Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

John D. Brewer, professor of post-conflict studies, Queen's University Belfast, is reading Jonathan Tonge's Comparative Peace Processes (Polity, 2014). "I read this with great pleasure and enjoyment but also with growing disappointment. It is an excellent account of the politics of several peace processes, successful and failed, and illustrates the need for sociologists and political scientists to collaborate. Peace processes will not be fully understood until their sociological and social psychological dimensions are addressed, and we focus as much on societal healing as on institutional reform."

Jonathan Eaton, research and engagement manager, Newcastle College, is reading Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk (Jonathan Cape, 2014). "Gripped by grief after the loss of her beloved father, Macdonald developed an intense relationship with a captive goshawk. The narrative is haunted by the literary presence of T. H. White, whose ill-fated attempt to train a goshawk reflected his own inner demons. This extraordinary book is destined to be the natural successor to J. A. Baker's classic work The Peregrine."

Kate D. Griffiths-Dingani, doctoral candidate in anthropology, City University of New York, is reading Pnina Werbner's The Making of an African Working Class: Politics, Law, and Cultural Protest in the Manual Workers' Union of Botswana (Pluto Press, 2014). "Filled with engaging interventions into debates about class, critical legal theory and the social production of the state, this book is at its best in its depiction of women working for low wages as employees of the Botswanan government. …

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