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Book publishing - Active Citizenship

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 10 November 2010

Laurie Taylor talks to Cambridge sociologist Professor John Thompson about his book 'Merchants of Culture' which approaches the US/UK publishing trade from an anthropological point of view. Laurie also talks to MP Jesse Norman and author Dan Hind about Dan's new book The Return of the Public arguing for more active citizenship.
Producer: Chris Wilson.

  • John Thompson

    Professor of sociology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge

    Merchants of Culture
    Publisher: Polity Press
    ISBN-10: 0745647863
    ISBN-13: 978-0745647869

    Find out more about John Thompson
  • Dan Hind

    Writer and journalist

    The Return of the Public
    Publisher: Verso
    ISBN-10: 1844675947
    ISBN-13: 978-1844675944

    Find out more about Dan Hind
  • Jesse Norman

    Writer and Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire

    Big Society: The Anatomy of the New Politics
    Publisher: The University of Buckingham Press
    ISBN-10: 0956395201
    ISBN-13: 978-0956395207

    Compassionate Conservatism: What It Is, Why We Need It
    Publisher: Policy Exchange
    ISBN-10: 0955190932
    ISBN-13: 978-0955190933

    Find out more about Jesse Norman



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