Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?: Books

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?: Books

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

George McKay, AHRC leadership fellow for the Connected Communities programme, University of Salford, is reading Lee Higgins' Community Music: In Theory and In Practice (Oxford University Press, 2012). "A challenging effort to understand the ideas of community music, that obstinate, creative, critical movement of informal music education and social engagement. Among many (too many?) case studies, Higgins draws on past practice as a samba drummer. Most interesting is the theoretical discussion, which seeks to move beyond the familiar reading of the music workshop as utopian temporary community."

Roger Numas, principal lecturer at the University of Brighton, is reading Matthew Collins' Hate: My Life in the British Far Right (Biteback, 2012). "An engaging (and funny) account by a former member of the British Far Right's inner sanctum. Not surprisingly, the enemies are the Jews and their tools - the Reds and the Blacks. Collins organised sporadic Kristallnachts in South London, but Oldham was his Stalingrad. He gradually became disillusioned with a disunited movement, and the internecine wars, plots and conspiracies fuelled by the naked ambition of an incompetent few took their toll. He is now a turncoat heavily engaged with the Hope not Hate campaign. All's well that ends well!"

R.C. Richardson, professor emeritus of history, University of Winchester, is reading Lucy Lethbridge's Servants: A Downstairs View of Twentieth- century Britain (Bloomsbury, 2013). …

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