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Bodleian Social Science Library Guide: New Books

A short guide to the Library and our collections.

SSL Book of the Month

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.


Black British History: new perspectives, edited by Hakim Adi. Zed Books, 2019.

eBook available here


October’s book of the month was selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen to tie in with Black History Month.

Book Overview:

The University has a long history of attracting Black scholars from Africa, the Caribbean, America and Australia since the matriculation in 1873 of Christian Fredrick Cole, who became the first African to practise in an English court. He was followed by Alain Locke, the Father of the Harlem Renaissance and the first Black scholar to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1907; Kofoworola Moore, the first African woman to graduate from the University in 1935; Eric Williams, the great historian of the Caribbean, who was elected Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. Students from all parts of Africa, the Caribbean and the Commonwealth have made significant contributions to politics, literature, science and the arts. Uncovering the stories of prominent and lesser-known Black students at Oxford, Pamela Roberts reveals a hitherto undocumented strand in the University’s history and its relationship with the wider world.


“The book is a landmark in the study of social psychology and voter choice.”
Kenneth Bunker, Democratization

“There is a lot to appreciate and admire about Norris and Inglehart’s latest book. Those intrigued by and concerned about today’s political currents in democratic societies can learn a great deal from Cultural Backlash. I recommend picking it up for the narrative, reading on for the depth and nuance, and reflecting on the ideas for inspiration.”
Jennifer Fitzgerald, Political Psychology

How can I access it?

An eBook of this title is available via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access it remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

Go to the SSL Blog to see previous Books of the Month.