Book Reviews

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If you wish to have your book considered for review, please email (or ask your publisher to email) one of the book review editors:

English – Mandisi Majavu (majavums AT

English or Danish – Bjarke Skærlund Risager (bjarkerisager AT

Requests for review should be made as close to the publication date as possible. We will endeavour to match your book with suitable reviewers. However, this will not always be possible and so not all books received will be reviewed.


Book reviews for Interface are 1 – 2,000 words long and are reviews of important theoretical, political and research works that are felt will be of interest to readers of the journal.

The general guidelines about writing for Interface cover the general themes and audience for the journal, language issues and questions of format.

If you are interested in submitting a review to Interface, please send a brief email to the Book Reviews Editor, Mandisi Majavu at majavums AT outlining why you feel the book might be of interest to activists and researchers involved in a range of different social movements around the world, a short biography (250 words or less) and your primary affiliation (activist or academic). Please also include a statement guaranteeing that you have no close personal or professional ties to the book’s author.

Please ensure that the book is not already reviewed or under review by checking the lists below.

Offers of Review Copies – reviewers needed!

Desai, M. (2016). Subaltern movements in India: Gendered geographies of struggle against neoliberal development. Routledge.

Waterman, P. (2015). From Coldwar Communism to the Global Emancipatory Movement: Itinerary of a Long-Distance Internationalist. into

Wanzer-Serrano, D. (2015). The New York Young Lords and the struggle for liberation. Temple University Press.

Choudry, A. (2015). Learning activism: The intellectual life of contemporary social movements. University of Toronto Press.

Deseriis, M. (2015). Improper names: Collective pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous. University of Minnesota Press.

Press, R. M. (2015). Ripples of hope: How ordinary people resist repression without violence. Amsterdam University Press.

Ness, I. (2015). Southern insurgency: The coming of the global working class. Pluto Press.

Jacobsson, K. (Ed.). (2015). Urban grassroots movements in Central and Eastern Europe. Ashgate.

Wrenn, C. (2015). A rational approach to animal rights. Palgrave MacMillan.

Rossi, F. M.,& von Bulow, M. (eds.). (2015). Social movements dynamics: new perspectives on theory and research from Latin America. Ashgate.

Paternotte, D., & Tremblay, M. (eds.). (2015). The Ashgate research companion to lesbian and gay activism. Ashgate.

Nulman, E. (2015). Climate change and social movements: Civil society and the development of National Climate Change Policy. Palgrave Macmillan.

Diani, M. (2015). The cement of civil society: Studying networks in localities. Cambridge University Press.

Falk, R. (2015). Chaos and counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring. Zed Books.

Satgar, V. (2015). Capitalism’s crises: Class struggles in South Africa and the world. Wits University Press.

Dinerstein, A.C. (2014). The politics of autonomy in Latin America: The art of organizing hope. Palgrave MacMillan.

Zayani, M. (2015). Networked publics and digital contention: The politics of everyday life in Tunisia. Oxford University Press.

Parks, L. (2015). Social movements campaigns on EU policy: In the corridors and in the streets. Palgrave MacMillan.

Foley, M.S. (2013). Front porch politics: The forgotten heyday of American activism in the 1970s and 1980s. MacMillan Publishers.

Alexander, A. & Bassiouny, M. (2014). Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: Workers and the Egyptian Revolution. Zed Books.

Wood, L. J. (2014). Crisis and control: The militarization of protest policing. Pluto Press.

Werbner, P. (2014). The making of an African working class: Politics, law and cultural protest in the manual workers’ union of Botswana. Pluto Press.

Greenstein, Ran. (2014). Zionism and its discontents: A century of radical dissent in Israel / Palestine. Pluto Press.

Katsiaficas, G. (2013). Asia’s unknown uprisings (Vol 1 & 2): People power in the Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia, 1947 – 2009. PM Press.

Chabanet, D. & Royall, F. (2014). From silence to protest: International perspectives on weakly resourced groups. Ashgate Publishing Group.

