New to the Library for Social and Political Science

Thanks to recommendations from members of staff and requests via RAB from students the Library is continually adding new books to its collections both online and in print. Here are just a (very) small number of the books that have been added to the Library’s collections in April 2016 for the School of Social and Political Science and these demonstrate the wide range of subjects being taught, studied and researched within School.

–> Find these and more via DiscoverEd.

Capitalism: competition, conflict, crises by Anwar Shaikh (shelfmark: HB501 Sha. Also available as e-book).

Theories of international politics and zombies by Daniel W. Drezner (shelfmark: JZ1305 Dre. Also available as e-book).


“What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and started to eat the living? Daniel Drezner’s groundbreaking book answers the question that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask. Addressing timely issues with analytical bite, Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to a war with zombies.”

There is: the event and the finitude of appearing by Claude Romano ; translated by Michael B. Smith (shelfmark: B2433.R663 Rom.)

Europe’s long energy journey: towards an energy union? by David Buchan and Malcolm Keay (shelfmark: HD9502.E852 Buc.)

Fragile elite: the dilemmas of China’s top university students by Susanne Bregnbaek (e-book).

The passion for music: a sociology of mediation by Antoine Hennion ; translated by Margaret Rigaud and Peter Collier (shelfmark: ML3845 Hen.)

Game theory and exercises by Gisèle Umbhauer (shelfmark: HB144 Umb. Also available as e-book).

Pax technica: how the internet of things may set us free or lock us up by Philip N. Howard (shelfmark: HM851 How.)


“Should we fear or welcome the internet’s evolution? The “internet of things” is the rapidly growing network of everyday objects–eyeglasses, cars, thermostats–made smart with sensors and internet addresses…Drawing on evidence from around the world, Howard illustrates how the internet of things can be used to repress and control people. Yet he also demonstrates that if we actively engage with the governments and businesses building the internet of things, we have a chance to build a new kind of internet–and a more open society.”

Bloomsbury encyclopedia of utilitarianism edited by James E. Crimmins (shelfmark: Ref. B843 Blo.)

Trafficking and prostitution reconsidered: new perspectives on migration, sex work, and human rights edited by Kamala Kempadoo with Jyoti Sanghera and Bandana Pattanaik (e-book).

A guide to therapeutic child care : what you need to know to create a healing home by Ruth Emond, Laura Steckley and Autumn Roesch-Marsh (shelfmark: RJ506.P66 Emo.)

Digital militarism: Israel’s occupation in the social media age by Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein (shelfmark: DS119.76 Kun. Also available as e-book).

Women, land and justice in Tanzania by Helen Dancer (shelfmark: KTT66.3 Dan.)

A very old machine: the many origins of the cinema in India by Sudhir Mahadevan (shelfmark: PN1993.5.I8 Mah.)


“Sudhir Mahadevan argues that Indian cinema’s deep nineteenth-century past continues to play a vital role in its twenty-first-century present.”

Sugar and modernity in Latin America by Per Bendix Jeppesen (e-book).

Architecture as cultural and political discourse: case studies of conceptual norms and aesthetic practices by Daniel Grinceri (shelfmark: NA2543.S6 Gri.)

Orientalists, propagandists, and ilustrados : Filipino scholarship and the end of Spanish colonialism by Megan C. Thomas (e-book).

You can find all of these books and the many more that are available for supporting teaching, learning and research in Social and Political Science via DiscoverEd. E-books are only available to current students and staff at the University of Edinburgh.

You may find some of the print books listed in the New Books display on the 1st floor of the Main Library, where a selection of new books from all subjects across the University are held. Books on these display shelves can be borrowed as normal.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science.

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