Books published by Pluto Pr

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Pluto Press (UK) | October 13, 2015 | 176 pages
Today, Percy Bysshe Shelley has memorials in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey and at Oxford University. Most famous for poems such as 'To A Skylark', 'Ozymandias' and 'The Mask of Anarchy', he is considered a major Romantic poet with important new editions of his work currently being produced.... More Info

The Last Drop

Pluto Press (UK) | September 7, 2015 | 224 pages
Indispensable for human existence yet increasingly owned and controlled by private capital; the last decade has witnessed an intensifying battle for water. The exploding profits of the multinational companies which dominate the water industry are testimony to how high the stakes are - by 2012 it... More Info

The Secure and the Dispossessed

Pluto Press (UK) | November 13, 2015 | 248 pages
While the world's scientists and many of its inhabitants despair at the unfolding impacts of climate change, corporate and military leaders see nothing but challenges and opportunities. For them, melting ice caps mean newly accessible fossil fuels, borders to be secured from 'climate refugees',... More Info

Burning Country

Pluto Press (UK) | January 11, 2016 | 288 pages
In 2011, many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to demand the overthrow of the government of Bashar al-Assad. Today, much of Syria has become a warzone where foreign journalists find it almost impossible to report on life in this devastated land.Burning Country explores the horrific and... More Info

Struggle in a Time of Crisis

Pluto Press | May 20, 2015 | 192 pages
It is becoming increasingly clear for those who care to see it, that class struggle is at the core of the crisis which started in 2007. The victory of neoliberalism is closely related to two decades of successful attacks on trade unions, in particular in the west. Progressive research is more than... More Info

Southern Insurgency

Pluto Press (UK) | October 13, 2015 | 224 pages
The site of industrial struggle is shifting. The West needs to look further if it wants to understand how workers' self-organisation is developing in countries it too often ignores. Across the Global South, peasant communities are forced off the land to live and work in harsh and impoverished... More Info

The Struggle for Food Sovereignty

Pluto Press (UK) | July 20, 2015 | 224 pages
The Struggle for Food Sovereignty explores the problems faced by Southern and Northern family agricultures in the current neoliberal era. The contributors, who include Samir Amin, João Pedro Stedile and Utsa Patnaik, base their arguments on an understanding of the revival of peasant struggles for... More Info

War Against the People

Pluto Press | August 23, 2015 | 296 pages
War Against the People focuses on Israel's unique role in international affairs, highlighting how it promotes a global system of militarism and domestic control – a form of "global Palestine." Jeff Halper investigates how Israel exports the weaponry and techniques of occupation. He shows how it... More Info

Cyber-Proletariat

Pluto Press (UK) | January 5, 2015 | 240 pages
Coltan mines in the Congo; electronics factories in China; devastated neighbourhoods in Detroit. Cyber-Proletariat shows us the dark-side of the information revolution; an unsparing analysis of class power and computerisation. Nick Dyer-Witheford reveals how technology facilitates growing... More Info
$38.95

From the Local to the Global

Pluto Press (UK) | January 5, 2015 | 280 pages
In recent years the international development sector has found itself confronting new as well as persistent challenges to poverty eradication and the promotion of human rights. Climate change has loomed large as a crisis for development practitioners as well as environmentalists, with natural... More Info
$25.95

The Economics of Killing

Pluto Press (UK) | February 15, 2012 | 216 pages
Globalization has created an interconnected world, but has not diminished violence and militarism. The Economics of Killing describes how the power of global elites, entrenched under globalization, has created a deadly cycle of violence. In this groundbreaking work, Vijay Mehta shows how attempts... More Info

Foucault and Law

Pluto Press | November 15, 1994 | 148 pages
The first work to introduce Foucault's ideas on law to both graduates and undergraduates.  More Info
$35.95

Popular Protest in Palestine

Pluto Press (UK) | April 15, 2015 | 224 pages
Popular Protest in Palestine provides an overview and analysis of the role and significance of unarmed civil (popular) resistance in the Palestinian national movement. The main focus is on the contemporary popular resistance movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), but it is prefaced... More Info

The Mythology of Work

Pluto Press (UK) | January 5, 2015 | 240 pages
There was once a time when 'work' was inextricably linked to survival and self-preservation; where the farmer ploughed the land so their family could eat. But the sun has long since set on this idyllic tableau, and what was once an integral part of life has slowly morphed into a painful and... More Info
$41.95

Anthropology and Development

Pluto Press | January 20, 2015 | 216 pages
Western aid is in decline. Non-traditional development actors from the developing countries and elsewhere are in the ascendant. A new set of global economic and political processes are shaping the twenty-first century. Anthropology and Development is a completely rewritten new edition of the... More Info
$34.95

Blaming the Victim

Pluto Press | December 20, 2014 | 240 pages
Poverty, it seems, is a constant in today's news, usually the result of famine, exclusion or conflict. In Blaming the Victim, Jairo Lugo-Ocando sets out to deconstruct and reconsider the variety of ways in which the global news media misrepresent and decontextualise the causes and consequences of... More Info