Jacob A. Zumoff. (2014). The Communist International and US Communism, 1919 – 1929. Leiden: Brill.

Claudio Cattaneo & Miguel Martinez (Eds.). (2014). The Squatter’s Movement in Europe: Everyday commons and autonomy as alternatives to capitalism. Pluto Press.

Hutter, S. (2014). Protesting culture and economics in Western Europe: New cleavages in left and right politics. UMP.

Rubin, J. W. & Sokoloff-Rubin, E. (2014). Sustaining activism: A Brazilian Women’s Movement and a Father-Daughter Collaboration. Duke University Press.

Heydarian, Richard Jayad. (2014). How Capitalism failed the Arab World: The economic roots and precarious future of the Middle East Uprising. Zed Books.

Borg, C. & Grech, M. (2014). Lorenzo Milan’s Culture of Peace: Essays on Religion, Education, and Democratic Life.  Palgrave Macmillan.

Branagan, M. (2013). Global warming, militarism and nonviolence: The art of active resistance. Palgrave Macmillan.

Shakur, Sanyika. 2013. Stand up struggle forward: New Afrikan revolutionary writings on Nation, Class and Patriarchy. Kersplebedeb.

Rosewarne, S., Goodman, J. &  Pearse, R. 2013. Climate Action Upsurge: The Ethnography of Climate Movement Politics. London: Routledge.

J. Smith & André Moncourt (Eds.). 2013. The Red Army Faction: A documentary history, Volume 2: Dancing with imperialism. Kersplebedeb.

Mello, Brian. (2013). Evaluating social movements impacts: Comparative lessons from the Labour Movement in Turkey. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Solty, I. (2013). Die USA unter Obama: Charismatische Herrschaft, soziale Bewegungen und imperiale Politik in der globalen Krise. Hamburg: Das Argument, 2013.

Austin, D. (2013). Fear of a black Nation: Race, sex and security in sixties Montreal. Between The Lines.

Oriola, T. B.(2013). Criminal resistance: The politics of kidnapping oil workers? Ashgate.

Dawson, M. C. & Sinwell, L. (Eds.). (2013). Contesting transformation: Popular resistance in twenty-first century South Africa. Pluto Press.

Jai Sen & Peter Waterman (eds.). (2012). World Social Forum: Critical Explorations. Open Word Books.

Saunders, C. (2013). Environmental networks and social movement theory. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Knight, R.(2013).  Voyage Through the Past Century. New Star Books.

Robert Ogman. (2013). Against the Nation : Anti – National Politics in Germany. New Compass Press.

Kate Davies. (2013). The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement.  Rowman & Littlefield.

Andersson, V. & Christensen, S. F. (Eds). (2013). Latin American Responses to Changing Global Contexts: Development strategies, rights and identity formations. Aalborg, Denmark: Aalborg University Press.

Books Under Review (updated December 2015)

Choudry, A. and Hlatshwayo, M. (Eds.). (2015). Just work? Migrant workers’ struggle today. Pluto Press.

Heartfield, J. and Rooney, K. (2015). Who’s afraid of the Easter rising? 1916 – 2016. Zero Books.

Agustín, Ó. G. (2015). Sociology of Discourse: From institutions to social change. John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Alexandre Emboaba Da Costa. (2014). Reimagining Black Difference and Politics in Brazil. Palgrave Macmillan.

Baumgarten, Britta., Daphi, Priska., Ullrish, Peter. (2014). Conceptualising culture in social movement research. Palgrave Macmillan.

Bensaid, Daniel. (2014). An impatient life: A memoir. Verso.

Williams, M. & Satgar, V. (Eds.). (2013). Marxism in the 21st century: Crisis, critique and struggle. Wits Press.

Ormrod, James. (2014). Fantasy and social movements. Palgrave Macmillan.

Beyerle, S. (2014). Curtailing corruption: People power for accountability and justice. Lynne Reinner.

Broadbent, J. (Ed.).  (2011). East Asian Social Movements: Power, Protest and Change in a Dynamic Region. Springer.

