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How to Take Smart Notes
One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers
Sönke Ahrens - Feb 24, 2017
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The key to good and efficient writing lies in the intelligent organisation of ideas and notes. This book helps students, academics and nonfiction writers to get more done, write intelligent texts and learn for the long run. It teaches you how to take smart notes and ensure they bring you and your projects forward. The Take Smart Notes principle is ...
Raul Pacheco-Vega
Aug 10, 2020
@rafaelotrevino @martdelrio @soenke_ahrens I love that book, with the proviso that the printed layout is so crammed that it makes it SUPER HARD to read.     source
Down, Out, and Under Arrest
Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row
Forrest Stuart - Apr 06, 2018 (first published in 2016)
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In his first year working in Los Angeles’s Skid Row, Forrest Stuart was stopped on the street by police fourteen times. Usually for doing little more than standing there. Juliette, a woman he met during that time, has been stopped by police well over one hundred times, arrested upward of sixty times, and has given up more than a year of her life se...
Raul Pacheco-Vega
Jul 27, 2020
Re-reading @ForrestDStuart ‘s first book while awaiting for his second to arrive (I bought it weeks ago!) What I noticed is that, because I’ve seen interviews with Forrest, I now read his words in his voice. Plus, he’s an excellent writer.     source
Care for Sale
An Ethnography of Latin American Domestic and Sex Workers in London (Issues of Globalization
Ana P. Gutiérrez Garza - Nov 01, 2018
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In homes and brothels around the world, migrant women are selling a unique commodity: care. Care for Sale is an in-depth ethnography of a group of middle-class women from Latin America who exchange care and intimacy for money while working as domestic and sex workers in London. Illuminating the complexities of care work, the book offers a detailed ...
Raul Pacheco-Vega
Jun 25, 2020
I recently read Dr. Ana Gutiérrez Garza´s @OUPAcademic 's book "Care for Sale An Ethnography of Latin American Domestic and Sex Workers in London" I'm praising it not because Dr. Gutiérrez Garza is Mexican (she is), but because it is SPECTACULARLY GOOD.     source
Who Killed Berta Caceres?
Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender's Battle for the Planet
Nina Lakhani - Jun 02, 2020
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A deeply affecting–and infuriating–portrait of the life and death of a courageous indigenous leader The first time Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres met the journalist Nina Lakhani, Cáceres said, ‘The army has an assassination list with my name at the top. I want to live, but in this country there is total imp...
Raul Pacheco-Vega
Jun 24, 2020
@ninalakhani @Salon It is a great, and important book!     source
Very Important People
Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit
Ashley Mears - May 26, 2020
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A sociologist and former fashion model takes readers inside the elite global party circuit of "models and bottles" to reveal how beautiful young women are used to boost the status of menMillion-dollar birthday parties, megayachts on the French Riviera, and $40,000 bottles of champagne. In today's New Gilded Age, the world's moneyed classes have tak...
Raul Pacheco-Vega
Jun 23, 2020
Both Ashley Mears’ books are ethnographies of elites (Pricing Beauty about the modeling industry and Very Important People about the global Patty circuit) One element that I think characterizes how ethnography can be methodologically sophisticated is access to informants.     source
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Pricing Beauty
The Making of a Fashion Model
Ashley Mears - Sep 14, 2011
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Sociologist Ashley Mears takes us behind the brightly lit runways and glossy advertisements of the fashion industry in this insider’s study of the world of modeling. Mears, who worked as a model in New York and London, draws on observations as well as extensive interviews with male and female models, agents, clients, photographers, stylists, and ot...
Raul Pacheco-Vega
Jun 23, 2020
Both Ashley Mears’ books are ethnographies of elites (Pricing Beauty about the modeling industry and Very Important People about the global Patty circuit) One element that I think characterizes how ethnography can be methodologically sophisticated is access to informants.     source
Writing in Social Spaces
A social processes approach to academic writing (Research into Higher Education)
Rowena Murray - Aug 19, 2014
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Writing in Social Spaces addresses the problem of making time and space for writing in academic life and work. Even those who want to write, who know how to write well and who have quality publications, report that they cannot find enough time for writing. Many supervisors are unsure about how to help postgraduates improve their writing for thesis ...
Raul Pacheco-Vega
Feb 21, 2020
I bought Rowena Murray’s Writing in Social Spaces. Best purchase I have done in the field of academic writing in a long time. Let me highlight a few features. The TL:DR; comes at the end of her book (nicely summarized in 10 lessons on writing as a social process)     source
They Say / I Say
The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Fourth Edition)
Gerald Graff - Jun 10, 2018 (first published in 2005)
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The book that has taught millions of students to present their arguments as a response to what "they say" has been expanded to define as broadly as possible who's included in "they." Readings demonstrate the moves that matter in academic writing and represent a multitude of perspectives. The Fourth Edition includes an anthology of 40 readings--half...
Raul Pacheco-Vega
Jan 20, 2020
They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing (my reading notes) Best book ever to write analytical and argumentative writing.     source
Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences
A Design-Based Approach (Strategies for Social Inquiry)
Thad Dunning - Sep 06, 2012
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This unique book is the first comprehensive guide to the discovery, analysis, and evaluation of natural experiments - an increasingly popular methodology in the social sciences. Thad Dunning provides an introduction to key issues in causal inference, including model specification, and emphasizes the importance of strong research design over complex...
Raul Pacheco-Vega
Jan 19, 2020
I haven't heard the responses, but I strongly believe the best book on natural experiments is by @thaddunning (sorry, economists, I DO love you but you don't have the monopoloy on experiments, don't @ me) Dunning's book: Also read Sekhon and Titiunik     source
A Future History of Water
Andrea Ballestero - Jun 21, 2019
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Based on fieldwork among state officials, NGOs, politicians, and activists in Costa Rica and Brazil, A Future History of Water traces the non-spectacular work necessary to make water access a human right, and a human right something different from a commodity. Andrea Ballestero shows how these ephemeral distinctions are made through four techno-leg...
Raul Pacheco-Vega
Jan 06, 2020
A Future History of Water: Andrea Ballestero: if you are teaching any courses on water and society this would be a great book to consider (by @aballes2)     source
How to Read a Book
The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
Mortimer J. Adler - Aug 15, 1972 (first published in 1940)
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How to Read a Book, originally published in 1940, has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic. It is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. And now it has been completely rewritten and updated. You are told about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them – from elementary reading, through...
Raul Pacheco-Vega
Aug 30, 2019
Now, so far I have not criticized the book, and there’s a reason for this: It’s FANTASTIC. Adler and Van Doren’s writing is fluid, agile, non-jargon-laden (aka very clear). The book gives students a repertoire of reading strategies (what they call “levels”). WELL DONE!     source
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