The ABCs of Political Economy - Second Edition

Pluto Press | February 20, 2015 | 320 pages
This revised edition of ABCs is a lively and accessible introduction to modern political economy. Informed by the work of Marx, Veblen, Kalecki, Robinson, Minsky and other great political economists, Robin Hahnel provides the essential tools needed to understand economic issues today. Dispelling... More Info
$31.95

Constructed Situations

Pluto Press | October 23, 2014 | 240 pages
The Situationist International has been an inspiration for generations of revolutionary activists and artists. This is no less the case today, with new waves of anti-capitalist protest deploying political strategies of aesthetic disruption pioneered by the Situationists. But how are we to... More Info

Polarizing Development

Pluto Press | November 21, 2014 | 280 pages
The global economic crisis has exposed the limits of neoliberalism and intensified social polarization. Amid increasing social resistance and opposition, however, neoliberalism prevails globally. Within political economic debates, however, radical alternatives are rarely debated or are reduced to... More Info
$32.95

Zionism and its Discontents

Pluto Press | October 23, 2014 | 248 pages
Mainstream nationalist narratives and political movements have dominated the Israeli-Palestinian situation for too long. In this much-needed book, Ran Greenstein challenges this hegemony by focusing on four different, but at the same time connected, attempts which stood up to Zionist dominance and... More Info

Bruno Latour

Pluto Press | October 23, 2014 | 248 pages
Bruno Latour, the French sociologist, anthropologist and long-established superstar in the social sciences is revisited in this pioneering account of his ever-evolving political philosophy. Breaking from the traditional focus on his metaphysics, most recently seen in Harman's book Prince of... More Info

From coexistence to conquest

Pluto Pr | June 1, 2009 | 416 pages
The Palestine-Israel conflict often raises questions about international law, related to both Israel's legitimacy and violent Palestinian resistance to occupation. This book is the first of its kind to study the international legal methods used to create Israel, shedding light on the conflict as it... More Info

Elite Transition

Pluto Press | September 20, 2014 | 368 pages
Released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the end of Apartheid in South Africa, this is a fully revised and updated edition of a best-selling work of political analysis. Patrick Bond, a former adviser to the African National Congress (ANC), investigates how groups such as the ANC went from... More Info

Captive Revolution

Pluto Press | August 20, 2014 | 240 pages
Women throughout the world have always played their part in struggles against colonialism, imperialism and other forms of oppression. However, there are hardly any academic books on Arab political prisoners, fewer still on the Palestinians who have been detained in their thousands for their... 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

Hugo Chavez

Pluto Press (UK) | February 20, 2014 | 184 pages
When Hugo Chavez, then President of Venezuela, died in 2013, millions across the globe mourned. In an age where most politicians inspire only apathy and cynicism, Chavez's popularity, radicalism and vibrant personality were truly unique. Released one year after Chavez's unexpected death, this... More Info
$26.95

An Israeli in Palestine

Pluto Pr | July 15, 2010 | 338 pages
Israeli anthropologist and activist Jeff Halper throws a harsh light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the point of view of a critical insider.  More Info

Europe's Alliance with Israel

Pluto Press | December 15, 2010 | 192 pages
In carefully crafted official statements, the European Union presents itself as an honest broker in the Middle East. In reality, however, the EU’s 27 governments have been engaged in a long process of accommodating Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Journalist David Cronin... More Info

The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation

Pluto Press | September 15, 2010 | 240 pages
The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories since 1967 has many important economic aspects that are often overlooked. In this highly original book, Shir Hever shows that both sides need to address the economic dimension if progress is to be made. Hever rejects the premise that Israel... More Info

Israel and the clash of civilisations

Pluto Pr | January 20, 2008 | 204 pages
Argues that the current chaos in the Middle East was always the intention of the Bush administration and Israel.  More Info

Sylvia Pankhurst

Pluto Press | September 3, 2013 | 176 pages
Sylvia Pankhurst dedicated her life to fighting oppression and injustice. In this vivid biography Katherine Connelly charts Pankhurst's activism from her teens as a member of the Independent Labour Party, to her time as a leading suffragette before the First World War, through to her revolutionary... More Info

Salvador Allende

Pluto Press | August 13, 2013 | 176 pages
This is a political biography of one of the 20th Century's most emblematic left-wing figures - Salvador Allende, who was president of Chile until he was ousted by General Pinochet in a US-supported coup in 1973. Victor Figueroa Clark guides us through Allende's life and political project, answering... More Info

Final Solutions

Pluto Press | October 20, 2013 | 224 pages
Final Solutions offers a ground-breaking and genuinely unique analysis of modern genocide. Sabby Sagall draws on the insights of the Frankfurt school and Wilhelm Reich to create an innovative combination of Marxism and psychoanalysis. He argues that genocide is a product of an "irrational"... More Info

The Threat of Liberation

Pluto Press | September 24, 2013 | 168 pages
The Threat of Liberation focuses on the tumultuous years of the Cold War, when, in a striking parallel with today, imperialist powers were seeking to institute 'regime change' and install pliant governments. Using iconic photographs, declassified US and British documents, and in-depth interviews,... More Info

