New Books Network

Kathryn Sikkink, “The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibilities” (Yale UP, 2020)
In her latest book, The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibilities (Yale University Press), Kathryn Sikkink puts forward a framework of rights and responsibilities; moving beyond the language of rights that has come to dominate scholarship and activism, she makes the case that human rights cannot be... Read More
Ben Burgis, “Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left” (Zero Books, 2019)
Logic, the study of how certain arguments either succeed or fail to support their conclusions, is one of the most important topics in philosophy, its importance illustrated by the common assumption that if one is being logical, they are probably right. However, the importance of logic has led to a... Read More
Filippo Menozzi, “World Literature, Non-Synchronism, and the Politics of Time” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
In World Literature, Non-Synchronism, and the Politics of Time (Palgrave Macmillan) Filippo Menozzi offers to look at literature and literary processes through the prism of non-synchronism. The book details the notion that Menozzi finds accurate and relevant not only for the analysis of current cultural and political developments, but also... Read More
Patrick Ffrench, “Roland Barthes and Film: Myth, Eroticism and Poetics” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
Roland Barthes and Film: Myth, Eroticism and Poetics (Bloomsbury) is a book by Patrick Ffrench, Professor of French at Kings College. It is a comprehensively researched and finely argued book that traces Barthes engagement with questions of cinema from early research pre-dating the publication of Mythologies to his last work,... Read More
Angèle Christin, “Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms” (Princeton UP, 2020)
How are algorithms changing journalism? In Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms (Princeton University Press), Angèle Christin, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, explores the impact of metrics and analytics on the newsrooms of New York and Paris. Using an ethnography of... Read More
Albena Azmanova, “Capitalism on Edge: How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Utopia or Crisis” (Columbia UP, 2020)
Capitalism seems to many to be in a sort of constant crisis, leaving many struggling to make ends meet. This desperation was intensified in 2008, and for many never went away in spite of claims of a general economic ‘recovery.’ More recently, the tensions and shortcomings of our current socioeconomic... Read More
Jessica Whyte, “Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism” (Verso, 2019)
Drawing on detailed archival research on the parallel histories of human rights and neoliberalism, in Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism (Verso), Jessica Whyte uncovers the place of human rights in neoliberal attempts to develop a moral framework for a market society. In the wake... Read More
C. De Beukelaer and K. M. Spence, “Global Cultural Economy” (Routledge, 2018)
How should we understand the role of cultural industries in contemporary society? In Global Cultural Economy (Routledge) Christiaan De Beukelaer, a senior lecturer in cultural policy at the University of Melbourne, and Kim-Marie Spence, a postdoctoral researcher at Solent University, explore and explain the interrelationship between culture and economy across... Read More
Ronak K. Kapadia, “Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War”(Duke UP, 2019)
In Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War (Duke University Press), Ronak K. Kapadia theorizes the world-making power of contemporary art responses to US militarism in the Greater Middle East. He traces how new forms of remote killing, torture, confinement, and surveillance have created a distinctive... Read More
João Costa Vargas, “The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering” (U of Minnesota Press, 2018)
An incisive new look at the black diaspora, examining the true roots of antiblackness and its destructive effects on all of society. Thanks to movements like Black Lives Matter, Western society’s chronic discrimination against black individuals has become front-page news. Yet, there is little awareness of the systemic factors that... Read More