Book Reviews — Sociology

Book Review: Facebook Society: Losing Ourselves in Sharing Ourselves by Roberto Simanowski

Losing Ourselves in Sharing Ourselves by Roberto Simanowski. Reviewed by Amy Ione.

This volume isn’t a book about Facebook. Rather it examines Facebook’s claim that it is building a “global community,”  The cultural studies perspective both celebrates networked society and offers a critique of problematic elements derived from digital communities, with a particular focus on our concept of the self.

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Book Review: A Different Kind of Animal: How Culture Transformed Our Species

A Different Kind of Animal: How Culture Transformed Our Species by Robert Boyd Reviewed by Amy Ione.

Boyd introduces his theory that biology and culture are both evolutionary, a topic he’s been working on with Peter Richerson for three decades. Four Responses to the lectures also included in the volume. All four commentators endorse the contours of Boyd’s theory and their critiques also raise valid questions. The commentators are H. Allen Orr, an evolutionary biologist; Ruth Mace, an evolutionary anthropologist; Kim Sterelny, a philosopher of science; and Paul Seabright, an economist.

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