Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?: Books

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?: Books

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

Mary Evans, centennial professor in the Gender Institute, London School of Economics, is reading Simon Armitage's Walking Home (Faber, 2012). "An account by the poet of his travels while singing for his supper on the Pennine Way is a picture of the England that many people might like to inhabit. Interested, altruistic people miles away from thinking about profit and celebrity ... and, what's more, the book is not fiction."

Matthew Feldman, reader in contemporary history, Teesside University, is reading Ted Cantle's Interculturalism (Palgrave, 2012). "The author of the Home Office's report on the 2001 Northern riots turns to outdated multicultural policies in an irreversibly 'super diverse world'. His compelling case moves from discussion of globalisation and identity to specifically British responses such as 'community cohesion' and the one recommended here: an intercultural 'dynamic process' of less 'groupist' hierarchies and 'interethnic interaction' - all aimed at reducing prejudice and emphasising commonality among individuals."

June Purvis, professor of women's and gender history, University of Portsmouth, is reading Laura Schwartz's Infidel Feminism: Secularism, Religion and Women's Emancipation, England 1830-1914 (Manchester University Press, 2013). "Offering the first in-depth analysis of a branch of women's rights activism that grew out of the Victorian Secularist movement, this well-researched book discusses with gusto those 'infidel' feminists who renounced religion - and debated controversial issues such as divorce, monogamy, birth control and free love. …

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