Christine Griffin, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Bath
"A wonderful look at the academic world and the kind of writing it encourages. I especially enjoyed the chapters on mass publication, sociology, and experimental social psychology."
Tom Scheff, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
"If you are put off by the highly specialized, closed and boring technical prose that increasingly characterizes a good deal of contemporary social science, then Michael Billig shares your annoyance! A wise, informed and well-written account, showing just why so many social scientists write badly."
John Van Maanen, Erwin H. Schell Professor of Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management
"Once again, Michael Billig has succeeded in challenging one of the characteristics of scholars' writing in the social sciences which is usually taken for granted: the use of too much abstract jargon which mystifies and obfuscates the interpretation, reflection and explanation of our findings. In his brilliant, typically humorous but also cynical and accurate analysis of scholars' narcissism, the author points to alternative ways of combining complex research with fundamental and necessary scholarly standards - while simultaneously making our work accessible to a broader public, in the spirit of true critical science."
Ruth Wodak, Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies, Lancaster University
"Michael Billig is writing from the inside as a professor of social sciences at Loughborough University: he knows all the tricks and poses, and examines them with a mix of cool detachment, warm humour and suitably dense footnoting."
Gideon Haigh, 'Books of the Year', Spectator (Australia)
"[A] splendid book, which I'm going to make compulsory reading for anyone who crosses my path."
Martin Parker, Organization
"[Billig's] argument will interest most academics, not merely those in the social sciences ... any self-reflective academic or writer will benefit from reading his accomplished study."
Luke Brunning, The Cambridge Humanities Review
"A highly respected researcher, Billig is well positioned to offer his critique ... The book's apt, somewhat tongue-in-cheek illustrations cleverly prove Billig's claims ... Essential. Graduate students, researchers, faculty."
C. E. O'Neill, Choice
"... a thought-provoking manifesto for good writing."
Helen Jones, Sociology