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  1. If you're interested in buying/ordering books from radical/progressive bookshops try: 3 items
  2. The talks for the Contemporary Philosophy of Technology Research Group in the School of Social Policy may also be of interest/use. Available here: 1 item
  3. It is also useful to exlpore the short articles on: 3 items
  4. Week 1: Introduction 1 item
    1. Key themes are outlined and assessment explained

  5. Week 2: Neoliberalism: do 'free markets' liberate people? 35 items
    1. Key reading 2 items
      1. potlatch - William Davies

        Website  See various blogs and interviews on neoliberalism (and Brexit)

    2. Other reading 33 items
      1. Undoing the demos: neoliberalism's stealth revolution - Wendy Brown c2015

        Book Essential

      2. Undoing the Demos - Brown, Wendy 2015

        Book Essential

      3. The strange non-death of neoliberalism - Colin Crouch 2011

        Book Essential

      4. The limits of neoliberalism: authority, sovereignty and the logic of competition - William Davies 2017

        Book Essential

      5. Inequality and the 1% - Daniel Dorling 2014

        Book Recommended

      6. Injustice: why social inequality still persists - Daniel Dorling 2015

        Book Recommended

      7. Injustice: Why social inequality still persists - Danny Dorling 2015 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      8. The crisis of neoliberalism - Gérard Duménil, Dominique Lévy 2011

        Book 

      9. The strange death of British satire | New Humanist - M. Fisher 24th August 2015

        Article  Interesting/provocative piece on the perversion of culture and commentary by an upper class male perspective dominating the media

      10. A brief history of neoliberalism - David Harvey 2007

        Book Essential

      11. A brief history of neoliberalism - David Harvey 2005

        Book Essential

      12. After the new economy - Doug Henwood 2005

        Book 

      13. Neoliberalism in Action - Maurizio Lazzarato 11/2009

        Article 

      14. What money can't buy: the moral limits of markets - Michael J. Sandel 2012

        Book Background

      15. Why we can't afford the rich - R. Andrew Sayer 2015

        Book Essential Parts 2 and 3

      16. Why we can't afford the rich - R. Andrew Sayer, Richard Wilkinson 2015

        Book Essential Parts 2 and 3

      17. Politics in the age of austerity - Armin Schäfer, Wolfgang Streeck 2013

        Book Recommended Chapters 1 and 9

      18. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class - Guy Standing 2011

        Book Essential On how job security is becoming a thing of the past with employment increasingly becoming 'flexible' (i.e. insecure, short term, casualised)

      19. The precariat: the new dangerous class - Guy Standing 2011

        Book Essential On how job security is becoming a thing of the past with employment increasingly becoming 'flexible' (i.e. insecure, short term, casualised)

      20. The road from Mont Pèlerin: the making of the neoliberal thought collective - Philip Mirowski, Dieter Plehwe 2009

        Book Essential The rise of the Chicago School of Economics and the birth of neoliberalism.

  6. Week 3: Case study 1: Neoliberalism, the self-help industry and left melancholy 11 items
    1. Key reading 2 items
      1. The happiness industry: how the government and big business sold us well-being - William Davies 2015

        Book Essential

      2. Short Cuts - Paul Myerscough 3 January 2013

        Article  On enforced happiness in the service sector (low pay/permanent smile)

    2. On 'happiness' 5 items
      1. Stand Firm : Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze - Svend Brinkmann 2017

        Book Recommended

      2. Smile or die: how positive thinking fooled America and the world - Barbara Ehrenreich 2009

        Book Recommended

    3. On 'left melancholy' 4 items
      1. The communist horizon - Jodi Dean 2012

        Book Essential Chapter 5 on 'Desire'

  7. Week 4: Neoconservatism and authoritarian populism: does the state protect our freedom from the enemy within? 12 items
    1. Key reading (contemporary considerations of authoritarian populism and Stuart Hall's foundational statement) 3 items
      1. The great moving right show - S. Hall

