Our Book of the Month Choice for July

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.

 

The water paradox: overcoming the global crisis in water management

by Edward B. Barbier

Yale University Press, 2019

eBook available here

 

 

 

 

The Book of the Month for July has been selected by Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy, Internet Studies and Public Policy. 

 

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because it highlights how much something that we take for granted, water, is under threat by human mismanagement and what we can do to resolve this.

Book Overview

Water is essential to life, yet humankind’s relationship with water is complex. For millennia, we have perceived it as abundant and easily accessible. But water shortages are fast becoming a persistent reality for all nations, rich and poor. With demand outstripping supply, a global water crisis is imminent. In this trenchant critique of current water policies and practices, Edward Barbier argues that our water crisis is as much a failure of water management as it is a result of scarcity. Outdated governance structures and institutions, combined with continual underpricing, have perpetuated the overuse and undervaluation of water and disincentivized much-needed technological innovation. As a result “water grabbing” is on the rise, and cooperation to resolve these disputes is increasingly fraught. Barbier draws on evidence from countries across the globe to show the scale of the problem, and outlines the policy and management solutions needed to avert this crisis.

Reviews

‘’Edward Barbier does a fabulous job educating the reader on the state of water in the world and on ways to address associated water-issues. While the book is written for a non-technical audience, it is essential reading for water professionals and policy makers.’’

Ariel Dinar, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of California, Riverside.

Barbier is the go-to person on water and water scarcity. This is a comprehensive guide for anyone who cares about one of the most important issues in this century.”

Dieter Helm, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and author of Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet

“Clear and compelling… recommended reading for all interested in the pressing issue of water scarcity.”

Professor Anil Markandya, Former Scientific Director at the Basque Centre for Climate Change.

How can I access it?

An eBook of this title is available via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access it remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

Our Book of the Month choice for June

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.

 

Cultural backlash: Trump, Brexit, and authoritarian populism

by Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart

Cambridge University Press, 2019

eBook available here

 

 

The Book of the Month for June has been selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.

 

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because it addresses the noticeable rise of authoritarian populism in Europe and the USA

Book Overview

The recent growth of support for populist political parties and the emergence of leaders with authoritarian tendencies in many Western societies have attracted much interest. The most popular theories form two groups: One sees support for populist parties being strongest among those who have benefited least from decades of globalisation. The other suggests that populist parties draw most heavily on those who have negative views on changes in society. The authors favour the second of these, and they draw on statistical data and a wide literature to make the case that patterns of voting for populist parties across Europe and the USA all show substantial intergenerational differences. 

How can I access it?

An eBook of this title is available via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access it remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

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Our Book of the Month choice for May

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.

 

The Oxford Handbook of Energy and Society

Edited by Deborah J Davidson & Matthia Gross

Oxford University Press, 2018

eBook available here

 

 

This month’s book was chosen by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

 

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because of the way it shows that the study of energy production and consumption is drawing the attention of sociologists in new ways for the discipline.

Book Overview

The Oxford Handbook of Energy and Society offers a synthesis of recent developments in sociological analysis of energy-society relations, representing a wide breadth of contributors in sociology and related disciplines from across the globe.

Regional case studies of different energy resources are featured, as are the roles of politics, markets, technology, social movements, and consumers. Topics covered include: structural perspectives on energy-society relations, the persistent material and geopolitical relevance of fossil fuels, consumption processes, the inequitable distribution of energy access, energy poverty, and shifts in energy-society relationships.

How can I access it?

An eBook of this title is available via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access it remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

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Our Book of the Month Choice for April

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The health of refugees: public health perspectives from crisis to settlement

Edited by Pascale Allotey and Daniel D. Reidpath.

2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2019

eBook available here.

 

 

 

April’s book of the month was selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development and Forced Migration Studies.

 

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen to highlight the health plight faced by refugees and asylum-seekers. This is even more pressing now as they face the unprecedented crisis presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic. They are more vulnerable than ever.

Book Overview

This book is a comprehensive and critical work providing an analysis of public health, international law, the history of migration and the media’s role in refugee health. With a focus on what international obligations entail when it comes to refugees and migrants, the authors present a reinforced take on our collective responsibility to leave no one behind. It traces the health repercussions on individuals and populations from the moment of forced mass movements due to conflict and other disasters, through to the progress of resettlement in other countries.

It’s multidisciplinarity, wide geographical coverage and use of case studies makes it an ideal current resource not only for public health practitioners, researchers and postgraduate students, but also for those involved in NGOs, international aid and international development.

How can I access it?

An eBook of this title is available via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access it remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

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Our Book of the Month choice for March

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.

 

The social atlas of Europe

by Dimitris Ballas et al.

Polity Press, 2014

Shelfmark: GF540.BAL 2014

 

 

 

The Book of the Month for March has been selected by Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy, Internet Studies and Public Policy.

