Category: Political action

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

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

Economic Justice and Democracy

Theatre Arts Books | July 21, 2019 | 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

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 | July 21, 2019 | 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

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

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

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 | July 21, 2019 | 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 | July 21, 2019 | 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

The Great Degeneration

Penguin Group USA | June 24, 2014 | 192 pages
A searching and provocative examination of the widespread institutional rot that threatens our collective future What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality, aging populations, antisocial behavior.... More Info

The People's Platform

Random House Canada | March 4, 2014 | 288 pages
From a cutting-edge cultural commentator and documentary filmmaker, a bold and brilliant challenge to cherished notions of the Internet as the great democratizing force of our age. The Internet has been hailed as a place where all can be heard and everyone can participate equally. But how true is... More Info

Stuff Theory

Bloomsbury USA Academic | March 27, 2014 | 288 pages
Stuff, the hoard of minor objects which have shed their commodity glamor but which we refuse to recycle, flashes up in fiction, films and photographs as alluring, unruly reminder of how people and matter are intertwined. Stuff is modern materiality out of bounds that refuses to be contained by the... More Info

Good-Bye Hegemony!

February 1, 2014 | 208 pages
Many policymakers, journalists, and scholars insist that U.S. hegemony is essential for warding off global chaos. Good-Bye Hegemony! argues that hegemony is a fiction propagated to support a large defense establishment, justify American claims to world leadership, and buttress the self-esteem of... More Info

The Bright Continent

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | July 21, 2019 | 272 pages
A Nigerian-American journalist attempts to dispel the warring, impoverished and pitiful images of Africa so prevalent in the media with the joyful and innovative country she knows by highlighting the commercial opportunities and technological innovations to be found there. 25,000 first printing.  More Info

The Method of Freedom

A K PressDistribution | February 18, 2014 | 330 pages
Designed as a companion volume to the ten-volume set of Malatesta's Complete Works (forthcoming),The Method of Freedom collects Malatesta's most enduring long-form essays - including 'Anarchy' and 'Our Program' - together with previously un-translated articles from the numerous journals he edited... More Info

Labor Movements

Polity | April 21, 2014 | 200 pages
Fewer than 12 percent of U.S. workers belong to unions, and union membership rates are falling in much of the world. With tremendous growth in inequality within and between countries, steady or indeed rising unemployment and underemployment, and the marked increase in precarious work and migration,... More Info

Protest Inc.

Polity | March 31, 2014 | 200 pages
Mass protests have raged since the global financial crisis of 2008. Across the world students and workers and environmentalists are taking to the streets. Discontent is seething even in the wealthiest countries, as the world saw with Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Protest Inc. tells a disturbingly... More Info

Global Governance at Risk

Polity | November 4, 2013 | 272 pages
This is a major new collection examining the economic and political challenges currently faced by multilateral and transnational governance institutions.  More Info

The Politics of Global Supply Chains

Polity | January 13, 2014 | 224 pages
The Politics of Global Supply Chains analyses the changing politics of power and distribution within contemporary global supply chains. Drawing on over 300 interviews with farmers, workers, activists, businesses and government officials in garment and coffee sector supply chains, the book shows how... More Info

What is a Social Movement

Polity | April 21, 2014 | 176 pages
Social movements play a central role in the scope and direction of social change. They were instrumental in the creation of the modern state and, today, are major forces in politics and culture. Environmentalism, gay rights, alterglobalization, and Islamic fundamentalism are all movements with... More Info

Immigration Economics

Harvard University Press | June 9, 2014 | 296 pages
Nearly 3% of the world's population no longer live in the country where they were born. George Borjas synthesizes the theories, models, and econometric methods used to identify the causes and consequences of international labor flows, and lays out with clarity a full spectrum of topics with crucial... More Info

Signs and Machines

Semiotext | April 1, 2014 | 280 pages
"Capital is a semiotic operator": this assertion by Félix Guattari is atthe heart of Maurizio Lazzarato's Signs and Machines, which asks us to leavebehind the logocentrism that still informs so many critical theories. Lazzarato calls instead for anew theory capable of explaining how signs function... More Info

The Empire Within

McGill Queens Univ | March 25, 2010 | 303 pages
"This book has been published with the help of a grant from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, through the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme, using funds provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada." "McGill-Queen's University Press... More Info

Freedom Vs Necessity in International Relations

April 16, 2013 | 224 pages
Chandler provocatively argues that human-centred approaches have limited rather than expanded the transformative possibilities available to us, and if real change is to be achieved - both at a local and a global level - then a radical re-think in Western thought is required.  More Info

Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South

May 1, 2014 | 240 pages
After three decades of privatization and anti-state rhetoric, government ownership and public management are back in vogue. Corporatization has been a particularly popular form of public enterprise, creating services that are fully owned and operated by the state but function with a degree of... More Info

Capitalism in the Age of Globalization

By Amin
March 6, 2014 | 192 pages
Samir Amin is, and remains, one of the world's most influential thinkers about the changing nature of capitalism and North-South relations. In this highly prescient book, originally published in 1997, he provides a powerful analysis of the new and very different era which capitalism entered... More Info

Global Governance and the New Wars

March 6, 2014 | 320 pages
In this hugely influential book, originally published in 2001 but just as - if not more - relevant today, Mark Duffield shows how war has become an integral component of development discourse. Aid agencies have become increasingly involved in humanitarian assistance, conflict resolution and the... More Info

The Fourth Revolution

Penguin Press | May 15, 2014 | 320 pages
From the bestselling authors of The Right Nation, a visionary argument that our current crisis in government is nothing less than the fourth radical transition in the history of the nation-state Dysfunctional government: It’s become a cliché, and most of us are resigned to the fact that nothing... More Info

The Violence of Development

March 24, 2014 | 240 pages
The Violence of Development examines the failure of 'development' in Central America, where despite billions of dollars of development funding and positive indicators of economic growth, poverty remains entrenched and violence endemic. Martin Mowforth shows how development is predicated on force... More Info

Other People's Houses

Yale University Press | July 21, 2019 | 416 pages
The author offers his view as to how the financial crisis of 2008 developed and why it could happen again.  More Info

Let freedom reign

Interlink Pub Group Inc | February 10, 2010 | 136 pages
This collection marks the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison and analyzes the linguistic features, content and context of Mandela's speeches.  More Info


May 13, 2014 | 336 pages
You may have heard rumours of great changes in Asia. In Capital, a novelist takes you on an intimate tour of an erupting Asian megalopolis: Delhi, capital of India. Speaking to billionaires and slum dwellers, drug dealers and bureaucrats, psychoanalysts and metal traders, he paints a dazzling... More Info


May 13, 2014 | 230 pages
Praise for Arundhati Roy's Field Notes on Democracy: "Gorgeously wrought . . . pitch-perfect prose. . . . In language of terrible beauty, she takes India's everyday tragedies and reminds us to be outraged all over again."?Time "In her searing account, Roy asks whether our shriveled forms of... More Info

Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)

Verso | May 1, 2014 | 332 pages
The famed labor and environmental justice activist presents a cautionary assessment of the American union movement that notes the current low membership of unionized private-sector workers while sharing the stories of her victories, revealing current conflicts in organized labor and making... More Info