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The Politics of Green Transformations


Multiple ‘green transformations’ are required if humanity is to live sustainably on planet Earth. Recalling past transformations, this book examines what makes the current challenge different, and especially urgent. It examines how green transformations must take place in the context of the particular moments of capitalist development, and in relation to particular alliances. Green transformations must be both ‘top-down’, involving elite alliances between states and business, but also ‘bottom up’, pushed by grassroots innovators and entrepreneurs, and part of wider mobilisations among civil society. n The Politics of Green Transformations by Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach, Peter Newell (eds). ISBN 9781138792906, (paperback), 248pp @ £22.94. For more information see: www.routledge.com/ books/details/ 9781138792906/


Working Childhoods: Youth, Agency and the Environment in India


This book draws upon research in the Indian Himalayas to provide a theoretically informed account of children’s lives in a remote part of the world. The book shows that children in their pre-teens and teens are lynchpins of the rural economy, spending hours each day herding cattle, collecting leaves, and juggling household tasks with schoolwork. By documenting children’s stories, songs, friendships, fears and tribulations, the book offers a powerful account of youth agency and young people’s rich relationship with the natural world. n Working Childhoods: Youth, Agency and the Environment in India by Jane Dyson ISBN 9781107058385, (hardback), 186pp @ £50.00. For more information see: www. cambridge.org/al/ academic/subjects/ anthropology


Lived Economies of Default: Consumer Credit, Debt Collection and the Capture of Affect (CRESC)


Consumer credit borrowing – using credit cards, store cards and personal loans – is an important and routine part of many of our lives. But what happens when these everyday forms of borrowing go ‘bad’, when people start to default on their loans and when they cannot, or will not, repay? It is this poorly understood, controversial, but central part of both the consumer credit industry and the lived experiences of an increasing number of people that this book explores.n Lived Economies of Default: Consumer Credit, Debt Collection and the Capture of Affect (CRESC) by Joe Deville. ISBN 978-0415622509, (hardback), 230pp @ £85.00. For more information see: www.routledge.com/ books/details/ 9780415622509/


Ethnography, Diversity and Urban Space


Across Europe, multiculturalism as a public policy has been declared ‘dead’ but everyday multiculture is alive and well. This book explores how people live with diversity in contemporary cities and towns across Europe. Drawing on ethnographic studies ranging from London’s inner city and residential suburbs to English provincial towns, from a working-class neighbourhood in Nuremberg to the streets of Naples, Turin and Milan, chapters explore how diversity is experienced in everyday lives, and what new forms of local belonging emerge when local places are connected to so many distant elsewheres. n Ethnography, Diversity and Urban Space by Mette Louise Berg, Ben Gidley, Nando Sigona (eds). ISBN 978-1138795358, (hardback), 144pp @ £85.00. For more information see: www.routledge.com/ books/details/ 9781138795358


EVENTS 16 APRIL


Food Options, Opinions and Decisions (FOOD), seminar 2/9


This seminar will focus on consumer behaviour and food security with an emphasis on health, safety, and sustainability. It will draw together leading researchers and practitioners in these respective fields. The emphasis will be placed on forging interdisciplinary connections to gain a greater understanding of the connections between different fields of practice and academic enquiry. lubswww.leeds.ac.uk/cdr/ seminar-series-on-food/


22 APRIL


Green Innovation: making it work, seminar 1/6


This first seminar will provide an overview of the subject matter covered by green innovation, whilst introducing some important themes prior to more detailed consideration in later seminars. This will involve exploring the origins and scope of green innovation, comparing definitions and identifying contributing academic disciplines. www.ntu.ac.uk/nbs/news_events/index.html


20 MAY


Exploring long-term trends in social attitudes and crime


Exploring why change takes place and the implications of both changes and stability is of growing importance for social scientists. Yet the limited availability of datasets which enable these sorts of analyses hampers efforts. This free one-day workshop will introduce a series of linked datasets which will enable analysts to explore long runs of repeated cross-sectional datasets. ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/ eventsitem/?id=4020


4-5 JUNE


Secondary analysis of qualitative data: An advanced training course


This two-day workshop is designed for qualitative researchers aiming to re-use secondary data in their own work. Through presentations and practical sessions, participants will learn about the key issues in secondary analysis, including: research ethics, methodological challenges, data context and sampling. shortcoursesgateway. essex.ac.uk/Portal/Home2


SPRING 2011 SOCIETY NOW 31 SPRING 2015


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