Our Book of the Month choice for September

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.

Borrowing together: microfinance and cultivating social ties

by Becky Yang Hsu

Cambridge University Press, 2017

Shelfmark: HG178.33.C6.HSU 2017

 

 

Our Book of the Month choice for September was selected by John Southall, Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because of the way it uses field research to explore the social relations and cultural dimensions underpinning microfinance schemes – in this instance in rural China.

Book Overview

The author examines the social aspects of one of the most intriguing elements of group-lending microfinance: social collateral. She investigates the details of the social relationships among borrowers and between borrowers and lenders, finding that these relationships are the key that explains the outcomes of a number of schemes in in rural China.

However she also notes the limitations of microfinance and how in many ways it has not worked in the ways it was expected. In the end she concludes that loans are not simply understood as capital to purchase equipment, but as ways of cultivating social ties and developing a greater sense of self amongst participants.

Reviews:

“… a book that will appeal to sociologists of money, scholars of Chinese village life and microfinance professionals.”

Supriva Singh, British Journal of Sociology

“… of particular interest to scholars interested in questions of credit/debt, development, economic sociology, and Asian studies.”

Maryann Bylander, American Journal of Sociology

Where can I find it?

We have one copy of the book which is for library use only. It is currently located on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it from the display to take a look at it. The shelfmark for the title is HG178.33.C6.HSU 2017

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

Infrequent noise disturbance from 20 August to 10 September 2019

There may be some infrequent drilling noise audible within the Library from 20 August to 10 September 2019.  This is due to lighting replacement work taking place on the upper floors of the Manor Road Building.

Most of the drilling will be completed by 9.00am each day.

Please ask staff for advice on the quietest spaces to work in the Library during this time.

Maintenance work taking place in the Central and East Graduate Study Rooms on Thurs 8 and Fri 9 August

The Central Graduate Study Room and East Gradate Study Room will be unavailable for use on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 August 2019.

The furniture in this room is being upgraded to provide better power sockets, and it will be out of use while the work is completed.

Please contact Manor Road IT for an alternative Manor Road networked printer.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Our Book of the Month choice for August

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.

 

Rethinking humanitarian intervention in the 21st Century

edited by Aiden Warren and Damian Grenfell

Edinburgh University Press, 2018

Shelfmark: JZ6369.RET 2018

 

 

Our Book of the Month choice for August has been selected by Sarah Rhodes, the Subject Consultant for International Development and Forced Migration.

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen to tie in with World Humanitarian Day (19th August).

Book Overview

Since the end of the Cold War, humanitarian interventions have continued to evolve and respond to a wide range of political crises. These insightful essays focus on the challenges associated with interventions when facing conflict and human rights violations, unmitigated systematic violence, state re-building, human mobility and dislocation. Each chapter is linked to the rest through three defining themes that permeate the book: the evolution of humanitarian interventions in a global era; the limits of sovereignty and the ethics of interventions; and the politics of post-intervention: (re)-building and humanitarian engagement.  The authors incorporate a variety of case studies including Kosovo, Timor-Leste, Syria, Libya and Iraq, and examine the complexity of interventions across their different dimensions, including relevant doctrines such as R2P, ‘Use of Force’ and Human Security

Reviews:

“This rigorous multi-disciplinary volume redefines interventions as attempts at social transformation related to different domains (economic, social, military, humanitarian) and actors (local, national, regional, international), resulting in a much appreciated call to scholars, students and practitioners to study and think of interventions as complex, inter-related, multi-faceted, multi-level political and social processes. The emphasis on local contexts, actors, institutions and power relations as defining factors for understanding the dynamics and outcomes of interventions makes this book a valuable contribution to the literature.”

Liesbet Heyse, University of Groningen

Where can I find it?

We have one normal loan copy of the book. It is currently located on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it from the display to take a look at it or borrow it (if you have lending permissions). The shelfmark for the title is JZ6369.RET 2018

We also have an electronic legal deposit copy of the title. Online access for this material is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries. A link to it can be found on SOLO.

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

Geography at the Social Science Library

During Summer Vacation 2019 we are moving the Geography book collection from the Radcliffe Science Library [RSL] to the Social Science Library [SSL]. These books are being added to the SSL shelves according to our existing Library of Congress classification scheme, which involves rearranging our current collections. For further information and FAQs see here.

We look forward to welcoming students, researchers and staff from the School of Geography and the Environment to the SSL.

Intermittent noise disturbance in the Library: Sat 27 July

Electrical work will be taking place on the 2nd Floor of the Manor Road Building all day on Saturday 27 July. This will include intermittent drilling. There may be noise disturbance in the library (the area to the left of the Reader PCs) due to this.

The locker room behind reception will also be out of use that day. The water station will be moved from the room and available in the building reception area.

Please talk to Issue Desk staff who can advise on quieter study areas to sit.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.