        Chapter Essential

    2. Other reading 9 items
      1. The debate on Hall in the New Left Review 4 items
        1. The free economy and the strong state: the politics of Thatcherism - Andrew Gamble 1994

          Book Essential See esp. chapter 2 on the New Right and the Enemy Within

      2. Moral panics 5 items
        1. Policing the crisis: mugging, the state and law and order 2013

          Book Essential

        2. Hillsborough: the truth - Phil Scraton 2016

          Book Recommended

  8. Week 6: Neutral policing or the racist penal regulation and punishment of the poor? The prison-industrial complex and the centaur state 26 items
    1. Key reading 4 items
      Choose any two of the following
      1. Are prisons obsolete? - Angela Y. Davis c2003

        Book Essential Chapter 5

    2. Other readings 22 items
      1. Abolition now!: ten years of strategy and struggle against the prison industrial complex - CR10 Publications Collective, Critical Resistance (Organization) 2008

        Book Essential

      2. The meaning of freedom - Angela Y. Davis, Robin D. G. Kelley 2012

        Book Recommended

      3. The Meaning of Freedom - Davis, Angela Y. 2012

        Book Recommended

      4. Criminalisation and advanced marginality: critically exploring the work of Loïc Wacquant - John Lea, Peter Squires 2013

        Book Essential A good collection of critical papers

      5. Urban outcasts: a comparative sociology of advanced marginality - Loïc J. D. Wacquant 2008

        Book Essential

      6. Punishing the poor: the neoliberal government of social insecurity - Loïc J. D. Wacquant 2009

        Book Essential

  9. Week 7: Case study 2: 'Trojan horse, 'muscular liberalism and the 'prevent strategy' 20 items
    1. Key reading 3 items
    2. Other reading 12 items
      1. The politics of definitions and neoliberal interventionism - J. Cruickshank, I.C. Chis

        Chapter 

    3. Critiques of 'Prevent' by campaign groups 2 items
    4. Cameron's speeches and the Queen's speech 3 items
  10. Week 8: Case study 3: Brexit 14 items
    1. Key reading 2 items
      1. Bhambra, G.K. 2017. ‘Brexit, Trump, and ‘methodological whiteness’: on the misrecognition of race and class’, British Journal of Sociology 68 (S1): S214-S232. 0 items
      2. The EU Referendum - Benjamin D. Hennig, Danny Dorling 2016

        Article 

    2. Other reading 12 items
      1. Our island story - G. Bhambra

        Chapter 

      2. Antonucci, L., Horvath, L., Kutiyski, R. and Krouwel, A. 2017. ‘The malaise of the squeezed middle: Challenging the narrative of the ‘left behind’ Brexiter’, Competition and Change. 21 (3): 211-229. 0 items
      3. Democracy, experts and elites: the case of Brexit - J. Cruickshank, I.C. Chis

        Chapter 

      4. Brexit: what the hell happens now? - Ian Dunt 2016

        Book 

      5. Brexit: sociological responses 2017

        Book 

      6. The making of a cybertariat: virtual work in a real world - Ursula Huws c2003

        Book 

      7. Sayer, D. 2017. ‘White Riot – Brexit, Trump and Post-Factual Politics’ (Opinion), Journal of Historical Sociology 30: 92-106. 0 items
      8. Seidler, V. 2018. Making Sense of Brexit. Bristol: Policy Press. 0 items
  11. Week 9: Critical pedagogy: How can education help liberate people? 26 items
    1. Key reading 4 items
      1. On Critical Pedagogy - Giroux, Henry A. 2013

        Book Essential Chapter 8

      2. On critical pedagogy - Henry A. Giroux, Manuela Guilherme 2011

        Book Essential Chapter 8

      3. Teaching to transgress: education as the practice of freedom - Bell Hooks 1994 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential Chapter 4

