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July 17, 2019

Michael Davidson in Chapter 4, "Technology Integration in China’s Electricity System: Central Targets and Local Challenges"

Technological progress of advanced electricity generation technologies over the same time period has primarily occurred in centrally state- owned...

September 27, 2017

Pursuing "digital capitalism" was China's response to the great financial crisis of 2008, writes Yu Hong in her new book Networking China: the digital transformation of the Chinese economy.  As global demand fell for China's exports, the government stimulated domestic...

January 24, 2017

Ethnic stereotypes can be rooted in empirical reality, but that reality can be war, peace, and immigration policy. The stereotype of Asian Americans as high academic achievers is directly traceable to US immigration policy, say Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou in "The Asian A...

January 21, 2017

While research on Politics  + [Movies / Literature / Music] is common, where is the work on Politics + [Sports] James Dorsey’s “The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer” begins filling this huge gap.  He argues soccer stadiums train sports fans to become activists,...

January 10, 2017

Flâneuse-ing is the feminine art of traveling to see, not to be seen; to tell, and not be hold, as we learn from Lauren Elkin’s Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, Tokyo, Venice and London. Each chapter centers on a different woman’s voice.  Paris is where Elkin gr...

January 2, 2017

Ebook sales don’t affect the hardcover sales of most books and, further, delaying ebook release reduces ebook sales as much as 40%, Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang show us in their new book Streaming, Sharing, and Stealing.  Ebooks aren’t substitutes for physical boo...

September 29, 2016

Philipp Lepenies reminds us statistics are no stranger to skullduggery.  In his book on the political history of GDP, during World War II the Allied Forces economics team kidnapped a star economist and dispatched agents to steal documents, all just to get a clear pictu...

September 26, 2016

Dr. Walid Al-Saqf, creator of the Alkasir, a tool to circumvent Internet censorship, discusses his research on how Syrians are using the tool to get information.  The tool is used most often when there are major military events in the war.  The most popular censor...

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