New Books Network

James C. Scott, “Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States” (Yale UP, 2017)
We are schooled to believe that states formed more or less synchronously with settlement and agriculture. In Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States (Yale University Press, 2017), James C. Scott asks us to question this belief. The evidence, he says, is simply not on the side... Read More
Frederic C. Schaffer, “Elucidating Social Science Concepts: An Interpretivist Guide” (Routledge, 2015)
For the third installment in our special series on interpretive political and social scientific research, Frederic C. Schaffer joins us to discuss his Elucidating Social Science Concepts: An Interpretivist Guide (Routledge, 2015). In it, Fred explains why social scientists doing interpretive work need to be especially attentive to concepts and... Read More
Sarah Marie Wiebe, “Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley” (UBC Press, 2016)
In a foreword to Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley (University of British Columbia Press, 2016), the public philosopher James Tully writes that, “Every once in a while, an outstanding work of scholarship comes along that transforms the way a seemingly intractable injustice is seen... Read More
Peregrine Schwartz-Shea and Dvora Yanow, “Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes” (Routledge, 2012)
This episode is the first in a new series, New Books in Interpretive Political and Social Science, which will feature works on interpretive research design and practice alongside recently published exemplary interpretive social scientific studies. To get the ball rolling, the editors of the Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods, and... Read More