Books published by MIT Press (MA)

Groundless Grounds

MIT Press (MA) | January 10, 2014 | 354 pages
Ludwig Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger are two of the most important--and two of the most difficult--philosophers of the twentieth century, indelibly influencing the course of continental and analytic philosophy, respectively. In Groundless Grounds, Lee Braver argues that the views of both... More Info

Various Small Books

MIT Press (MA) | December 1, 2012 | 287 pages
In the 1960s and 1970s, the artist Ed Ruscha created a series of smallphoto-conceptual artist's books, among them Twentysix Gas Stations, Various Small Fires,Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Thirtyfour Parking Lots, Real Estate Opportunities,and A Few Palm Trees. Featuring mundane subjects... More Info

Snapshot Photography

MIT Press (MA) | September 27, 2013 | 264 pages
Snapshots capture everyday occasions. Taken by amateur photographers with simplepoint-and-shoot cameras, snapshots often commemorate something that is private and personal; yetthey also reflect widely held cultural conventions. The poses may be formulaic, but a photograph ofloved ones can evoke a... More Info

The Cosmetic Gaze

MIT Press (MA) | March 9, 2012 | 240 pages
If the gaze can be understood to mark the disjuncture between how we see ourselves and how we want to be seen by others, the cosmetic gaze--in Bernadette Wegenstein's groundbreaking formulation--is one through which the act of looking at our bodies and those of others is already informed by the... More Info

Why Have Children?

MIT Press (MA) | September 1, 2013 | 272 pages
In contemporary Western society, people are more often called upon to justify the choice not to have children than they are to supply reasons for having them. In this book, Christine Overall maintains that the burden of proof should be reversed: that the choice to have children calls for more... More Info

Treading Softly

MIT Press (MA) | September 1, 2013 | 224 pages
How to imagine and then realize an ecological order based on living within our biophysical means.  More Info

The Syria Dilemma

MIT Press (MA) | September 1, 2013 | 272 pages
The current conflict in Syria has killed more than 70,000 people and displaced fourmillion, yet most observers predict that the worst is still to come. And for two years, theinternational community has failed to take action. World leaders have repeatedly resolved not to letatrocities happen in... More Info

Recycling Reconsidered

MIT Press (MA) | August 1, 2013 | 320 pages
Recycling is widely celebrated as an environmental success story. The accomplishments of the recycling movement can be seen in municipal practice, a thriving private recycling industry, and widespread public support and participation. In the United States, more people recycle than vote. But, as... More Info

Digitally Enabled Social Change

MIT Press (MA) | August 16, 2013 | 272 pages
An investigation into how specific Web technologies can change the dynamics of organizing and participating in political and social protest.  More Info

Why Photography Matters

MIT Press (MA) | August 23, 2013 | 112 pages
Photography matters, writes Jerry Thompson, because of how it works -- not only as anartistic medium but also as a way of knowing. It matters because how we understand what photographyis and how it works tell us something about how we understand anything. With these provocativeobservations,... More Info

Why Have Children?

MIT Press (MA) | February 3, 2012 | 253 pages
In contemporary Western society, people are more often called upon to justify the choice not to have children than they are to supply reasons for having them. In this book, Christine Overall maintains that the burden of proof should be reversed: that the choice to have children calls for more... More Info


MIT Press (MA) | April 19, 2013 | 256 pages
Originally published by Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1972.  More Info

Digital Methods

MIT Press (MA) | May 3, 2013 | 280 pages
In Digital Methods, Richard Rogers proposes a methodological outlook for social andcultural scholarly research on the Web that seeks to move Internet research beyond the study ofonline culture. It is not a toolkit for Internet research, or operating instructions for a softwarepackage; it deals with... More Info

The Information Revolution And Developing Countries

MIT Press (MA) | July 20, 2019 | 456 pages
An analysis of the problems and possibilities of the information revolution in developing countries, taking into account political, institutional, and cultural dynamics and structures.  More Info

Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets

MIT Press (MA) | January 13, 2012 | 341 pages
Innovation in information and communication technology (ICT) fuels the growth of the global economy. How ICT markets evolve depends on politics and policy, and since the 1950s periodic overhauls of ICT policy have transformed competition and innovation. For example, in the 1980s and the 1990s a... More Info