      4. Teaching to transgress: education as the practice of freedom - Bell Hooks 1994

        Book Essential Chapter 4

    2. Other reading 22 items
      1. The critical pedagogy reader 2017

        Book Essential A key source of debates

      2. Freire and education - Antonia Darder 2015

        Book Recommended

      3. Freire and Education - Darder, Antonia 2014

        Book Recommended

      4. Pedagogy of the oppressed - Paulo Freire, Myra Bergman Ramos 1996

        Book Essential The foundational text for critical pedagogy

      5. Pedagogy of hope: reliving Pedagogy of the oppressed - Paulo Freire, Ana Maria Araújo Freire, Paulo Freire c1994

        Book Essential

      6. Pedagogy of hope: reliving Pedagogy of the oppressed - Paulo Freire, Ana Maria Araújo Freire, Robert R. Barr 2014

        Book Essential

      7. Theory and resistance in education: towards a pedagogy for the opposition - Henry A. Giroux 2001

        Book Essential

      8. Between borders: pedagogy and the politics of cultural studies - Henry A. Giroux, Peter McLaren 1994

        Book Background

      9. Deschooling our lives - Matt Hern 1996

        Book Background

      10. Deschooling society - Ivan Illich 1996

        Book Background

      11. Politics of liberation: paths from Freire - Colin Lankshear, Peter McLaren 1994

        Book Recommended

      12. Paulo Freire: a critical encounter - Peter Leonard, Peter McLaren 1993

        Book Essential

      13. Handbook of public pedagogy: education and learning beyond schooling - Jake Burdick, Jennifer A. Sandlin, Brian D. Schultz 2010

        Book Background

  12. Week 10: The neoliberal university and audit culture: do technologies of transparency generate trust and empower people? 45 items
    1. Blogs and campaign websites 7 items
      1. On government policy in general 2 items
      2. On the weaponising of audit culture and the managerialist bullying of staff 1 item
      3. On student finances 1 item
      4. On the purpose of universities (hosted by the publisher Verso) 3 items
    2. Key reading 6 items
      Choose 2 of the following
      1. Mass intellectuality and democratic leadership in higher education 2017

        Book Essential Birmingham Autonomous University (some University of Birmingham students), 'Six Theses In, Against and Beyond the University'.

      2. Mass intellectuality and democratic leadership in higher education 2017

        Book Essential Birmingham Autonomous University (some University of Birmingham students), 'Six Theses In, Against and Beyond the University'.

      3. Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process : Feminist Reflections 2009

        Book Essential R. Gill, 'Breaking the silence: the hidden injuries of neo-liberal academia'.

    3. Other reading 32 items
      1. The assault on universities: a manifesto for resistance - Michael Bailey, Des Freedman 2011

        Book Background

      2. Academic life and labour in the new university: hope and other choices - Ruth Barcan 2016

        Book Essential

      3. 'The Great Shame of Our Profession': how the humanities survive on exploitation - The Chronicle of Higher Education - K. Birmingham 2017

        Article  On how many academics on casual contracts are exploited on very low pay in insecure posts

      4. What are universities for? - Stefan Collini 2012

        Book Essential

      5. Acts of Knowing - Singh, Gurnam Cowden, Stephen 2014

        Book Recommended

      6. Acts of knowing: critical pedagogy in, against and beyond the university - Sarah Amsler, Joyce E. Canaan, Stephen Cowden, Sara C. Motta c2013

        Book Recommended

      7. For the university - Thomas Docherty 2011 ([electronic resource] :)

        Book Background

      8. The academic Caesar: University leadership is hard - Steve Fuller 2016

        Book  On the call for universities to be run by businesses

      9. The Fall of the Faculty - Ginsberg, Benjamin 2011

        Book Essential

      10. A manifesto for the public university - John Holmwood 2011

        Book Essential

      11. The great university gamble: money, markets and the future of higher education - Andrew Mcgettigan 2013

        Book Essential A criticism of the fee increase to £9000

      12. Great University Gamble : Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education - Andrew McGettigan 2013

        Book Essential A criticism of the fee increase to £9000

      13. “Excellence R Us”: university research and the fetishisation of excellence - Samuel Moore, Cameron Neylon, Martin Paul Eve, Daniel Paul O’Donnell 2017-1-19

        Article  An excellent critique of 'excellence' and the way audit culture leads to data being manipulated to get publications so academics can retain their jobs or get promoted.

