Reviews by subject area

The high price of inequality: lessons on the costs and consequences of child poverty in advanced societies

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The high price of inequality: lessons on the costs and consequences of child poverty in advanced societies

February 2020

Social Inclusion
Alejandro Arias Lera, an analyst at the Spanish Government’s High Commissioner’s Ouice for the fight against child poverty

The books reviewed here consider why it is important for everyone, and not just for the most vulnerable, to achieve more egalitarian societies.

Housing: from fundamental principles to policies

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Housing: from fundamental principles to policies

June 2019

Social Inclusion
Monstserrat Pareja-Eastaway, director of the Master’s Degree in Cultural Management at the University of Barcelona

What is the role of the public sector in access to housing? Can public policies act as a counterweight to the market? These two books examine the question from the European and United States viewpoint.

The arts and the advancement of the economy and society

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The arts and the advancement of the economy and society

February 2019

Culture
David Throsby, Professor of Economics, Macquarie University, Australia

What relationship exists between art and economics? We present two books that study the importance of creativity and innovation in the arts, as well as how art contributes to economic development.  

Inequality: The Costs to Families

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Inequality: The Costs to Families

December 2018

Social Inclusion
Frances Goldscheider, University Professor of Sociology, emerita, Brown University

How do economic problems affect family stability? The books reviewed tackle changes in gender roles at work and the instability generated by socioeconomic inequality.

Perspectives on cultural participation in Europe

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Perspectives on cultural participation in Europe

January 2018

Culture
Antonio Ariño Villarroya, University of Valencia

This book, reviewed for the Social Observatory of "la Caixa", aims to measure participation in cultural activities on a European level, as well as promote them to contribute to social inclusion and active citizenship.

Between complacency and a self-defeating dream

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Between complacency and a self-defeating dream

November 2017

Culture
Ruth Towse, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

The two books reviewed share concerns regarding the decline of the USA and show the problems facing the country. From different perspectives, both reach the same diagnosis regarding American society and the danger that threatens democracy.

The State and the Innovation Effort

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The State and the Innovation Effort

September 2017

Science
Melanie Smallman, University College, London

From an economic viewpoint, innovation is considered to be an engine of growth because of its capacity to generate wealth and employment, a focus that has gained prominence since the start of the financial crisis in 2008. This review by the “la Caixa” Social Observatory comments on two books that analyse this issue from very different perspectives. 

The psychosociology of climate change

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The psychosociology of climate change

May 2017

Science
Christian Oltra, Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology Research (CIEMAT) and Universitat de Barcelona.

Climate change is a very complex problem, and its possible solutions may not be a matter of true or false, but of better or worse. We review two books that talk about how this debate is ceasing to be a technical and rational question to become a question of values and lifestyles.

Science and the future

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Science and the future

May 2017

Science
Tessa Dunlop, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)

How can we tackle living with uncertainty? We analyse two books that provide a critical view and a philosophical focus to try to help manage our expectations regarding the future and the tools that science offers us to try to predict it.

Arriving in Rural Village Communities, Staying There or Leaving

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Arriving in Rural Village Communities, Staying There or Leaving

December 2016

Social Inclusion
Montserrat Soronellas Masdeu, Rovira i Virgili University

How should migration within the European context be studied? These two books, from the standpoints of gender and rurality, tackle a phenomenon previously studied above all in urban contexts with male protagonists. With these new perspectives, the scientific view offers extra depth to an issue of recent social importance.

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