Category: Political Action


Grassroots Post-modernism

Zed Books | September 2, 2014 | 248 pages
Grassroots Post-modernism resolutely attacks the three sacred cows of modernity - the idea that there is only one, universally valid way of understanding social reality; the exclusive and general validity of Western-defined notions of 'human'; and the notion of the self-sufficient individual, as... More Info

Capitalism and Its Alternatives

Zed Books | September 2, 2014 | 192 pages
The Global Economic Crisis has catalysed debates about the merits of capitalism as a system for organising production, distribution, and exchange. Political elites have claimed that Capitalism is not a fundamentally pernicious or crisis prone system, and can be successfully reformed if the right... More Info

Protecting Research Confidentiality

James Lorimer | October 3, 2014 | 320 pages
Who can legally keep a secret? Lawyers, yes, priests, yes, but what about researchers? Not to mention social workers, therapists, doctors, or police officers.  More Info

The Night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union

October 30, 2014 | 256 pages
Less than two months before he was assassinated, Malcolm X spoke at The Oxford Union—the most prestigious student debating organization in the United Kingdom, which regularly welcomed heads of state and stars of screen and served as the training ground for the politically ambitious offspring of... More Info

Too Big to Jail

Belknap Press | November 3, 2014 | 340 pages
American courts routinely hand down harsh sentences to individual convicts, but a very different standard of justice applies to corporations. Too Big to Jail takes readers into a complex, compromised world of backroom deals, for an unprecedented look at what happens when criminal charges are... More Info

Arresting Hope

Inanna Publications & Education Incorporated | June 30, 2014 | 300 pages
Arresting Hope reminds us that prisons are not only places of punishment, marginalization, and trauma, but that they can also be places of hope, blessing even, where people with difficult lived experiences can begin to compose stories full of healing, anticipation, communication, education,... More Info

The Longer I'm Prime Minister

Vintage Canada | October 14, 2014 | 464 pages
The definitive portrait of Stephen Harper in power by this country's most trenchant, influential and surprising political commentator. Despite a constant barrage of outrage and disbelief from his detractors, Stephen Harper is on his way to becoming one of Canada's most significant prime ministers.... More Info

The Specter of Capital

Stanford University Press | October 22, 2014 | 160 pages
The Specter of Capital provides a searching historical analysis and critique of the role of classical and neoclassical economic theory in creating the economic conditions which produced the global financial crisis.  More Info

Happy City

Anchor Canada | November 11, 2014 | 368 pages
"Happy City is not only readable but stimulating. It raises issues most of us have avoided for too long. Do we live in neighbourhoods that make us happy? That is not a silly question. Montgomery encourages us to ask it without embarrassment, and to think intelligently about the answer." --The New... More Info

In Light of Africa

October 28, 2014 | 208 pages
In Light of Africa explores how the idea of Africa as a real place, an imagined homeland, and a metaphor for Black identity is used in the cultural politics of the Brazilian state of Bahia. In the book, Allan Charles Dawson argues that Africa, as both a symbol and a geographical and historical... More Info

Inequality and the 1%

Verso | September 30, 2014 | 192 pages
"Inequality is more than just economics. It is the culture that divides and makes social mobility impossible. Leading geographer Danny Dorling goes in pursuit of the latest research into how the lives and ideas of the 1 percent impact the remaining 99 percent; and the findings are shocking.... More Info

Censored 2015

October 7, 2014 | 320 pages
Every year since 1976, Project Censored has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship. Beyond the Top-25 stories, additional... More Info

The Theory of Monolopy Capitalism

April 1, 2014 | 280 pages
In 1966, Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy published Monopoly Capital, a monumental work of economic theory and social criticism that sought to reveal the basic nature of the capitalism of their time. Their theory, and its continuing elaboration by Sweezy, Harry Magdoff, and others in Monthly Review... More Info

The Great Financial Crisis

January 1, 2009 | 160 pages
Charles Robert Darwin (1809–1882) has been widely recognized since his own time as one of the most influential writers in the history of Western thought. His books were widely read by specialists and the general public, and his influence had been extended by almost continuous public debate over... More Info

In Pursuit of Justice

September 1, 2014 | 128 pages
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Orchestrating Austerity

September 1, 2014 | 224 pages
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Connecting to Change the World

Island Press | September 29, 2014 | 256 pages
Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations today need to do more and to do better with less. Increasingly, they are adopting a network-centric approach to their work, building networks of like-minded organizations and people that give them better results than any single organization can accomplish.... More Info

