The Macat Library

Taylor & Francis are the exclusive distributor for the Macat Library, effective from 1st July 2017.

The Macat Library is a new series of short analyses of great academic works, offering concise, up-to-the-minute explorations of seminal books and papers that have had a significant and widely recognised impact on their disciplines and on the world.

Each analysis takes an in-depth look at one enduringly influential book or paper – unlocking its ideas, assessing its influences, its ideas and impact, and explaining the underlying critical thinking skills which make it so important.

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New in January 2018

  • Culture's Consequences

    Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutes and Organizations across Nations

    By Katherine Erdman

    The Dutch anthropologist Geert Hofstede is recognized as a pioneer in the fields of international management and social psychology – and his work is a perfect example of the ways in which interpretative skills can help solve problems and provide the foundation for strong thinking and understanding…

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  • Situated Learning

    By Charmi Patel

    Social anthropologist Jean Lave and computer scientist Etienne Wenger’s seminal Situated Learning helped change the fields of cognitive science and pedagogy by approaching learning from a novel angle. Traditionally, theories of learning and education had focused on processes of cognition – the…

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  • Burton Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street

    By Nicholas Burton

    Burton Malkiel’s 1973 A Random Walk Down Wall Street was an explosive contribution to debates about how to reap a good return on investing in stocks and shares. Reissued and updated many times since, Malkiel’s text remains an indispensable contribution to the world of investment strategy – one that…

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  • Centuries of Childhood

    By Eva-Marie Prag, Joseph Tendler

    In Centuries of Childhood, the French historian Philippe Aries offers a fundamentally fresh interpretation of what childhood is and what the institution means for society at large. Aries's core idea is that ‘childhood,’ as we understand it today – a special time that requires special efforts and…

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  • The Old Social Classes And The Revolutionary Movements Of Iraq

    By Dale J. Stahl

    How do you solve a problem like understanding Iraq? For Hanna Batatu, the solution to this conundrum lay in generating alternative possibilities that effectively side-stepped the conventional wisdom of the time. Historians had long held that Iraq – like other artificial creations of ex-colonial…

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  • Baruch Spinoza's Ethics

    By Gary Slater, Andreas Vrahimis

    Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics is a dense masterpiece of sustained argumentative reasoning. It earned its place as one of the most important and influential books in Western philosophy by virtue of its uncompromisingly direct arguments about the nature of God, the universe, free will, and human morals.…

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  • Susan Sontag's On Photography

    By Nico Epstein

    Susan Sontag’s 1997 text, On Photography, brought photographic theory into the university classroom with its staunch defence of the medium as art and inspired a new wave of Marxist Criticism in the field.  Sontag explains the way in which we are addicted to images and depend on them for…

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  • Pierre Bourdieu's Outline of a Theory of Practice

    By Rodolfo Maggio

    In Outline of a Theory of Practice, Bourdieu questions the preeminent ideas of social anthropologists such as Levi-Strauss who stressed the structural principles governing human action rather than the actions themselves and, Bourdieu asserts, doesn’t account for all observable nuances of behaviour.…

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  • Yasser Tabbaa's The Transformation of Islamic Art During the Sunni Revival

    By Bilal Badat

    Tabbaa’s Transformation offers an innovative approach to understanding the profound changes undergone by Islamic art and architecture during the often neglected Medieval Islamic period.  Examining devices such as calligraphy, arabesque, muqarnas, and stonework, Tabbaa argues we propagated in a…

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  • John Berger's Ways of Seeing

    By Emmanouil Kalkanis

    Ways of Seeing is a key art-historical work that continues to provoke widespread debate. It is comprised of seven different essays, three of which are pictorial and the other containing texts and images.  Berger first examines the relationship between seeing and knowing, discussing how our…

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  • Griselda Pollock's Vision and Difference

    Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art

    By Karina Jakubowicz

    Vision and Difference, published in 1988, is one of the most significant works in feminist visual culture arguing that feminist art history of is a political as well as academic endeavour.  Pollock expresses how images are key to the construction of sexual difference, both in visual culture…

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  • James March's Exploration and Exploitation in Organisational Learning

    By Padraig Belton

    Exploration and Exploitation is a key text for scholars and business practitioners interested in promoting economic well-being and sustainable growth. March’s work promotes the preservation of companies’ competitiveness and sustainability in the fluctuating market environment by maintaining a…

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  • Chris Argyris's Integrating The Individual and the Organization

    By Stoyan Stoyanov

    Argyris’s Integrating The Individual and the Organization is part of a series of essays and books considering how organisations should be run. This essay explores the lack of congruence between the needs and expectations of individual employees and the organisations that employ them. Grounding his…

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  • Ikujiro Nonaka's A Dynamic Theory of Organisational Knowledge Creation

    By Stoyan Stoyanov

    Ikujiro Nonaka’s A Dynamic Theory of Organisational Knowledge Creation outlines the creation of organisational knowledge through the constant conversion of the two types of knowledge, tacit and explicit, which Nonaka believes has the potential to guide managers’ knowledge creation strategies. This…

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  • Ludwig von Mises's The Theory of Money and Credit

    By Padraig Belton

    Ludwig Von Mises’s 1912 contribution to the theory of monetary policy and the current prevailing consensus in modern economic liberalism, The Theory of Money and Credit, was a milestone achievement. The author’s familiarity with the historical literature on banking and credit allows him to present…

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  • Walter Benjamin's The Work Of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

    By Rachele Dini

    The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction combats traditional art criticism’s treatment of artworks as fixed, unchanging mystical objects. For Walter Benjamin, the consequences of addressing a work of art in this manner have a wider resonance: closed off from any active visual or…

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  • Mary Douglas's Purity and Danger

    An analysis of the concepts of pollution and taboo

    By Padraig Belton

    Mary Douglas is an outstanding example of an evaluative thinker at work. In Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, she delves in great detail into existing arguments that portray traditional societies as “evolving” from “savage” beliefs in magic, to religion, to modern…

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  • Amartya Sen's Inequality Re-Examined

    By Elise Klein

    Amartya Sen’s Inequality Re-examined is a seminal text setting out a theory to evaluate social arrangements and inequality. By asking the question, ‘equality of what’?, Sen shows that (in)equality should be assessed as human freedom; for people to have the ability to pursue and achieve goals they…

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  • Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow

    By Jacqueline Allan

    Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman offers a general audience access to over six decades of insight and expertise from a Nobel Laureate in an accessible and interesting way. Kahneman’s work focuses largely on the problem of how we think, and warns of the dangers of trusting to intuition –…

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  • The Problem of Unbelief in the 16th Century

    By Joseph Tendler

    Febvre asked this core question in The Problem of Unbelief: “Could sixteenth-century people hold religious views that were not those of official, Church-sanctioned Christianity, or could they simply not believe at all?” The answer informed a wider debate on modern history, particularly modern…

    Paperback – 2018-01-31
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Introduction to Macat

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Reviews

"Macat is taking on some of the major challenges in university education… They have drawn together a strong team of active academics who are producing teaching materials that are novel in the breadth of their approach."
Professor Lord Broars, Formers Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. 

"The Macat vision is exceptionally exciting. It focuses upon new modes of learning which analyse and explain seminal texts which have profoundly influenced world thinking and so social and economic development. It promotes the kind of critical thinking which is essential for any society and economy. This is the learning of the future."
Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Former UK Secretary of State for Education. 

"The Macat analysis provide immediate access to the critical conversation surrounding the books that have shaped their respective discipline, which will make them an invaluable resource to al of those, students and teachers, working in the field."
Professor William Tronzo, University of California at San Diego.