Book reviews are an important aspect of academic practice and is an excellent way to develop your critical analytical skills. A good review is more than just a summary of book. Rather, it should include your view on what the purpose of the book is and who it is intended for, and it should address the context (time and place) in which the book has been written, an evaluation of the author’s arguments for strengths and weaknesses, and your identification of any bias in their perspective on the topic. Your book review should have a structure, which could be a variation on the following: i) introduction; ii) what the book is about, iii) contextualising it in relation to the authors biography, iv) contextualising the book in relation to the wider body of work/debates surrounding globalisation; v) discussion of the books strength(s); vi) discussion of the books weakness(es); vii) conclusion. Make sure that your discussion of strengths and weakness is less about what you like or dont like, and more how you feel it advances debates, contributes to knowledge or, conversely something that the author omitted or neglected to address in sufficient detail. You might find it useful to look at the book review section of a journal such as Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Cultural Geographies, Antipode, Migration Studies.
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