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Book review: Race and the Undeserving Poor

Robbie Shilliam’s brilliant book highlights the historical importance of race in social and welfare policy in Britain and in so doing makes a crucial and timely intervention into contemporary progressive debate Explanations of Brexit, Trump and populist movements elsewhere have tended to divide opinion between those who emphasise social class and those who emphasise identity, particularly race. Robbie Shilliam’s important … Continue reading

17 September 2018 by
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Book review: Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union

Owen Parker

Harold D. Clarke, Matthew Goodwin and Paul Whiteley’s new book provides a nuanced picture of why people voted as they did in 2016 There are many stories seeking to explain the outcome of the 2016 referendum on UK membership of the EU. These include stories that focus on the long-term status of the UK as an “awkward partner” since it … Continue reading

24 July 2018 by
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Book Review: Extracting Profit: Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the New Scramble for Africa

Lee Wengraf provides an important reminder that Africa’s position within the world economy is heavily determined by its unequal insertion into the global capitalist system and ongoing manifestations of imperialism. A focus on politics within African countries might offer further pointers as to how this status quo is reproduced and how it might be changed. The idea of ‘Africa Rising’ … Continue reading

11 June 2018 by
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Globalising cities and their de-globalising hinterlands: Book review

Scott Lavery

Global cities at the ‘core’ of the national economy generate deep and de-stabilising patterns of under-development in the ‘periphery’ Cities have long played a critical role in the development of global capitalism. In renaissance Europe, merchants in Genoa, Venice and Florence extended their power by integrating their urban economies into trade flows emanating from the Orient. During the 19th-century Pax … Continue reading

2 March 2018 by
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A book of brilliant things?

A review of Andy Beckett’s ‘Promised You a Miracle: UK80-82’ On February 16th SPERI is delighted to welcome Andy Beckett of The Guardian, for the Sheffield launch of his new book ‘Promised You a Miracle: UK 80-82’. This event is free of charge and open to all. Book your place here. Stephen Farrall, who will introduce Andy’s book at the … Continue reading

3 February 2016 by
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