 

 

 

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because of the innovative way that it presents maps of Europe from a human geography perspective.

Book Overview

The book uses geographic information systems and new cartographic techniques to present maps of Europe based on data on a number of themes including Identity and Culture, Education, Employment, Industry and Occupation, Health, Environment and Social Cohesion. It shows the similarities and differences between European peoples both within but also beyond conventional national boundaries.

Reviews:

“Simply browsing this Social Atlas of Europe is an exhilarating experience for the lay reader: unfailingly informative, sometimes intriguing, and always entertaining. A triumph of human geography and human cartography!”

Manos Matsaganis, Athens University of Economics and Business

“The authors have used a fascinating body of techniques to display social data geographically. The results are startling and compelling, furnishing a model for everyone who does this kind of work from now on.”

Howard S. Becker, author of Telling About Society

“An insightful look at today’s Europe — not through the artifices of geographic boundaries or gross national products, but through the underlying realities that Europeans live every day – their understandings, attitudes, and well-being – all brought to life in charts and maps that reveal the human geography of this vitally important area of the world.”

Robert B. Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley


Where can I find it?

We have two normal loan copies of the book. One is currently on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it to have a look at it or borrow it (if you are eligible to borrow items). The shelfmark for the title is GF540.BAL 2014 There is also an e-Legal Deposit version of the title which can be found on SOLO here. Please note that e-Legal Deposit material can only be viewed from Bodleian Libraries computers.

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Our Book of the Month choice for February

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.

 

Anatomies of revolution

by George Lawson

Cambridge University Press, 2019

Shelfmark: JC491.LAW 2019

 

 

 

The Book of the Month for February has been selected by Jo Gardner, the Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.

 

 

It was chosen because the author provides a wide-ranging account of one of the world’s most important processes.

Book Overview

Spurred by events like the 2011 uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, the rise of the Islamic State and the emergence of populism, a new age of revolution has generated considerable interest. Anatomies of Revolution offers a detailed and novel account of how revolutions begin, unfold and end.

Reviews:

“With remarkable depth and breadth, George Lawson argues for a relational understanding of revolution as a dynamic social process.”
Erica Chenoweth, Harvard Kennedy School

“In this highly original study, George Lawson gives flesh to an “historicist” approach to the study of revolutions, outlining ideal-typical paths underpinning their materialization, unfolding, and outcome across multiple cases. In the process, he shows how revolutions are best understood in relational and global terms, and how revolution and avoidance of revolution have been central to the course of modern history.”
Mark R. Beissinger, Princeton University

“This book is a triumph when it comes to a creative theorisation of revolution, providing clarity not in spite of complexity, but through it.”
Eric Loefflad, University of Kent

Where can I find it?

We have one normal loan copy of the book that is currently on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it to have a look at it or borrow it (if you are eligible to borrow items). The shelfmark for the title is JC491.LAW 2019

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Our Book of the Month Choice for January

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.

 

Sociology as a population science

by John H. Goldthorpe

Cambridge University Press, 2016

Shelfmark: HM585.GOL 2016

 

 

 

The Book of the Month for January has been selected by John Southall, the Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

 

 

It was chosen because of the way it provides a rationale for recent developments in sociology which focus on establishing and explaining probabilistic regularities in populations and making use of large scale survey data.

Book Overview

John H. Goldthorpe is one of Britain’s most eminent sociologists and a strong advocate of quantitative sociology. In this concise and accessible book, he shows how sociology has become more securely placed within the ‘probabilistic revolution’ that has occurred over the last century in the natural and social sciences alike.

The central arguments of the book are illustrated with examples from different areas of sociology, ranging from social stratification and the sociology of the family to the sociology of revolutions. He considers the implications of these arguments for the boundaries of sociology, for its relations with other disciplines, and for its public role.

Reviews:

“… a remarkable book full of deep insights. It is a must-read for anyone who wishes to understand what sociological research is really about.”

Yu Xie, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

“John H. Goldthorpe, best known for his research on social stratification and mobility, has also written incisively about the discipline of sociology for 20 years or more. Sociology as a Population Science is an important, mostly positive, and programmatic addition to that body of work.”

Michael Hout, American Journal of Sociology

Where can I find it?

We have two copies of the book. One is for library use only and the other can be borrowed on a normal loan. The library use only copy is currently on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it to have a look at it. The normal loan copy is on our open shelves. The shelfmark for the title is HM585.GOL 2016

We also have an eBook of the title. A link to it can be found on SOLO. It can be accessed in the library by all or remotely by University Card holders by signing in with your SSO.

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.

Our Book of the Month choice for December

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.

 

Mapping migration, identity and space

Edited by Tabea Linhard and Timothy Parsons

Palgrave Macmillan, 2019

Shelfmark: JV6035.MAP 2019

 

 

The Book of the Month for December 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 International Migrants Day (18th December).