      14. A question of trust - Onora O'Neill 2002

        Book Essential A good discussion on how transparency via audit data is in tension with trust and entails professionals such as teachers 'gaming the system'

      15. The university in ruins - Bill Readings 1996

        Book Essential A critique of audit culture and the ever growing number of managers / administrators demanding context-free / vacuous 'excellence' in teaching, research and car parking

      16. The university in ruins - Bill Readings 1997

        Book Essential A critique of audit culture and the ever growing number of managers / administrators demanding context-free / vacuous 'excellence' in teaching, research and car parking

      17. Wannabe u: inside the corporate university - Gaye Tuchman 2009

        Book Recommended

  13. Week 11: Public intellectuals: elitist or democracy enhancing? 17 items
    1. Key reading 2 items
      1. Democratic problem-solving: dialogues in social epistemology 2017

        Book Essential Chapter 13

      2. Democratic problem-solving: dialogues in social epistemology - Justin Cruickshank, Raphael Sassower 2017 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential Chapter 13

    2. Other reading 15 items
      1. Are we all scientific experts now? - H. M. Collins 2014 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

      2. Are we all scientific experts now? - H. M. Collins 2014

        Book Essential

      3. Public intellectuals: an endangered species? - Amitai Etzioni, Alyssa Bowditch c2006

        Book Recommended

      4. Where have all the intellectuals gone?: including 'a reply to my critics' - Frank Furedi 2006

        Book Background

      5. The intellectual - Steve Fuller 2005

        Book Essential

      6. The intellectual - Steve Fuller 2006

        Book Essential

      7. Intellectual - Steve Fuller 2001

        Book Essential

      8. Breaking bread: insurgent Black intellectual life - bell hooks, Cornel West 2017

        Book Recommended

      9. Breaking bread: insurgent Black intellectual life - bell hooks, Cornel West 2017 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      10. The last intellectuals: American culture in the age of academe - Russell Jacoby 2000

        Book Essential

      11. Public Intellectuals - Posner, Richard A. 2009

        Book Background

      12. The price of public intellectuals - Raphael Sassower, Palgrave Connect (Online service) 2014 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      13. The price of public intellectuals - Raphael Sassower 2014

        Book Recommended

  14. Term 2 122 items
    1. Week 1: Utopianism: Are conceptions of idealised future societies dangerous paths to dogmatism as liberals fear? 20 items
      1. Key reading 1 item
        1. Anarchism and the dialectic of utopia - J.P. Clark

          Chapter Essential

      2. Other reading 19 items
        1. Dialectic of enlightenment - Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer 2016

          Book Essential

        2. Eclipse of reason - Max Horkheimer 2013

          Book Essential

        3. Retrotopia - Zygmunt Bauman 2017

          Book 

        4. Searching for utopia: the history of an idea - Gregory Claeys 2011

          Book Background

        5. The utopia of rules: on technology, stupidity, and the secret joys of bureaucracy - David Graeber c2015

          Book Background

        6. Revolution in Rojava: democratic autonomy and women's liberation in Syrian Kurdistan - Michael Knapp, Anja Flach, Ercan Ayboga, Janet Biehl 2016

          Book Essential Does the revolution in Rojava have the potential to usher in a radically different - egalitarian - type of society?

        7. Revolution in Rojava: democratic autonomy and women's liberation in Syrian Kurdistan - Michael Knapp, Anja Flach, Ercan Ayboga, David Graeber 2016 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential Does the revolution in Rojava have the potential to usher in a radically different - egalitarian - type of society?