Carling-Jenkins, R. (2014). Disability and social movements: Learning from Australian experiences. Ashgate Publishing Group.

Choudry, A. & Smith, A. A. (2014). Unfree Labour: Struggles of migrant and immigrant workers in Canada. Fernwood Publishing.

Flood, Catherine. & Grindon, Gavin. (2014). Disobedient Objects: Art Exhibition. V&A Publishing.

Hajek, Andrea. 2013. Negotiating memories of protest in Western Europe: The case of Italy. Palgrave Macmillan.Hajek, Andrea. 2013.

Hermes, K. (2015). Crashing the party: Legacies and lessons from the RNC 2000. PM Press.

Juris, J. S. & Khasnabish, A. (Eds.). (2013). Insurgent Encounters: Transnational Activism, Ethnography, and the Political. Duke University Press.

Kioupkiolis, Alexandros & Katsambekis, Giorgos. (2014). Radical democracy and collective movements today. Ashgate Publishing Group.

Moran, Marie. (2014). Identity and Capitalism. Sage.

Motta, C. Sara. & Cole, Mike. (2014). Constructing Twenty-First Century Socialism in Latin America: The role of radical education. Palgrave Macmillan.

Munck, R. Trabajo, sindicatos migraciones en el marco de la globalización neoliberal

Ramamurthy, A. (2013). Black Star: Britain’s youth movements. Pluto press.

Susanne Rinner. (2013). The German Student Movement and the Literary Imagination: Transnational Memories of Protest and Dissent. Berghahn Books.

Wu, Yiching. (2014). The cultural revolution at the margins: Chinese socialism in crisis. Harvard University Press.

Books Reviewed (in issue 1/1)

Conway, J. 2005. Praxis and politics. Knowledge Production in Social Movements, Routledge.

Reviewed by Fergal Finnegan, NUI Maynooth

Books Reviewed (in issue 1/2)

Francione, GL. 2008. Animals as persons: essays on the abolition of animal exploitation. Columbia Univ Pr.

Reviewed by Roger Yates, Department of Sociology, University College Dublin

Swarts, HJ. 2008. Organizing urban America: Secular and faith-based progressive movements. Univ Of Minnesota Press.

Reviewed by Maite Tapia, ILR School, Cornell University

Incite! Women of Colour Against Violence, ed. 2007. The revolution will not be funded: beyond the nonprofit industrial complex. Cambridge: South End Press.

Reviewed by Theresa O’Keefe, Department of Sociology, NUI Maynooth

Books Reviewed (in issue 2/1)

Maeckelbergh, M. (2009). The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy (Anthropology, Culture and Society). Pluto Press. Reviewed by Emma Dowling, Queen Mary University of London.

Maeda, D. (2009). Chains of Babylon: the rise of Asian America. Reviewed by Adrienne Showalter Matlock, University of Kansas.

McVeigh, R. (2009). Rise of the Ku Klux Klan: Right-wing Movements and National Politics (Social Movements, Protest, and Contention). University of Minnesota Press. Reviewed by Allison M Hurst, Furman University, South Carolina.

Shah-Shuja, M. (2008). Zones of Proletarian Development. OpenMute. Reviewed by Donagh Davis, European University Institute, Florence.

Van der Walt, L., & Schmidt, M. (2009). Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism. AK Press. Reviewed by Deric Shannon, University of Connecticut.

Woehrle, L. M., Coy, P. G., & Maney, G. M. (2008). Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power, and Strategy in the Peace Movement. AltaMira Press, U.S. Reviewed by Janeske Botes, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Juris, J. (2008) Networking futures: the movements against corporate globalization. Reviewed by Israel Rodriguez-Giralt, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Books Reviewed (in issue 2/2)

Bob, C. (2005). The marketing of rebellion: insurgents, media and international activism. Cambridge University Press. Reviewed by Tomas MacSheoin.

