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!
Hacking the Future of Money
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’
The Politics of Open Science
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.
“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.
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
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.
“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
Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Finn Sivert Nielsen
Thoroughly updated and revised edition of a popular classic of modern anthropology.