The Poverty of Capitalism

Pluto Press | October 22, 2013 | 224 pages
Capitalist growth is widely heralded as the only answer to the crisis still sweeping the global economy. Yet the era of corporate globalization has been defined by unprecedented levels of inequality and environmental degradation. A return to capitalist growth threatens to exacerbate these problems,... More Info

How America Gets Away With Murder

Pluto Press | July 20, 2004 | 320 pages
They call it "collateral damage," but legally and morally it is really mass murder. In Kosovo, America claimed its war was a "humanitarian intervention," in Afghanistan, "self-defense," and in Iraq, it claimed the authority of the Security Council of the United Nations. Yet each of these wars was... More Info

The Cancer Stage of Capitalism

Pluto Press | April 30, 1999 | 312 pages
In this classic work on the recent uncontrolled spread of global capitalism, Professor John McMurtry develops the model of a carcinogenic invasion of social and natural life and the social-immune response it demands.  More Info

To Live and Die in America

Pluto Press | February 12, 2013 | 200 pages
To Live and Die in America details how the United States has among the worst indicators of health in the industrialized world and at the same time spends significantly more on its health care system than any other industrial nation. Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson explain this contradictory... More Info

Nature for Sale

Pluto Press | June 4, 2013 | 152 pages
Nature for Sale uncovers the rich heritage of common ownership which existed before the dominance of capitalist property relations. Giovanna Ricoveri argues that the subsistence commons of the past can be reinvented today to provide an alternative to the current destructive economic order. Ricoveri... More Info

Green Politics in China

Pluto Press | July 16, 2013 | 200 pages
Based on interviews with members of grassroots organizations, media and government institutions, Green Politics in China provides an in-depth and engaging account of the novel ways in which Chinese society is responding to its environmental crisis, using examples rarely captured in Western media or... More Info

The Political Economy of NGOs

Pluto Pr | June 15, 2011 | 352 pages
Jude L. Fernando explores the paradoxical relationship between NGOs and state formation within the context of capitalism, showing that supposedly progressive organisations often promote essentially the same policies and ideas as existing governments.  More Info
$33.95

Peaceful resistance

Pluto Pr | December 15, 2009 | 219 pages
This book tells the remarkable story of Bierzeit University, one of Palestine's foremost educational institutions. When Dr. Gabi Baramki co-founded Birzeit's first degree program in 1972, he was determined to create a Palestinian national university despite Israel 's occupation. Democracy and... More Info
$32.95

The Discordant Development

Pluto Press (UK) | February 28, 2012 | 216 pages
What happens when a vast multinational mining company operates a gas plant situated close to four densely populated villages in rural Bangladesh? How does its presence contribute to local processes of development "? And what do corporate claims of community engagement " involve?  More Info

A Marxist History of the World

Pluto Press (UK) | April 9, 2013 | 360 pages
This magisterial analysis of human history - from "Lucy," the first hominid, to the Great Recession of 2008 - combines the insights of earlier generations of Marxist historians with radical new ideas about the historical process.Reading history against the grain, Neil Faulkner reveals that what... More Info

The Financial Crisis and the Global South

Pluto Press | April 23, 2013 | 208 pages
This book is a major contribution exploring the policy options available for Developing and Emerging Economies in response to the global economic crises.Written by a highly respected development economist, the book gives a clear-eyed account of the issues particular to these countries and... More Info

Biohackers

Pluto Press | May 7, 2013 | 176 pages
Biohackers explores fundamental changes occurring in the circulation and ownership of scientific information. Alessandro Delfanti argues that the combination of the ethos of 20th century science, the hacker movement and the free software movement is producing an open science culture which redefines... More Info

Inventing Africa

Pluto Pr | April 15, 2011 | 256 pages
Inventing Africa is a critical account of narratives which have selectively interpreted and misinterpreted the continent's deep past. Writers have created alluring images of lost cities, vast prehistoric migrations and golden ages of past civilizations. Debates continue on the African origins of... More Info

Contesting Publics

Pluto Press | February 5, 2013 | 200 pages
Through ethnographic cases and activists' narratives, Contesting Publics analyses the challenges feminists face as they seek to engage with new spaces of participatory democracy in Latin America.Lynne Phillips and Sally Cole analyze how new silences, exclusions and re-inscriptions of inequalities... More Info

The Anarchist Turn

Pluto Press | February 26, 2013 | 216 pages
The concept of anarchy is often presented as a recipe for pure disorder. The Anarchist Turn brings together innovative and fresh perspectives on anarchism to argue that in fact it represents a form of collective, truly democratic social organization. The book shows how in the last decade the... More Info

Power Beyond Scrutiny

Pluto Press | March 19, 2013 | 224 pages
Power Beyond Scrutiny uncovers the forces which distort and limit public debate in the media. From the misuse of politician's expenses to recent phone hacking scandals, establishment corruption has never been more in the headlines. Yet amidst the din of scandal, there have been seismic silences.... More Info

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