Charlton, J. (2009). Don’t you hear the H-Bomb’s thunder? Youth and politics on Tyneside in the late ‘fifties and early ‘sixties. Merlin / North East Labour History. Reviewed by Laurence Cox.

Reger, J., Myers, D., and Einwohner, L.R. (2008). Identity work in social movements. University of Minnesota Press. Reviewed by Maite Tapia.

Rodriguez, C., Kidd, D., and Stein, L. (2010). Making our media. Global initiatives towards a democratic public sphere. Volume one: creating new communication spaces. Hampton Press.

Stein, L., Kidd, D., and Rodriguez, C. (2009). Making our media. Global initiatives towards a democratic public sphere. Volume two: national and global movements for democratic communication. Hampton Press. Reviewed by Stefania Milan.

Books Reviewed (issue 3/1)

Davis, L. and Kinna, R. (2009). Anarchism and utopianism. Manchester University Press. Reviewed by Martha Ackelsberg.

Dukelow, F. and O’Donovan, O. (2010) Mobilising classics: reading radical writing in Ireland. Manchester University Press. Reviewed by Fergal Finnegan.

Graeber, D. (2009). Direct Action: an ethnography. AK Press. Reviewed by Mandisi Majavu.

Hyde-Clarke, N. (Ed.). (2010). The citizen in communication: Re-visiting traditional, new and community media practices in South Africa. Cape Town, SA: Juta. Reviewed by Marian Burchardt.

Kuhn, G. (2010). Sober living for the revolution: hardcore punk, Straight Edge and radical politics. PM Press. Reviewed by John L. Murphy.

Nilsen, A.G. (2010). Dispossession and resistance in India: the river and the rage. Routledge. Reviewed by Lesley Wood.

Books Reviewed (issue 3/2)

Earl, J. & Kimport, K. (2011) Digital Enabled Social Change: Activitism in the Internet Age. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. Reviewed by Piotr Konieczny

Ojas, S.V. et al. (2010) Plural narratives from Narmada Valley. Delhi Solidarity Group, Delhi. Reviewed by Thomas Mac Sheoin

Scandrett, E. et al. (2009) Bhopal survivors speak: emergent voices from a people’s movement: Bhopal survivors’ movement study. World Power Books, Edinburgh. Reviewed by Thomas Mac Sheoin

Wainwright, H. (2009) Reclaim the state: experiments in popular democracy. Seagull, London. Reviewed by Laurence Cox

Books Reviewed (in issue 4/1)

Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan, Why civil resistance works: the strategic logic of nonviolent action. Columbia University Press. Reviewed by Brian Martin

Firoze Manji and Sokari Ekine (eds), Africa awakening: the emerging revolutions. Pambazuka Press. Reviewed by Karen Ferreira-Meyers

Amory Starr, Luis Fernandez and Christian Scholl, Shutting down the streets: political violence and social control in the global era. New York University Press. Reviewed by Deborah Eade

Rebecca Kolins Givan, Kenneth Roberts and Sarah Soule (eds), The diffusion of social movements: actors, mechanisms, and political effects. Cambridge University Press. Reviewed by Cecelia Walsh-Russo

Florian Heßdörfer, Andrea Pabst and Peter Ullrich (eds), Prevent and tame: protest under (self)control. Karl Dietz Verlag. Reviewed by Lucinda Thompson

Observatorio Metropolitano, Crisis y revolución en Europa: people of Europe rise up! Traficantes de Sueños. Reviewed by Michael Byrne

Mariel Mikaela Arthur Lemonik, Student activism and curricular change in higher education. Ashgate. Reviewed by Christine Neejer

Rebecca MacKinnon, Consent of the networked: the worldwide struggle for internet freedom. Basic Books. Reviewed by Piotr Konieczny

Books Reviewed (in issue 4/2)

Ben Selwyn, Workers, state and development in Brazil: powers of labour, chains of value. Manchester University Press. Reviewed by Ana Margarida Esteves.

Jai Sen (ed.), Interrogating empires and Imagining alternatives. OpenWord and Daanish Books. Reviewed by Guy Lancaster.

