Book Review

The book review could focus on the validity of the authors' choice of method, given the argument, rationale, and research questions. The review could critique how an author characterized or operationalized a method.

In the first week of class we will decide who will read which books, and which journals the reviews will be submitted to. In the second week of class, students will write to editors to ask if the journal would consider publishing an unsolicited review. The first draft of the book reviews are due January 31st.

The first five hundred words should briefly summarize the importance of the topic and rationale for the method of inquiry used, and identify any research questions or hypothesis that appeared. The last five hundred words should be the student's own succinct critique of the readings. At least for the first draft, develop three distinct points of friendly critique and three compliments of the manuscript. Use no more than three references to other works, though you do not have to use any references. Be sure to use the reference style for the journal you are submitting to. I watch for grammar, spelling, and gender-neutral language. If your writing style impedes my ability to understand your arguments your grade will suffer, so it is a good idea to have at least one other person proofread your writing.

If a journal editor agrees to review your essay, find other copies of reviews published in that journal to get sense of the style and form of the journal's review section.

You may review any one of these books.

Edwin Baker, Media Concentration and Democracy (New York, NY:  Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Sarah Banet-Weiser, Kids Rule!: Nickelodeon and Consumer Culture (Durham, NC:  Duke University Press, 2007).

Kory Floyd, Communicating Affection: Interpersonal Behavior and Social Context (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Alexander R. Galloway, Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2006).

Tarleton Gillespie, Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture (Boston, MA: MIT University Press, 2007).

Robert Hariman and John Lucaites, No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy (Chicago, IL:  University of Chicago Press, 2007).

Diana C. Mutz, Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative versus Participatory Democracy (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Phaedra Pezzulo, Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel, and Environmental Justice (Tuscaloosa, AL: U of Alabama Press, 2007).

Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (Chicago, IL: Chicago University Press, 2006).

Katherine Cramer Walsh, Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2007).