Book Reviews

Authors / Publishers

If you wish to have your book considered for review, please email (or ask your publisher to email)

Interface Book Reviews Editor,

Mandisi Majavu,

majavums AT gmail.com

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.

Reviewers

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 gmail.com 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!

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

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

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

Milan, S. (2014). Social movements and their technologies: Wiring social change. Palgrave Macmillan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hancox, Dan. 2013. The village against the world. Verso Books.

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

Ford, Julienne. (2008). Never point at a rainbow: An introduction to radical logic. Superscript.

O’Keefe, Theresa. 2013. Feminist identity development and activism in revolutionary movements. Palgrave Macmillan.

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.

Gibson, N. C. (2011). Fanonian Practices in South Africa: From Steve Biko to Abahlali basMjondolo. UKZN Press.

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.

Laine, S. (2012). Young actors in transnational Agoras: Multi-sited ethnography of cosmopolitan micropolitical orientations.

Croft, A. (2012). After the party: Reflections on life since the CPGB. Lawrence & Wilshart Ltd.

Fujino, D. (2012). Samurai among Panthers: Richard Aoki on Race, Resistance, and a paradoxical life.  University of Minnesota Press.

Katsiaficas, G. (2012). Asia’s Unknown uprisings Volume 1: South Korean Social Movements in the 20th Century. PM Press.

Books Under Review (updated June 2014)

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

Clark, J. P. (2013). The impossible community: Realising Communitarian Anarchism. Bloomsbury.

Fominaya, C. F. (2014). Social movements and globalization. Macmillan.

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

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

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

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

Helen Fallon, Ide Corley and Laurence Cox (eds.). (2013). Silence would be treason: last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa. Dakar / Bangalore: Daraja / CODESRIA / Books for Change.

Dupuis-Deri, Francis. 2013. Who’s afraid of the Black Blocs? : Anarchy in action around the world.

Bassey, N. (2012). To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa. Fahamu Books and Pambazuka Press.

Schober, A. (2013). The Cinema Makers. Public Life And The Exhibition of Difference in South-Eastern and Central Europe Since the 1960s. Intellect Publishers.

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

Cox, L. (2013). Buddhism and Ireland: from the Celts to the counter-culture and beyond. Equinox.

Saro-Wiwa, K. (2012). Silence would be treason: Last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa. Fahamu.

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

Choudry, A. & Kapoor, D. (2013). NGOization: Complicity, contradictions and prospects. Zed Books.

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

Daza, M.; Hoetmer, R. &  Vargas, V. (Eds.). (2013). Crisis y movimientos sociales en nuestra America.

Fominaya, C. F. & Cox, L. (Eds.). (2013). Understanding European Movements: New Social Movements, Global Justice Struggles, Anti-Austerity Protest. London: Routledge.

Hill, S. (2013). Digital Revolution: Activism in the Internet Age.

Barker, C., Cox, L., Krinsky, J. & Nilsen, G. (Eds.). (2013). Marxism and social movements. Brill.

Mayo, P. (2012). Politics of indignation: Imperialism, postcolonial disruptions and social change. Zero Books.

Rogers, I. H. (2012). The black campus movement: Black students and the radical reconstruction of higher education, 1965 – 1972. Palgrave MacMillan.

Weiss, M. L. & Aspinall, W. (Eds.). (2012). Student activism in Asia: Between protest and powerlessness. University of Minnesota Press.

Choudry, A. , Hanley, J. & Shragge, E. (Eds.) (2012). Organise!: Building from the Local for Global Justice. PM Press.

Mattoni, A. (2012). Media Practices and protest politics: How precarious workers mobilise. Ashgate.

Amin, S. (2012). The people’s Spring: The future of the Arab revolution. Fahamu.

Harvey, D. (2012). Rebel cities: From the right to the city to the urban revolution. Verso.

Wood, L. J. (2012). Direct action, deliberation, and diffusion: Collective action after the WTO protests in Seattle. Cambridge University Press.

Chomsky, N. (2012). Occupy. Zuccotti Park Press

Haywood, H. (2012). A Black communist in the freedom struggle: The life of Haywood. University of Minnesota Press.

Pleyers, G. (2011). Alter-globalization: Becoming actors in the Global Age. Polity Press.

Smith, J., Reese, E., Byrd, S., & Smythe, E. (2012). Handbook on World Social Forum Activism. Paradigm Publishers.

Brookfield, S. D., & Holst, J. D. (2011). Radicalizing learning: Adult education for a just world. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Brecher, Jeremy (2011) Save the Humans?: Common Preservation in Action, Paradigm Publishers.

Stone, A. L. (2012). Gay rights at the ballot box. University of Minnesota Press.

Montessori, Nicolina Montesano. 2009. A Discursive Analysis of a Struggle for Hegemony in Mexico. VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG.

Pijl, K. (2007). Nomads, Empires and States. Modes of Foreign Relations and Political Economy, vol. 1. London: Pluto Press.

Rodriguez, C. (2011). Citizens’ Media against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia. The University of Minnesota Press.

Franzway, S. & Fonow, M. M. (2011). Making Feminist Politics: Transnational Alliances between Women and Labor. University of Illinois Press.

Eschle, C. and Maiguashca, B. (2010). Making feminist sense of the global justice movement. Rowman and Littlefeld.

Saul, J. (2010) Revolutionary traveller: freeze-frames from a life. Arbeiter Ring.

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

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