Rating: 2.5 stars
Synopsis: Most of us have heard of the bystander effect. It can be a major limitation to moral action in a variety of situations, from life-threatening emergencies to sexist comments in the workplace. But what actually is the bystander effect? How does it occur? And why is challenging it so important for communities and social justice?
In her book The Bystander Effect, Catherine Sanderson uses decades of research to answer these questions, outlining the psychological basis of the bystander effect in a way that empowers us to step up, challenge harmful behaviour, and become active ‘moral rebels’ rather than passive bystanders. Continue reading The Bystander Effect by Catherine Sanderson: Data-Driven Moral Bravery
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis: We’re living in a time when it can feel like we’re on completely different planets from some of the people we encounter – from bigoted grandparents to politicians on the news. In Talking Across the Divide, Justin Lee provides practical advice on bridging this seemingly uncrossable chasm.
It’s time to have some difficult but meaningful conversations, and maybe even make the world a little better in the process. Continue reading Talking Across the Divide by Justin Lee: Equip Yourself to Challenge Prejudice
Rating: 4 stars
Category: Non-fiction, Memoir
Synopsis: After the frustrations and bureaucracy of working as a GP cause Dr Amanda Brown to impulsively walk out of her practice, she is looking for a change. Her compulsion to challenge herself and make a difference lands her where she never thought she’d end up – treating prisoners in some of Britain’s toughest criminal institutions.
The Prison Doctor is the story of the incredible people she meets, as well as a compassionate insight into the individual lives that are placed into the hands of the justice system – for better or worse. Continue reading The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown: Unflinching and Compassionate Insight into the Prison System
If you’ve been on Miscellany Pages recently, you’ll have noticed that I’ve switched my affiliate network from Amazon to Better World Books. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Amazon – I’ve always found it to provide good deals and quick service – but I decided to support a smaller company.
Not that Better World Books is particularly small. They have over 8 million books and ship worldwide for free! I stumbled across them through a quick online search for ‘ethical affiliate networks’ and knew straight away this was the company I wanted to promote. Continue reading Better World Books: The Ethical Online Bookshop and Affiliate Network
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis: From limited career progression to queueing for aaaages in the ladies’ loos, there are some struggles that women across the world have resigned themselves to. But what if it didn’t have to be like that?
In this collection of case studies covering cities, the workplace, hospitals, disaster zones and beyond, Caroline Criado Perez reveals how, in a modern society that revolves around data, women are being systematically excluded. Continue reading Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez: Fortify Your Feminism!