Taking to the Streets

Johns Hopkins University Press | April 16, 2014 | 368 pages
Taking to the Streets critically examines the conventional wisdom that the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings happened spontaneously and were directed by tech-savvy young revolutionaries. Pairing first-hand observations from activists with the critical perspectives of scholars, the book illuminates the... More Info

Building Transnational Networks

Cambridge University Press | June 26, 2014 | 280 pages
Building Transnational Networks tells the story of how a broad group of civil society organizations came together to contest free trade negotiations in the Americas. Based on research in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, the United States, and Canada, it offers a full hemispheric analysis of the creation of... More Info

The Wrath of Capital

September 1, 2014 | 232 pages
Although climate change has become the dominant concern of the twenty-first century, global powers refuse to implement the changes necessary to reverse these trends. Instead, they have neoliberalized nature and climate change politics and discourse, and there are indications of a more virulent... More Info


Simon and Schuster | September 30, 2014 | 256 pages
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords—disabled from an assassination attempt in Tucson, Arizona—and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, share their impassioned argument for responsible gun ownership and more responsible gun control laws, despite being gun owners and staunch supporters of the... More Info


Dundurn Group | October 4, 2014 | 208 pages
For better or worse, digital business has fundamentally changed how organizations hire staff, market their services, and connect with stakeholders. The problem is, in an effort to use technology to connect with people more effectively, we have lost the humanity -- that critical person-to-person... More Info

How Google Works

Grand Central Publishing | September 23, 2014 | 304 pages
Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google over a decade ago as proven technology executives. At the time, the company was already well-known for doing things differently, reflecting the visionary--and frequently... More Info

The Social Life of Money

September 1, 2014 | 480 pages
"Nigel Dodd is one of the leading experts on the sociology of money. His excellent new book is a tour de force through sociological, economic, and philosophical theories of money, rich in historical examples and informed by current controversies.  More Info

Drugs 2.0

May 1, 2014 | 320 pages
A few years ago, deals were done in dimly-lit side streets or on the phone via a friend of a friend. Today, you can order every conceivable pill or powder with the click of a mouse. But the online market in narcotics isn't just changing the way drugs are bought and sold; it's changing the nature of... More Info

They Rule

Paradigm Pub | July 1, 2014 | 252 pages
They Rule reflects on key political questions raised by the Occupy movement, showing how similar questions have been raised by previous generations of radical activists: who really owns and rules the US?  More Info

The Smartphone

The New Press | September 2, 2014 | 304 pages
We think we know everything about our smartphones. We use them constantly. We depend on them for every conceivable purpose. We are familiar with every inch of their compact frames. But there is more to the smartphone than meets the eye. How have smartphones shaped the way we socialize and interact?... More Info

Insurrections of the Mind

Harper Perennial | September 16, 2014 | 608 pages
Founded by Herbert Croly and Walter Lippmann in 1914 to give voice to the growing progressive movement, The New Republic has charted—and shaped—the state of American liberalism, publishing many of the twentieth century's most important thinkers. Insurrections of the Mind is an intellectual... More Info

Economic Justice and Democracy

Theatre Arts Books | October 26, 2014 | 423 pages
In Economic Justice and Democracy Robin Hahnel argues that progressives need to go back to the drawing board and rethink how they conceive of economic justice and economic democracy. He presents a coherent set of economic institutions and procedures that can deliver economic justice and democracy... More Info

The End of Normal

Simon & Schuster | September 9, 2014 | 304 pages
The years since the Great Crisis of 2008 have seen slow growth, high unemployment, falling home values, chronic deficits, a deepening disaster in Europe—and a stale argument between two false solutions, “austerity” on one side and “stimulus” on the other. Both sides and practically all... More Info

Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice: Social Justice, Social Work, 2nd Ed

Brunswick Books | October 26, 2014 | 342 pages
Professor:  Prof. Susan Braedley
Course Codes:  SOWK 5701.
Semester:  Fall-2014
"Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice introduces students to the emerging tradition, the historical and theoretical roots and the specific contexts of anti-oppressive social work practice. AOP understands the problems faced by clients as rooted in the socio-political structure of society rather than in... More Info

Articulating Dissent

Pluto Press | July 24, 2014 | 248 pages
Articulating Dissent analyses the new communicative strategies of coalition protest movements and how these impact on a mainstream media unaccustomed to fractured articulations of dissent. Pollyanna Ruiz shows how coalition protest movements against austerity, war and globalisation build upon the... More Info

Youth Work

August 6, 2014 | 168 pages
Youth Work is a sophisticated examination of the troubling experiences of young people living outside the care of parents or guardians, as well as of the difficulties of the frontline workers who take responsibility for assisting them.  More Info