Janet Conway,  Edges of global justice: the World Social Forum and its “others”. Routledge. Reviewed by Mandisi Majavu.

Alan Bourke, Tia Dafnos and Kip Markus (eds.), Lumpencity: discourses of marginality / marginalizing discourses. Red Quill Books. Reviewed by Chris Richardson.

Craig Calhoun, The roots of radicalism: tradition, the public sphere and early nineteenth century social movements. The University of Chicago Press. Reviewed by Mandisi Majavu.

Books Reviewed (in issue 5/1)

Zibechi, Raúl. Translated by Ramor Ryan. (2012). Territories in resistance: A cartography of Latin American social movements. Oakland: AK Press. Reviewed by Colleen Hackett

Dwyer, Peter and Leo Zeilig. (2012). African struggles today: Social movements since Independence. Haymarket Books. Reviewed by Jonny Keyworth

Bush, D. Roderick. (2009). The end of white supremacy: Black internationalism and the problem of the color line. Temple University Press. Reviewed by Hleziphi Naomie Nyanungo

Rahier, J. M. (2012). Black social movements in Latin America: From monocultural mestizaje to multiculturalism. Palgrave Macmillan. Reviewed by Mandisi Majavu

Scholl, Christian. (2012). Two sides of a barricade: (Dis)order and summit protest in Europe. Reviewed by Ana Margarida Esteves

Te Punga Somerville, Alice. (2012). Once Were Pacific: Māori connections to Oceania. University of Minnesota Press. Reviewed by Ella Henry

Books Reviewed (in issue 5/2)

Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright. 2013. Beyond the fragments: feminism and the making of socialism (3rd edition). London: Merlin.  Reviewed by Laurence Cox

Shigematsu, Setsu. 2012. Scream from the Shadows: The Women’s Liberation Movement in Japan. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.  Reviewed by Julia Schuster

Chris Crass. 2013. Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis and Movement Building Strategy. PM Press. Reviewed by Lesley Wood

Wood, Lesley. 2012. Direct Action, Deliberation and Diffusion: Collective Action after the WTO protests in Seattle. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Reviewed by Neil Sutherland

Mattoni, Alice. 2012. Media Practices and Protest Politics – How Precarious Workers Mobilise. Ashgate. Reviewed by Mark Bergfeld

Gerbaudo, Paulo. 2012. Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism. London: PlutoPress. Reviewed by Maite Tapia

Hill, Symon. 2013. Digital Revolutions: Activism in the Internet Age. Oxford: New Internationalist Publications Ltd. Reviewed by Deborah Eade

R. D. Smith. 2012. Higher hopes: A black man’s guide to college. BFI Technology: Rochester. Reviewed by Mandisi Majavu

Books Reviewed (in issue 6/1)

Brookfield, S. and Holst, J.D., 2011, Radicalizing Learning: Adult Education for a Just World. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass. Reviewed by Maeve O’Grady

Daza, Mar; Hoetmer Raphael; & Vargas, Virginia (eds.), 2012, Crisis y Movimientos Sociales en Nuestra América: Cuerpos, Territorios e Imaginarios en Disputa. Lima: Programa Democracia y Transformación Global. 498 pp. Reviewed by Edgar Guerra Blanco

Roy, Srila, 2012, New South Asian Feminisms: Paradoxes and Possibilities. London: Zed Books (208 pages; £19.99 | $35.95) Reviewed by Sara de Jong

Harvey, David, 2012, Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. New York: Verso. Reviewed by Kristen A. Williams

Book review: Choudry, Aziz, Hanley, Jill, and Shragge, Eric (Eds.), 2012, Organize! Building from the Local for Global Justice. Oakland: PM Press. Reviewed by Markus Kip

Cox, Laurence, 2013, Buddhism and Ireland: From the Celts to the Counter-Culture and Beyond.  Sheffield and Bristol: Equinox. Reviewed by Eilís Ward

Books Reviewed (in issue 6/2)

Flesher Fominaya, Cristina. (2014). Social Movements and Globalization: How Protests and Occupations are Changing the World. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Reviewed by Catherine Eschle.

