Liana Giorgi

Liana Giorgi, Ph.D., is a freelance social science research and policy consultant. Previously, she was Vice-Director at The Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences, with diverse expertise in sociology, political science, public policy, and ethics of research.

During the last 15 years she has worked on numerous multi-national projects, many of which were funded by the European Union’s Research Framework Programs. Ms. Giorgi, who originally comes from Cyprus, studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge and currently lives in Vienna, Austria.

She is the author of numerous books, articles, and professional research reports. Her most recent book, co-authored, is Festivals and the Cultural Public Sphere. Her full list of publications is available at http://www.cosis.net/profile/liana.giorgi, and her blog can be read at http://lianagiorgi.wordpress.com/

Book Reviews by Liana Giorgi

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Books like Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s Plato at the Googleplex are of the rare type that contribute to the popularization of knowledge and create appetite for m

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If you
• are interested in the unconscious,
• like interpreting your dreams,
• enjoy literature but the movies even moreso—Hitchcock in particular,

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Educational reform is high on the agenda of the Obama administration for good reasons.

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“David Nasaw has succeeded in bringing Joseph P. Kennedy in The Patriarch to life in chilling, in-depth color.”

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“It is noble and inspiring that so many families turn out strong and resilient in the face of adversity, but it is sad that they are so often left to fight their fights on their own . .

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“Safe as Houses, [is] a collection of short stories making reading a truly healing and memorable experience.”

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“. . . reasoned and prudent approach . . . take her warnings regarding the inherent dangers of voter suppression politics seriously.”

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“. . . a good case study of what happens . . . when politics and science use each other and the media to advance their own agendas rather than public policy.”

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“. . . falling short on its promise . . . reiterates the familiar arguments . . .”

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“. . . a wonderful book that deserves to be read widely . . .”

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“In God’s Shadow is an interesting scholarly book on a challenging topic.”

“How much room for politics can there be when God is the ultimate ruler?”

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“The Woman Reader represents good science and makes for enjoyable reading.”

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The question, What is literature?—the subject matter of literary theory—is not frequently posed by either writers or readers.

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“. . . a very good textbook for students of political science and political sociology.”

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“A reasoned and systematic historical analysis of contemporary Islamic societies is a book still waiting to be written.”

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“Those who know little about these subjects but who have always been wondering what the whole fuss is about (regarding the burqa, the veil, or Park51) will find good explanations in this bo

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“Psychology’s Ghosts can be enjoyed by both experts and lay readers.

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“Ms. Robinson is correct to point out that liberalism and religion are not incompatible and that there are enough historical examples and living persons bearing witness to the fact.

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“The Unquiet American opens with an excerpt from ‘Character of a Happy Warrior’ by William Wordsworth.

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“Could it be that what feeds both ‘dependence corruption’ and excess lobbying is simply overworked Representatives? . . .

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“Take our inner demons and our gooeyness for loss-aversion, add to it an ideology like nationalism (which manifest like an epidemic), and give it military high-tech and you have a dangerous

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“Marx’s take on analytical concepts such as “use” and “exchange” values is still valid and potentially very useful for understanding how the lack of regulatory intervention has allowed our

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“The Deepening Crisis is an ambitious book but it falls short on delivery. . . .

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Two sides of an equation: the personal and the social; the musical and the social; the visual and the social; the body and the social.