New Books from Pluto in May – Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance | Biohackers | Beyond the Developmental Sate | Organisational Anthropology | History of Anthropology, 2nd. Ed.

Good morning radicals and book-lovers! With May in full swing, and a second bank holiday almost upon us you’re probably in need of some more reading material.

We have five titles for your perusal this month, including a double update to our Anthropology, Culture and Society series. Read on below for more info, and remember that you can get all of them from our website with a 10% discount!

The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance

Hacking the Future of Money

Brett Scott

Shows how activists can tap into the internal dynamics of the sector to disrupt it and showcases the growing alternative finance movement.

“This is an imaginative, even exuberant exploration of the daunting world of finance – it will unleash a generation of activists, and do a world of good.” – Bill McKibben, author of ‘Deep Economy’

“This book provides a unique inside-out look at our financial system, based on the author’s unusual personal adventure. It is not only a user-friendly guide to the complex maze of modern finance but also a manual for utilising and subverting it for social purposes in innovative ways. Smart and street-smart. “ – Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, author of ’23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism’

£12.99 only £11.50 on the Pluto site

Biohackers

The Politics of Open Science

Alessandro Delfanti

Explores fundamental changes occurring in the circulation and ownership of scientific information.

“Hacking, most often associated with the realm of bits and bytes, is now firmly entrenched in the world of biology. Alessandro Delfanti provides the definitive account covering the early, formative history of bio-hackers, a motley cohort of scientists, entrepreneurs, and amateur tinkers who are insisting on openness for their scientific enterprise.
Written with nuance and precision, Delfanti examines key actors who drew inspiration from long-standing scientific norms and the philosophy of free software in order to re-imagine and reconstitute their ethos so as to be built upon openness and access. While this story is still unfolding, Delfanti’s engrossing account provides a vital road map essential to understand the past, present, and future of bio-hacking.”
– Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy,McGill University and author of Coding Freedom: The Aesthetics and the Ethics of Hacking (2012).

“Alessandro Delfanti’s book is a deft and accessible introduction to the changing face of science in the new century. ing, most often associated with the realm of bits and bytes, is now firmly entrenched in the world of biology. Alessandro Delfanti provides the definitive account covering the early, formative history of bio-hackers, a motley cohort of scientists, entrepreneurs, and amateur tinkers who are insisting on openness for their scientific enterprise.
Written with nuance and precision, Delfanti examines key actors who drew inspiration from long-standing scientific norms and the philosophy of free software in order to re-imagine and reconstitute their ethos so as to be built upon openness and access. While this story is still unfolding, Delfanti’s engrossing account provides a vital road map essential to understand the past, present, and future of bio-hacking.” – Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy,McGill University and author of Coding Freedom: The Aesthetics and the Ethics of Hacking (2012).
“Alessandro Delfanti’s book is a deft and accessible introduction to the changing face of science in the new century. He brings a journalist’s skill, a scientist’s skepticism and an activist’s passion to the question of open science today. The work offers an expert analysis of the global politics of big science and the details and pleasures, the successes and failures, of small-scale amateur and DIY biology. From the lucid writing emerges the story of a new ethic of sharing and decoding life – whether viewed under the microscope or lived out in hackerspaces and garage labs.” – Christopher Kelty, Associate Professor of Information Studies and Anthropology, Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA
“The biohackers are here. In this fascinating book, Alessandro Delfanti
shows us how a new generation of scientists is breaking open
the study of biology with the kinds of countercultural tools first used to hack the computer. Thanks to their work, science may never be the same again.
” – Fred Turner, Associate Professor of Communication, Stanford UniversityHe brings a journalist’s skill, a scientist’s skepticism and an activist’s passion to the question of open science today. The work offers an expert analysis of the global politics of big science and the details and pleasures, the successes and failures, of small-scale amateur and DIY biology. From the lucid writing emerges the story of a new ethic of sharing and decoding life – whether viewed under the microscope or lived out in hackerspaces and garage labs.”
– Christopher Kelty, Associate Professor of Information Studies and Anthropology, Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

Beyond the Developmental State

Industrial Policy into the Twenty-first Century

Edited by Ben Fine, Jyoti Saraswati and Daniela Tavasci

Exposes the theoretical and empirical limitations of the developmental state paradigm, offering policy alternatives.

“A very important book. The contributions are highly original and this work is likely to inform the emergence of a new branch of the literature on economic development. The volume is particularly timely because of the continuing relevance of developmental-state debates given the long-term ‘decline of the West and rise of the rest’ and the current economic crisis.” – Alfredo Saad-Filho, Professor of Political Economy, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

“The developmental state has become a central concept in alternatives to the dominant neoliberal narratives of development. Fine and his colleagues combine a critical assessment of the existing literature with a series of country studies to show how powerful economic interests continue to shape the actions and effectiveness of the state. A valuable contribution to the search for inclusive and sustainable development strategies.” – Richard Kozul-Wright, Head, Unit on Economic Cooperation and Integration Among Developing Countries, UNCTAD

£24.99 only £22.00 on the Pluto site

Organisational Anthropology

Doing Ethnography in and Among Complex Organisations

Edited by Christina Garsten and Anette Nyqvist

A pioneering analysis of doing ethnographic fieldwork in different types of complex organisations.

“Christina Garsten and Anette Nyquvist have put together baker’s dozen of fresh and lively first-hand accounts of carrying out ethnographic fieldwork in contemporary organizational settings – from convenience stores to high tech firms, from think tanks to advertising companies. That classical anthropological interests and means are highly relevant in such settings – although strained and stretched in various ways – is a point brought home vividly across the selections. This is a work that will appeal not only to anthropologists but also to all those with a scholarly or practical interest in culture and organization.
– John Van Maanen, Erwin Schell Professor of Organisation Studies at MIT, author of Tales of the Field (2011)

“The engagement between organization studies and anthropology is both longstanding and rapidly developing. In this fascinating volume some of the leading exponents of organizational anthropology reflect on its history and future directions; its potentials and pitfalls. The book is an invaluable resource for all those who research organizations or are simply interested in the nature, both extraordinary and mundane, of organizational life as disclosed by anthropological study.” – Christopher Grey, Professor of Organisation Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London

£60 only £54.00 on the Pluto site

A History of Anthropology – Second Edition

Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Finn Sivert Nielsen

Thoroughly updated and revised edition of a popular classic of modern anthropology.

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site

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