The current post is concerned with Game Misconduct (2018); CEO Society (2018); and Cocoa (2018).
I enjoy these books because they explore basic themes that interest many people.
The first book on my list, Game Misconduct: Injury, Fandom, and the Business of Sport (2018), explores sacrifices made by professional athletes in support of fandom.
An excerpt from a blurb for Game Misconduct (2018) reads:
Unlike many critical takes on professional sports, Kalman-Lamb illustrates how the harm suffered by the athlete is a necessary part of what makes professional sport a desirable commodity for the consuming fan. In an economic system – capitalism – that deprives people of meaning because of its inherent drive to turn everyone into individuals and everything into commodities, sports fandom produces a feeling of community. But there is a cost to producing this meaning and community, and it is paid through the sacrifice of the athlete’s body.
CEO Society: The Corporate Takeover of Everyday Life (2018)
The second book on my list is CEO Society: The Corporate Takeover of Everyday Life (2018)
From time to time, I come across memes, metaphors, and stories that are highlighted in the CEO Society (2018), an excerpt from which reads:
But why, in the wake of the failings exposed by the 2008 financial crisis, does the corporate ideal continue to exert such a grip on popular attitudes? In this insightful new book, Peter Bloom and Carl Rhodes examine the rise of the CEO society, and how it has started to transform governments, culture, and the economy.
The third book (and my favourite) on the list is Cocoa (2018)
Cocoa and chocolate are topics that I’ve been reading about for many years.
An excerpt from Cocoa (2018) reads:
Tracing the cocoa value chain from farms in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, through to chocolate factories in Europe and North America, Leissle shows how cocoa has been used as a political tool to wield power over others. Cocoa’s politicization is not, however, limitless: it happens within botanical parameters set by the crop itself, and the material reality of its transport, storage, and manufacture into chocolate. As calls for justice in the industry have grown louder, Leissle reveals the possibilities for and constraints upon realizing a truly sustainable and fulfilling livelihood for cocoa growers, and for keeping the world full of chocolate.