Guidelines for Book Reviewers

Practicalities

Reviews are normally around 800-1,000 words in length although longer reviews can be arranged if the book is especially important.

Deadlines will be suggested by the Book Review Editor but a mutually agreed deadline is much better than an imposed one that proves to be impossible.

Reviews need to be emailed to the Book Review Editor, Keith Tester, at: keith.tester@me.com

Style

At the head of the review you need to give details of the book in the following style:

Christopher John Müller, Prometheanism: Technology, Digital Culture and Human Obsolescence, London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016, viii + 177 pages.

Remember that book reviews can be read by people who are not experts in the field, so think of structuring the review as follows:

  1. Situate the book. To what debate is it a contribution or what new debate does it open up?  Why is this debate important?;
  2. Outline how the book contributes to the debate. What has it got to say? Keep quotations to a minimum. Put quotations in single quotation marks and give the page number in brackets after the quotation i.e. (p. 5);
  3. Assess the value of the contribution the book makes. What does the book add to the debate? Explain your assessment. What questions remain to be asked and explored? Be Honest!

At the end of the review add your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Advice

If you are new to book reviewing and want tips, some excellent advice is given by Sociological Research Online at:

http://www.socresonline.org.uk/bookreviews.html

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