The Secret Club That Runs the World

Portfolio | October 26, 2014 | 288 pages
The award-winning author of Street Fighters illuminates the powerful commodities market and some of its most influential figures, including oil trade hedge-fund manager Pierre Andurand and Glencore insider Ivan Glasenberg.  More Info

Debt to Society

July 24, 2014 | 240 pages
It is commonplace to say that criminals pay their debt to society by spending time in prison, but what is a “debt to society”? How is crime understood as a debt? How has time become the equivalent for crime? And how does criminal debt relate to the kind of debt held by consumers and university... More Info

Lessons from Latin America

University of Toronto PressHigher education | July 25, 2014 | 224 pages
There is a long tradition of English-speaking North American countries looking down on the south, assuming there is little to learn from their experiences. And yet, in the decades of democratization that began in the early 1980s, Latin American countries have been innovative in a range of policy... More Info

Why Gender Matters in Economic Issues

August 1, 2014 | 408 pages
Gender matters in economics--for even with today's technology, fertility choices, market opportunities, and improved social norms, economic outcomes for women remain markedly worse than for men.  More Info

Whose Streets?

Between the Lines(CA) | November 11, 2011 | 230 pages
Activists, arrestees, and academics offer their views on the June 2010 G20 protests: contexts and analyses and ? most importantly ? lessons for activists for future struggles  More Info

The Answer Is Still No

Fernwood Publishing | April 1, 2014 | 156 pages
" The oil and gas industry has wanted into the west coast for decades. This is an ongoing struggle between the people who live here and have access to the marine resources now, the fish, and the industry, which wants in either for tanker traffic or offshore drilling. The government is on the oil... More Info

Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism

Oxford University Press | March 14, 2014 | 352 pages
"What I am seeking here is a better understanding of the contradictions of capital, not of capitalism. I want to know how the economic engine of capitalism works the way it does, and why it might stutter and stall and sometimes appear to be on the verge of collapse. I also want to show why this... More Info

Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond

August 5, 2014 | 344 pages
Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond examines the challenges created by both religious radicalism and the state's and society's response to it.  More Info

The Everything Store

Back Bay Books | August 12, 2014 | 416 pages
The award-winning bestseller: "Stone's book, at last, gives us a Jeff Bezos biography that can fit proudly on a shelf next to the best chronicles of America's other landmark capitalists." -- Forbes's visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon... More Info

Global Imperialism and the Great Crisis

July 1, 2014 | 288 pages
In this provocative study, economist Ernesto Screpanti argues that imperialism—far from disappearing or mutating into a benign “globalization”—has in fact entered a new phase, which he terms “global imperialism.” This is a phase defined by multinational firms cut loose from the... More Info


May 1, 2014 | 304 pages
What is economics?What can - and can't - it explain about the world? Why does it matter? Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at Cambridge University, and writes a column for the Guardian. The Observer called his book 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, which was a no.1 bestseller, 'a witty... More Info

Conflicted Commitments

June 1, 2014 | 200 pages
A critical look at the politics and paradoxes of race in humanitarian efforts.  More Info

Sexuality and Socialism

Haymarket Books | October 26, 2014 | 333 pages
The movement for LGBT rights has greatly expanded sexual freedom, but many challenges confront this struggle for equality. Sherry Wolf offers a Marxist analysis that links today's struggles for equal rights to a future based on genuine liberation.  More Info

Understanding Tahrir Square

Brookings Institution Press | March 10, 2014 | 258 pages
Amid the current turmoil in the Middle East, Understanding Tahrir Square sounds a rare optimistic note. Surveying countries in other parts of the world during their transitions to democracy, author Stephen Grand argues that the long-term prospects in many parts of the Arab world are actually quite... More Info

The Bubble Economy

Mit Press | October 26, 2014 | 386 pages
The global economy has become increasingly, perhaps chronically, unstable. Since 2008, we have heard about the housing bubble, subprime mortgages, banks "too big to fail," financial regulation (or the lack of it), and the European debt crisis. Wall Street has discovered that it is more profitable... More Info

Liberating Temporariness?

June 1, 2014 | 360 pages
An in-depth and wide-ranging critique and analysis of the rising tide of temporariness in political and social life.  More Info

Transforming power

Penguin Global | March 10, 2009 | 277 pages
Veteran activist Judy Rebick explains in Transforming Power how globalization and mass-communication technology are revolutionizing our understanding of power and producing profound new ideas about social and political life.  More Info