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.

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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.

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

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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.

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 left case against the EU

by Costas Lapavitsas

Polity Press, 2019

Shelfmark: JN50.LAP 2019

 

 

 

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

 

Why was it chosen?

The choice was inspired by the current instability within and around the European Union.

Book Overview

In The Left Case Against the EU, Costas Lapavitsas makes the case that the European Union is beyond left-wing reform, as evidenced by its response to the Eurozone crisis. He argues that the union has become a neoliberal citadel that embeds austerity, privatisation and wage cuts. If the union has drifted rightward, Lapavitsas argues that the only way to fight for reform is from within.

Reviews:

‘This is one of the most significant books on modern politics to appear in the last decade, and virtually the only one fully to grasp the nature of our present situation.’
Richard Tuck, Harvard University

‘Nowhere has the political economy of the common currency and of German ascendancy in Europe been more clearly exposed.’
Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

‘Expedient, informed and lucid’
David Hollanders, Department of European Studies, University of Amsterdam.

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 JN50.LAP 2019

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 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.

 

Urban refugees: challenges in protection, services and policy

edited by Koichi Koizumi and Gerhard Hoffstaedter

Routledge, 2015

Shelfmark: HV640.URB 2015

 

 

Our Book of the Month choice for June has been selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development, Forced Migration, African and Commonwealth Studies

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen to tie in with Refugee Week (17-23 June).

Book Overview

Urban refugees now account for over half the total number of refugees worldwide. Yet to date, far more research has been done

on refugees living in camps and settlements set up expressly for them. This book provides crucial insights into the worldwide phenomenon of refugee flows into urban settings, repercussions

for those seeking protection, and the agencies and organizations tasked to assist them. It provides a comparative exploration of refugees and asylum seekers in nine urban areas in Africa, Asia and Europe to examine issues such as status recognition, international and national actors, housing, education and integration. It explores the relationship between refugee policies of international organisations and national governments and on the ground realities.  It also demonstrates both the diversity of circumstances in which refugees live, and their struggles for recognition, protection and livelihoods.

Reviews:

“This book is the first edited volume to tackle the topic of urban refugees and their survival ‘‘between a rock and a hard place”. (…) this edited collection serves not only as a useful introduction to the phenomenon of urban refugees but will also be relevant to those

with a particular interest in the refugee situation in one of the cities or countries covered.”

Neil James Wilson, City University of London

Where can I find it?

We have two Normal Loan copies on our open shelves, which can be borrowed. One of these 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 borrow it. The shelfmark for the title is HV640.URB 2015

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.

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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.

 

Social theory now

edited by Claudio E. Benzecry

University of Chicago Press, 2017

Shelfmark: H61.SOC 2017

 

 

 

Our Book of the Month choice for May has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics, Sociology and Social Policy & Intervention.

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because it provides an outlook on the current state of social theory and an opportunity to reflect on changes since the publication of ‘Social Theory Now’, Giddens and Turner (1987).

Book Overview

This book provides a useful window onto social theory based on current research, examining trends in classical traditions and the cutting edge of more recent approaches. From distinctive theoretical positions, contributors address questions regarding;

  • how social order is accomplished;
  • the role of materiality, practice, and meaning
  • the conditions for the knowledge of the social world

The theoretical traditions presented include microsociology, world-system theory, cultural sociology, post-colonial theory, gender and feminism, network theory, rational choice, poststructuralism, pragmatism, and the sociology of conventions. Each chapter introduces a tradition and presents an agenda for further positive theoretical development.

Reviews:

Driven by the question of what holds social theory together given its diversity, this fruitful volume establishes a ‘trading zone’ of ideas across institutional and intellectual divides.”

Marcos Gonzalez Hernando, LSE Review of Books. 

“Particularly enlightening for their ability to bring interdisciplinary theory into conversation with established sociological traditions in fresh and surprising ways.”

Joseph Gerteis, American Journal of Sociology

Where can I find it?

We have one reference only copy of the title which is currently displayed 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 have a look at it. The shelfmark for the title is H61.SOC 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.

Our Book of the Month choice for April

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.

