Category Archives: books

On Burning Books

Topical this week, but its always been true that the way the pages crumple one by one as they burn is strangely fascinating…. Via the link is a chapter length text I wrote some time ago (currently under consideration for … Continue reading

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Methods and Ethnography

OK, asked for references twice in two days on the same thing, so started thinking what I might reread if I was going to think about methods and ethnography now: Mitchell Duneier, “Sidewalk” – a thoughtful study of magazine vendors … Continue reading

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For Daisy

One of my nieces in Australia has a high school project which entails asking people: “Do you Like reading – Why,  What does reading do for you, what comes to your mind when you think about reading and What makes a peice of literature … Continue reading

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Literature and Film Go Wild in the Streets: from Burning Books to the War on Terror.

Abstract for Joel (to be written up by March) Literature and Film Go Wild in the Streets: from Burning Books to the War on Terror. Book burning is something close to the heart of novelist Salman Rushdie, whose work, The … Continue reading

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離散與混雜

離散與混雜 = Diaspora and Hybridity – now available in Chinese (unlike this blog). (and crikey, babel fish does a bad job of rendering the Chinese title – calling it  “Separate and promiscuous” ?? – but I expect babel hasn’t really got a … Continue reading

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Google clouded my book

Accursed Share Adorno Althusser analysis anthropology anti-capitalism archive bad Marxism Bataille Bataille’s Bhabha called capital capitalistchapattis circulationCollege of Sociology colonial commodity communism communist contemporary context critical critique cultural studies debate debt Derrida and Sprinkler dialectical discussion displacement economic Empire engagement … Continue reading

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Godard "British Sounds" pt 1

You can find Jean-Luc Godard’s “British Sounds” in all its glory on You Tube now. It is worth watching all the way through (6 parts) – from the ‘petroleum of pop music’ and excerpts from the great Shiela Rowbothom to … Continue reading

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