        8. Utopianism - Krishan Kumar 1991

          Book Essential

        9. Concept of Utopia - Levitas, Ruth 2011

          Book Essential

        10. The concept of Utopia - Ruth Levitas 2011

          Book Essential

        11. Utopia as method: the imaginary reconstitution of society - Ruth Levitas 2013

          Book Background

        12. Conjectures and refutations: the growth of scientific knowledge - Karl Raimund Popper 2002

          Book  Chapter on "Utopia and Violence"

        13. Utopianism: a very short introduction - Lyman Tower Sargent 2010

          Book Recommended

        14. Two cheers for anarchism: six easy pieces on autonomy, dignity, and meaningful work and play - James C. Scott 2012

          Book  A modified anarchism is argued for in relation to the dystopia of capitalist instumentalism

        15. Thomas More's Utopia: arguing for social justice - Lawrence Wilde 2017

          Book Essential

    2. Week 2: Big data and digital sociology 14 items
      1. Key reading 2 items
      2. Other reading 12 items
        1. Beer, D. and Burrows, R. 2013. ‘Popular Culture, Digital Archives and the New Social Life of Data’, Theory, Culture and Society 30: 47-71. 0 items
        2. Burrows, R. and Savage, M. 2014. ‘After the Crisis? Big Data and the Methodological Challenges of Empirical Sociology’ (commentary), Big Data and Society April 2014: 1-6. http://journals.sagepub.com/d 0 items
        3. The data revolution: big data, open data, data infrastructures & their consequences - Rob Kitchin 2014

          Book Essential

        4. Digital sociology - Deborah Lupton 2014

          Book Essential

        5. Digital Sociology - Lupton, Deborah 2014

          Book Essential

        6. Digital sociology: the reinvention of social research - Noortje Marres 2017

          Book Essential

        7. Big data: a revolution that will transform how we live, work and think - Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Kenneth Cukier 2013

          Book Essential

        8. Digital sociology: critical perspectives - Kate Orton-Johnson, Nick Prior 2013

          Book Background

        9. Digital methods - Richard Rogers 2013

          Book Recommended

        10. Digital Methods - Richard Rogers 2013

          Book Recommended

    3. Week 3: Open data, open government, and the problem of 'solutionism': can government 'transparency' enhance democracy? 26 items
      1. Key reading 3 items
      2. Other reading 23 items
        1. Introduction to ‘Secrecy and Transparency’ - Clare Birchall 12/2011

          Article  See also other articles in this issue of Theory, Culture and Society

        2. Digital Era Governance - Bastow, Simon Margetts, Helen Dunleavy, Patrick 2006

          Book Background

        3. Digital Era Governance - Dunleavy, Patrick

          Book Background

        4. Digital Era Governance: - Patrick Dunleavy, Helen Margetts, Simon Bastow, Jane Tinkler 02/11/2006

          Book Background

        5. Digital era governance: IT corporations, the state, and e-government - Patrick Dunleavy 2006

          Book Background

        6. Transparency: the key to better governance? - David Heald, Christopher Hood 2006

          Book Recommended

        7. Big data  + politics = open data: The case of health care data in England - Justin Keen, Radu Calinescu, Richard Paige, John Rooksby 06/2013

          Article 

        8. Open government - Daniel Lathrop, Laurel Ruma c2010

          Book Recommended

        9. Governance and information technology: from electronic government to information government - Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, David Lazer c2007

          Book Recommended

        10. Governance and Information Technology - Lazer, David Mayer-Schönberger, Viktor 2014

          Book Recommended

        11. Transparency and the open society: practical lessons for effective policy - Roger Taylor, Tim Kelsey 2016

          Book Recommended

        12. Participatory Knowledge Production 2.0: Critical Views and Experiences - Sally Wyatt, Jess Bier, Anna Harris, Bas van Heur 03/2013