 

National populism: the revolt against liberal democracy

by Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin

Pelican Books, 2018

Shelfmark: JC423.EAT 2018

 

 

 

Our Book of the Month choice for April has been selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations

Why was it chosen?

The choice was inspired by current trends in populist politics.

Book Overview

In National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin offer a concise examination of the rise of national populism, seeking to challenge some of the established views regarding this political shift.

Reviews:

‘Intelligent, counterintuitive … [ranging] far beyond Brexit and Britain … they put a parochial debate in a much bigger context’
The Economist

‘A finely organised, lucid explanation of the elements presently constituting the most dynamic political movements in Europe and the US.’
John Lloyd, The Financial Times

‘Convincing, powerful and very definitely worth a read.’
Robert Colvile, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies Think Tank

‘Overall, National Populism is a striking, succinct and thought-provoking book: a powerful corrective to many analytical assumptions about and political dismissals of current trends in populist politics, urging its readers to look further than economic causes and instant comparisons to the looming example of twentieth-century fascism.’
Simon Kay, Research Director at the Project for Modern Democracy Think Tank

Where can I find it?

We have one lending copy which is currently displayed 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 borrow it. The shelfmark for the title is JC423.EAT 2018

We also have an electronic version of title that can be accessed via SOLO. This 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.

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 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.

 

Feminisms, empowerment and development: changing women’s lives

edited by Andrea Cornwall and Jenny Edwards

Zed Books, 2014

Shelfmark: HQ1240.FEM 2014

 

 

 

 

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

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen to tie in with International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019.

Book Overview

The economic and political empowerment of women continues to be a central focus for development agencies worldwide; access to medical care, education and employment, as well as women’s reproductive rights remain key factors effecting women’s autonomy. This book explores what women are doing to change their own circumstances, and provides in-depth analysis of collective action and institutionalized mechanisms aimed at changing structural relations.

Drawing on unique, original research and approaching empowerment as a complex process of negotiation, rather than a linear sequence of inputs and outcomes, this crucial collection highlights the difficulty of creating common agendas for the advancement of women’s power and rights, and argues for a more nuanced, context based approach to development theory and practice.  It is an indispensable text for anyone interested in gender and development

Reviews:

‘With rich, empirically grounded chapters from around the world, this is a truly feminist multidisciplinary collection that brings together the discourse on women’s empowerment to a new level.’

Radhika Balakrishnan, executive director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership

Where can I find it?

We have one Normal Loan copy on our open shelves, which can be borrowed and an additional copy that is for Library Use Only. The Library Use Only copy is currently displayed 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 have a look at it. The shelfmark for the title is HQ1240.FEM 2014

We 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 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 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.

 

Handbook on Gender and Social Policy

edited by Sheila Shaver

Edward Elgar, 2018

Shelfmark: HQ1075.HAN 2018

 

 

 

Our Book of the Month choice for February has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics, Sociology and Social Policy & Intervention.

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because it provides an essential introduction to current debates on the intersections of Gender and Social Policy.

Book Overview

This handbook gathers together a range of original contributions and research from leading researchers. It covers the theoretical perspectives of the field, the central policy terrain of gender inequalities of income, employment and care, and family policy.

It covers the key areas of social policy that relate to the inequalities between men and women in the developed and developing world such as income, employment, care and family policy, same-sex marriage and child protection. It features chapters on key perspectives on gender and policy and six original studies of the state of play in different global regions.

Overall this collection considers gender and social policy at both the regional and national level and serve as an excellent resource for scholars of sociology, political science, women’s studies, policy studies as well as practitioners seeking to understand how gender shapes the contours of social policy and politics.

Reviews:

“This is a sparkling and absorbing collection. The Handbook provides both case studies of specific countries and overviews of key policy areas.”

Jane Millar, University of Bath, and UK Social Policy Association

“…should be in the collection of every student of social policy – those who have specialized in gender issues and everyone else – for a key strength of the collection is the engagement across the multiple theoretical and empirical traditions of comparative welfare state research.”

Ann Shola Orloff, Northwestern University, USA

Where can I find it?

We have one Short Loan copy, which can be borrowed and an additional copy that is for Library Use Only. The Library Use Only copy is currently displayed 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 have a look at it. The shelfmark for the title is HQ1075.HAN 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.