Book of the Week: “The Kurds of Northern Syria: Governance, Diversity and Conflicts”

By Harriet Allsopp and Wladimir van Wilgenburg (I.B.Tauris, 2019), ISBN 9781838604455

“Based on unprecedented access to Kurdish-governed areas of Syria, including exclusive interviews with administration officials and civilian surveys, this book sheds light on the socio-political landscape of this minority group and the various political factions vying to speak for them.
The first English-language book to capture the momentous transformations that have occurred since 2011, the authors move beyond idealized images of Rojava and the Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) to provide a nuanced assessment of the Kurdish autonomous experience and the prospects for self-rule in Syria. The book draws on unparalleled field research, as well as analysis of the literature on the evolution of Kurdish politics and the Syrian war. You will understand why the PYD-led project in Syria split the Kurdish political movement and how other representative structures amongst Syria’s Kurds fared. Emerging clearly are the complex range of views about pre-existing, current and future governance structures.”

Available under call number 323.1(569.1), HEIA 125534 

Book of the week: “Poor economics: a radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty”, by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee

The new recipients of the Nobel Prize in Economics upend the most common assumptions about how economics works in this gripping and disruptive portrait of how poor people actually live.

“Why do the poor borrow to save? Why do they miss out on free life-saving immunizations, but pay for unnecessary drugs? In Poor Economics, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo answer these questions based on years of field research from around the world. This book offers a radical rethinking of the economics of poverty and an intimate view of life on 99 cents a day. Poor Economics shows that creating a world without poverty begins with understanding the daily decisions facing the poor.”

Publisher: Noida: Random House India, 2011
Call Number: 337.2 HEIA 84548

Publisher: New York: PublicAffairs, 2011
Call Number: 337.2 HEIA 75424

French translation: Repenser la pauvreté
Editions du Seuil, 2012
Call Number: 337.2 HEIA 84811


Original illustration (cropped): Esther Duflo, Pop!Tech 2009, Camden, ME, by Kris Krüg, CC-By-SA 2.0