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The first multi-author book launch from Global Politics, Economy and Society

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The first multi-author book launch from Global Politics, Economy and Society

The Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society (GPES) recently held a book launch featuring a range of new and challenging work from seven members of the inter-disciplinary body.

The event on 23 April 2018 was the first time the academics from the Centre shared a platform to highlight their publications to an invited audience.

GPES provides a forum for inter-disciplinary research, with the aim of encouraging reflection on and investigation into social transformations which affect the world today. The books span a range of topics.

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In The World-making power of new media: Mere connection? (Routledge 2018), Barrie Axford dissects the contested idea of globality as a contribution to a global theory of connection through media. Multiple forms of digital communication, their transformative social power and the cultural dynamics of globalization are examined. He also explores the influence of the Internet on democracy, democratization and revolt, as well as the media’s framing of sport, intimacy and trust.

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Active Citizenship in Europe: Practices and Demands in the EU, Italy, Turkey and the UK (Palgrave 2017): Cristiano Bee provides an overview of key issues in the debate concerning the emergence of active citizenship in Europe. Cristiano delves into the promotion of patterns of civic and political engagement, and civic and political participation by the EU and the relative responses drawn by organizations of the civil society operating at the supranational level and in Italy, Turkey and the UK. Key debates are addressed with the backdrop of democratic, financial and migration crises that have hit Europe since 2005.

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Molly Cochran (ed with Cornelia Navari) tacklesProgressivism and US Foreign Policy Between the World Wars (Palgrave MacMillan 2017).This edited volume considers twelve key thinkers on American foreign policy during the inter-war period. All put forward systematic proposals for the direction, aims and instruments of American foreign policy; all were listened to, in varying degrees by the policy makers of the day; all were influential in policy terms, as well as setting the terms of contemporary debate. Responding to recent interest in the inter-war period sparked by America's part in international politics since 9/11, this book focuses on the progressive agenda as its was first formulated by Herbert Croly and The New Republic in the run up to the First World War.

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Spaces of Capital / Spaces of Resistance: Mexico and the Global Political Economy (Georgia University Press 2018), by Chris Hesketh, is based on original fieldwork in Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico. It offers a bridge between geography and historical sociology and studies the production of space within the global political economy. Drawing on multiple disciplines, Hesketh’s discussion of state formation in Mexico takes us beyond the national level to explore the interplay between global, regional, national, and subnational articulations of power. Furthermore, the author brings attention to the conflicts involved in the production of space, placing particular emphasis on indigenous communities and movements and their creation of counterspaces of resistance. He argues that indigenous movements are now the leading social force of popular mobilization in Latin America.

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In Film and Identity in Kazakhstan: Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture in Central Asia (I.B Tauris, 2018), Rico Isaacs uses cinema as an analytical lens to examine how the Kazakh national identity has been constructed and contested. Drawing on an analysis of Kazakh films from the last century, and featuring new interviews with directors and critics involved in the Central Asian film industry, his book traces the construction of nationalism within Kazakh cinema, from the country's inception as a Soviet Republic, to a modern independent nation.

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Making Sense of Parenthood: Caring, Gender and Family Ties (Cambridge University Press 2017), is Tina Miller’s latest book in a series. The focus is on transitions to first-time parenthood and the unfolding experiences of managing caring and paid work in modern families. Returning to her original participants, she collects later episodes of their experience of 'doing' family life, and meticulously examines mothers' and fathers' accounts of negotiating intensified parenting responsibilities and work-place demands. The findings presented will inform both scholarly work and policy on family lives, gender equality and work.

Unmaking Environmental Activism

Doerthe Rosenow in her book Unmaking Environmental Activism: Beyond Modern/Colonial Binaries in the GMO Controversy (Routledge 2018), proposes that much environmental activism is caught in a logic that plays science against emotion, objective evidence against partisan aims, and human interest against a nature that has intrinsic value. Radical activists, by contrast, play down the role of science in determining environmental politics, but read their solutions to environmental problems off fixed theories of domination and oppression.

This book analyses the arguments and practices of anti-GMO activists at three different sites to show how we can move beyond modern/colonial binaries.