Doherty, Brian and Doyle, Timothy. (2014). Environmentalism, Resistance and Solidarity: The Politics of Friends of the Earth International. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. Reviewed by Eurig Scandrett.

Dupuis-Déri, Francis. (2013). Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs? Anarchy in Action Around the World. Toronto: Between the Lines. Reviewed by Gary Roth.

Corley Íde, Helen Fallon, and Laurence Cox (Eds). (2013). Silence would be treason: Last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa. Dakar/ Bangalore: Daraja/ CODESRIA/ Books for Change. Reviewed by Amanda Slevin.

Keniston, B. (2013). Choosing to be Free: The Life Story of Rick Turner. Johannesburg. Jacana. Reviewed by Richard Pithouse.

Hancox, Dan. (2013). The village against the world. Verso Press: London. Reviewed by Kenneth Good.

Manfred Steger, James Goodman, and Erin Wilson, 2013. Justice Globalism: Ideology, Crises, Policy. London: Sage. Reviewed by Ariel Salleh.

Hall, Gwendolyn. (Ed.). (2012). A Black Communist in the freedom struggle. University of Minnesota Press: Minnesota. Reviewed by Mandisi Majavu.

Bloom, Joshua & Martin, Waldo, JR. (2013). Black against empire: The history and politics of the Black Panther Party. University of California Press:Berkeley. Reviewed by Mandisi Majavu.

Books Reviewed (in issue 7/1)

Cristina Flesher Fominaya and Laurence Cox, eds. (2013). Understanding European Movements: New Social Movements, Global Justice Struggles, Anti-Austerity Protest. London & New York: Routledge. Reviewed by Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

J.P. Clark (2013). The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism. London: Bloomsbury. Reviewed by Gerard Gill

Peter Dauvergne and Genevieve Lebaron (2014). Protest Inc.: The Corporatization of Activism. Cambridge: Polity Press. Reviewed by Lika Rodin

Alexandros Kioupkiolis and Giorgios Katsambekis, eds. (2014). Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today: The Biopolitics of the Multitude versus the Hegemony of the People. Farnham: Ashgate. Reviewed by Jamie Matthews

Stefania Milan (2013). Social Movements and Their Technologies: Wiring Social Change. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Reviewed by A.T. Kingsmith

Anna Schober (2013). The Cinema Makers: Public Life and the Exhibition of Difference in South-Eastern and Central Europe since the 1960s. Bristol: Intellect. Reviewed by Niamh Mongey

Donatella Della Porta and Alice Mattoni, eds. (2014). Spreading Protest: Social Movements in Times of Crisis. Colchester: ECPR Press.

Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzelini (2014). They Cant Represent Us! Reinventing Democracy From Greece to Occupy. London & New York: Verso. Reviewed by Nils C. Kumkar

Books Reviewed (in issue 7/2)

Laurence Cox and Alf Gunvald Nilsen, 2014, We Make Our Own History, Marxism and Social Movements in the Twilight of Neoliberalism. London: Pluto Press. Reviewed by Christopher Gunderson

Chris Dixon, 2014, Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements. University of California Press. Reviewed by Lesley J. Wood

Theresa O’Keefe, 2013, Feminist Identity Development and Activism in Revolutionary Movements. Baskingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Reviewed by Annette Behrens

Betsy Leondar-Wright, 2014, Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures. Ithaca: ILR Press. Reviewed by Bob Eastman

Wolfson, Todd, 2014, Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left. Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield: University of Illinois Press. Reviewed by Gino Canella

Martinot, Steve, 2014, The Need to Abolish the Prison System: An Ethical Indictment. Los Gatos, CA: Smashwords, Inc. Reviewed by Nick J. Sciullo

Oriola, Temitope, 2013, Criminal resistance: the politics of kidnapping oil workers. Ashgate. Reviewed by Tomás Mac Sheoin

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