MIT Press (MA) | April 5, 2013 | 304 pages
The vast majority of all email sent every day is spam, a variety of idiosyncraticallyspelled requests to provide account information, invitations to spend money on dubious products, andpleas to send cash overseas. Most of it is caught by filters before ever reaching an in-box. Wheredoes it come... More Info

Ambient Commons

MIT Press (MA) | March 8, 2013 | 320 pages
The world is filling with ever more kinds of media, in ever more contexts andformats. Glowing rectangles have become part of the scene; screens, large and small, appeareverywhere. Physical locations are increasingly tagged and digitally augmented. Sensors, processors,and memory are not found only... More Info

Giving Kids a Fair Chance

MIT Press (MA) | April 5, 2013 | 152 pages
In Giving Kids a Fair Chance, Nobel Prize-winning economist JamesHeckman argues that the accident of birth is the greatest source of inequality in America today.Children born into disadvantage are, by the time they start kindergarten, already at risk ofdropping out of school, teen pregnancy, crime,... More Info

Contested Water: The Struggle Against Water Privatization in the United States and Canada

MIT Press (MA) | March 15, 2013 | 254 pages
Attempts by local governments to privatize water services have met with furiousopposition. Activists argue that to give private companies control of the water supply is to turnwater from a common resource into a marketized commodity. Moreover, to cede local power to a globalcorporation puts... More Info

Something for Nothing

MIT Press (MA) | February 8, 2013 | 336 pages
David Fox (Ph.D. Economics, Columbia, Visiting Assistant Professor at Kester College,Knittersville, New York) is having a stressful year. He has a temporary position at a small collegein a small town miles from everything except Albany. His students have never read Freakonomics. Hethinks he is... More Info

Inside Jokes

MIT Press (MA) | February 8, 2013 | 376 pages
An evolutionary and cognitive account of the addictive mind candy that ishumor.  More Info

The End of Energy

MIT Press (MA) | February 8, 2013 | 384 pages
Forty years of energy incompetence: villains, failures of leadership, and missedopportunities.  More Info

Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists

MIT Press (MA) | February 8, 2013 | 256 pages
Guidance for maintaining national security without abandoning the rule of law and ourdemocratic values.  More Info

The Comingled Code

MIT Press (MA) | January 11, 2013 | 250 pages
The interaction of open source and proprietary software and the implications foreconomic development.  More Info

The Rediscovery of the Wild

MIT Press (MA) | February 1, 2013 | 272 pages
We often enjoy the benefits of connecting with nearby, domesticated nature -- a citypark, a backyard garden. But this book makes the provocative case for the necessity of connectingwith wild nature -- untamed, unmanaged, not encompassed, self-organizing, and unencumbered andunmediated by... More Info

Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously

MIT Press (MA) | January 11, 2013 | 400 pages
A theoretically driven comparison of sustainability programs in U.S. cities.  More Info

Occupy the Future

MIT Press (MA) | January 4, 2013 | 192 pages
The Occupy Wall Street movement has ignited new questions about the relationshipbetween democracy and equality in the United States. Are we also entering a moment in history inwhich the disjuncture between our principles and our institutions is cast into especially sharprelief? Do new... More Info


MIT Press (MA) | September 21, 2012 | 320 pages
Why we complain about communication overload even as we seek new ways tocommunicate.  More Info

Taken for Grantedness

MIT Press (MA) | October 26, 2012 | 256 pages
Why do we feel insulted or exasperated when our friends and family don't answer theirmobile phones? If the Internet has allowed us to broaden our social world into a virtual friend-net,the mobile phone is an instrument of a more intimate social sphere. The mobile phone provides ataken-for-granted... More Info

Comparative Environmental Politics

MIT Press (MA) | February 24, 2012 | 424 pages
How do different societies respond politically to environmental problems around the globe? Answering this question requires systematic, cross-national comparisons of political institutions, regulatory styles, and state-society relations. The field of comparative environmental politics approaches... More Info

Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change

MIT Press (MA) | April 6, 2012 | 336 pages
Predictions about global climate change have produced both stark scenarios of environmental catastrophe and purportedly pragmatic ideas about adaptation. This book takes a different perspective, exploring the idea that the challenge of adapting to global climate change is fundamentally an ethical... More Info

Good Faith Collaboration

MIT Press (MA) | September 21, 2012 | 264 pages
How Wikipedia collaboration addresses the challenges of openness, consensus, andleadership in a historical pursuit for a universal encyclopedia.  More Info

Hijacking Sustainability

MIT Press (MA) | February 17, 2012 | 224 pages
The idea of "sustainability" has gone mainstream. Thanks to Prius-driving movie stars, it's even hip. What began as a grassroots movement to promote responsible development has become a bullet point in corporate ecobranding strategies. In Hijacking Sustainability, Adrian Parr describes how this has... More Info

Sacrifice Zones

MIT Press (MA) | September 21, 2012 | 368 pages
The stories of residents of low-income communities across the country who took actionwhen pollution from heavy industry contaminated their towns.  More Info

Reflexive Governance for Global Public Goods

MIT Press (MA) | April 27, 2012 | 376 pages
Global public goods (GPGs)--the economic term for a broad range of goods and services that benefit everyone, including stable climate, public health, and economic security--pose notable governance challenges. At the national level, public goods are often provided by government, but at the global... More Info

Push Comes To Shove

MIT Press (MA) | September 21, 2012 | 312 pages
The new celebration of women's aggression in contemporary culture, from Kill Bill andPrime Suspect to the artists group Toxic Titties.  More Info

Effective Cycling

MIT Press (MA) | April 27, 2012 | 624 pages
Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding... More Info

The Ethics of Animal Research

MIT Press (MA) | March 30, 2012 | 352 pages
An estimated 100 million nonhuman vertebrates worldwide--including primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, birds, rats, and mice--are bred, captured, or otherwise acquired every year for research purposes. Much of this research is seriously detrimental to the welfare of these animals, causing... More Info

Digital Dead End

MIT Press (MA) | September 14, 2012 | 266 pages
The realities of the high-tech global economy for women and families in the UnitedStates.  More Info


MIT Press (MA) | September 14, 2012 | 235 pages
How videogames offer a new way to do journalism.  More Info

Blaming Islam

MIT Press (MA) | March 9, 2012 | 121 pages
In the United States and in Europe, politicians, activists, and even some scholars argue that Islam is incompatible with Western values and that we put ourselves at risk if we believe that Muslim immigrants can integrate into our society. Norway's Anders Behring Breivik took this argument to its... More Info

Virtual Knowledge

MIT Press (MA) | October 19, 2012 | 288 pages
Today we are witnessing dramatic changes in the way scientific and scholarlyknowledge is created, codified, and communicated. This transformation is connected to the use ofdigital technologies and the virtualization of knowledge. In this book, scholars from a range ofdisciplines consider just what,... More Info

Being Nuclear

MIT Press (MA) | March 9, 2012 | 451 pages
Discusses what guidelines define a nation as "nuclear," and examines the relationships between developing nations with large contents of raw uranium and nuclear power nations, who are often former colonizers.  More Info

Philosophy of Communication

MIT Press (MA) | August 10, 2012 | 674 pages
To philosophize is to communicate philosophically. From its inception, philosophy hascommunicated forcefully. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle talk a lot, and talk ardently. Becausephilosophy and communication have belonged together from the beginning--and because philosophy comesinto its own and... More Info

Oh, Canada

MIT Press (MA) | July 20, 2012 | 399 pages
Published in the occasion of an exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.  More Info

Blowout in the Gulf

MIT Press (MA) | February 17, 2012 | 272 pages
On April 20, 2010, the gigantic drilling rig Deepwater Horizon blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven crew members and causing a massive eruption of oil from BP's Macondo well. For months, oil gushed into the Gulf, spreading death and destruction. Americans watched real-time video of the... More Info

The Last Art College

MIT Press (MA) | March 2, 2012 | 480 pages
How did a small art college in Nova Scotia become the epicenter of art education--and to a large extent of the postmimimalist and conceptual art world itself--in the 1960s and 1970s? Like the unorthodox experiments and rich human resources that made Black Mountain College an improbable center of... More Info