          Article 

        13. Digital methods - Richard Rogers 2013

          Book 

    4. Week 4: Accelerationism: liberated or controlled by speed? 17 items
      1. Key reading 1 item
        1. Liberal democracy and the social acceleration of time - William E. Scheuerman 2004

          Book Essential

      2. Other reading 16 items
        1. Speeding up fast capitalism: cultures, jobs, families, schools, bodies - Ben Agger c2004

          Book Essential

        2. The slow professor: challenging the culture of speed in the academy - Maggie Berg, Barbara Karolina Seeber 2016

          Book Recommended

        3. Social acceleration: a new theory of modernity - Hartmut Rosa, Jonathan Trejo-Mathys 2015

          Book Essential

        4. Social acceleration - Hartmut Rosa 2013

          Book Essential

        5. The culture of speed: the coming of immediacy - John Tomlinson 2007

          Book Essential

        6. The Culture of Speed - John Tomlinson October 15, 2007 (Paperback)

          Book Essential

        7. Speed and politics - Paul Virilio c2006

          Book Recommended

    5. Week 5: Can technology lead to a 'gig' economy or a 'post-capitalist' society that increases freedom? 11 items
      1. Key reading 5 items
        1. Democratic problem-solving: dialogues in social epistemology 2017

          Book Essential Chapter 18

        2. Democratic problem-solving: dialogues in social epistemology - Justin Cruickshank, Raphael Sassower 2017 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential Chapter 18

      2. Other reading 6 items
        1. Capitalist realism: is there no alternative? - Mark Fisher 2009

          Book Recommended

        2. Capitalist realism: is there no alternative? - Mark Fisher, Stuart Davies 2009

          Book Recommended

        3. PostCapitalism: a guide to our future - Paul Mason 2015

          Book Essential

        4. Inventing the future: postcapitalism and a world without work - Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams 2016

          Book Essential

        5. Standing, G. 2012. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. London: Bloomsbury. 0 items
    6. Week 7: The quantified self: counting the way to freedom? 19 items
      1. Key reading 4 items
      2. Other reading 15 items
        1. The happiness industry: how the government and big business sold us well-being - William Davies 2015

          Book Essential

        2. The quantified self: a sociology of self-tracking - Deborah Lupton 2016

          Book Essential

        3. Quantified: biosensing technologies in everyday life 2016

          Book Recommended

        4. Self-tracking - Gina Neff, Dawn Nafus 2016

          Book Background

    7. Week 8: Capitalism and technology: communicative capitalism, platform capitalism, metric power and the cybertariat 15 items
      1. Key reading 2 items
        1. The pathology of communicative capitalism - David W. Hill 2015

          Book Essential

      2. Other reading 13 items
        1. Metric power - David Beer 2016

          Book Essential

        2. Metric power - David Beer 2016

          Book Essential

        3. Blog theory: feedback and capture in the circuits of drive - Jodi Dean 2010

          Book Recommended

        4. Blog Theory - Dean, Jodi 2013

          Book Recommended

        5. The communist horizon - Jodi Dean 2012

          Book Essential

        6. Cyber-proletariat: global labour in the digital vortex - Nick Dyer-Witheford 2015

          Book Recommended

        7. The making of a cybertariat: virtual work in a real world - Ursula Huws 2003

          Book Recommended

        8. Labor in the global digital economy: the cybertariat comes of age - Ursula Huws 2014

          Book Essential

        9. Platform capitalism - Nick Srnicek 2017

          Book Essential

        10. Platform capitalism - Nick Srnicek 2017

          Book Essential

        11. Platform revolution: how networked markets are transforming the economy - and how to make them work for you - Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne, Sangeet Paul Choudary 2016

          Book Background A guide to using platform capitalist technology

    8. Week 9: Summing up and assignment preparation 0 items
    9. Weeks 10 and 11: No class. Tutor available in office hours to discuss assignment 0 items