Book Overview

This interdisciplinary collection of essays focuses on the ways in which movements of people across natural, political, and cultural boundaries shape identities that are inexorably linked to the geographical space that individuals on the move cross, inhabit, and leave behind. As conflicts over identities and space continue to erupt on a regular basis, this book reads the relationship between migration, identity, and space from a fresh and innovative perspective.

Reviews:

“This collection of essays aptly expresses the entangled nature of space and migration and provides strong arguments regarding the ways in which they impact each other. Thanks to a variety of sources and a diversity of geographical and historical contexts, this volume is a valuable interdisciplinary tool for the study of a wide range of themes, including identity formation and border crossing. This book is an important contribution to the field of migration studies.”

Professor Hakim Abderrezak, University of Minnesota

Where can I find it?

We have one copy of the book that is currently 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 and borrow it if you wish. The shelfmark for the title is JV6035.MAP.

We also have two eBooks of the title. Both can be accessed via SOLO. One is an electronic legal deposit copy. 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. The other can also be accessed in the library by all or remotely by University Card holders by signing in with your SSO.  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.

Our Book of the Month choice for November

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.

 

The ghost map: a street, a city and the hidden power of urban networks

by Steven Johnson

Penguin, 2008

Shelfmark: RC133.G6.JOH 2008

 

 

 

 

Our Book of the Month choice for November was selected by Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy, Internet Studies and Public Policy.

Why was it chosen?

Set during the Cholera endemic of London in 1854, the book shows how plotting the incidence of cholera deaths on a street map of London led to an understanding of the source of the disease and how it was spread. It was chosen because it provides an example of how an innovative visualisation of data helped overcome one of the major problems of urban growth and planning.

Book Overview

Steven Johnson is one of today’s most exciting writers about popular culture, urban living and new technology. In The Ghost Map he tells the story of the terrifying cholera epidemic that engulfed London in 1854, and the two unlikely heroes – anaesthetist Doctor John Snow and affable clergyman Reverend Henry Whitehead – who defeated the disease through a combination of local knowledge, scientific research and map-making.

In telling their extraordinary story, Steven Johnson also explores a whole world of ideas and connections, from urban terror to microbes, ecosystems to the Great Stink, cultural phenomena to street life.

Reviews:

“It is difficult to do justice to the exuberance of Johnson’s ideas, or to his uncanny knack of finding connections and parallels between the most diverse and esoteric disciplines. The Ghost Map is a challenging and exciting work which removes historical non-fiction from the heritage industry and puts it back into lively, impassioned debate.”

Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

Johnson’s account of the 1854 epidemic, along with the meditation on cities that he extrapolates from it, doesn’t need to call attention to its own cleverness. The Ghost Map is elegantly sufficient, without that, to get readers to do some thinking on their own.”

David Quammen, The New York Times

“Steven Johnson’s book provides a vivid and gripping account of the outbreak of 1854, as well as the state of public health during the late 19th century. He theorises on the relationship between urban living and the opportunities, both good and bad, it entails. But what is most enthralling is the way in which he interweaves seemingly self-contained disciplines and renders the cholera episode relevant to modern urban life.”

Sarah Birke, New Statesman

Where can I find it?

We have two copies of the book. One is for library use only and is currently on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). The second copy is a normal loan copy and can be borrowed. The shelfmark for the title is RC133.G6.JOH 2008

The book was originally published in America with a slightly different sub-title ‘The Ghost map: the story of London’s most terrifying epidemic – and how it changed science, cities, and the modern world.’ We have 3 copies of this title, find it on SOLO here.

In addition, we have an electronic legal deposit copy of the American published 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.

Our Book of the Month Choice for October

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.

 

What works now? Evidence-informed policy and practice

Edited by Annette Boaz et al.

Policy Press, 2019

Shelfmark: JN238.WHA 2019

 

 

 

Our Book of the Month choice for September was selected by Jo Gardner, Subject Consultant for and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because because it provides an up-to-date critique of this rapidly evolving field.

Book Overview

What Works Now? draws on the work of scholars and practitioners and speaks to both. The text is clearly structured and the editors provide sector-by-sector analysis of evidence use in policy-making and service delivery. The editors recognise a wide range of policy and practice settings, and acknowledge the usefulness of evidence that is not entirely research-based

Reviews:

“An important and authoritative analysis of the state of evidence-informed policy and practice, across key domains and countries, by an impressive line-up of leading scholars in the field”
Steve Martin, Cardiff University

“This is a fascinating and novel set of scholarly and practical reflections on infrastructure, debates and solutions”
Kathryn Oliver, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

“The authors rightly reaffirm the importance of evidence but don’t shy away from the practical difficulties in the way of using it. An indispensable resource.”
Geoff Mulgan, CEO, Nesta

Where can I find it?

We have two copies of the book. One is for library use only and is currently on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). The second copy is a normal loan copy and can be borrowed. The shelfmark for the title is JN238.WHA 2019.

In addition, we 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.