contexts that affect our everyday lives – from finance to climate change to health policy – a…

Nudging – a review

In Nudging, Riccardo Viale explores the evolution of nudging (behavioural mechanisms to encourage people to make certain choices) and proposes new approaches that would empower rather than paternalise citizens. In Daniele Sudsataya’s view, the book is …

Resisting AI: An Anti-fascist Approach to Artificial Intelligence – review

In Resisting AI: An Anti-fascist Approach to Artificial Intelligence, Dan McQuillan calls for a restructuring of artificial intelligence (AI) which prioritises the common good over an algorithmic optimisation that reinforces the marginalisation of vuln…

The Political Lives of Information – review

In The Political Lives of Information: Information and the Production of Development in India, Janaki Srinivasan analyses the history of the idea of “information” and its political implications for poverty alleviation through three case studies in Indi…

The Perfection Trap: The Power Of Good Enough In A World That Always Wants More – review

In The Perfection Trap: The Power Of Good Enough In A World That Always Wants More, Thomas Curran examines the reasons for a rise in socially prescribed perfectionism and its negative mental health effects on individuals. Combining extensive research w…

Elite Universities and The Making of Privilege – review

In Elite Universities and The Making of Privilege: Exploring Race and Class in Global Educational Economies, Kalwant Bhopal and Martin Myers examine how elite universities uphold race- and class-based privilege. Drawing on interviews with students and …