Books published by Pluto Press (UK)


A People's History of the Portuguese Revolution

Pluto Press (UK) | February 20, 2019 | 352 pages
On the 25th April 1974, a coup destroyed the ranks of Portugal's fascist Estado Novo government as the Portuguese people flooded the streets of Lisbon, placing red carnations in the barrels of guns and demanding a 'land for those who work in it'.This became the Carnation Revolution - an... More Info

The Digital Party

Pluto Press (UK) | July 20, 2018 | 240 pages
From the Five Star Movement to Podemos, from the Pirate Parties to La France Insoumise, from the movements behind Bernie Sanders to those backing Jeremy Corbyn, the last decade has witnessed the rise of a new blueprint for political organisation: the digital party.Paolo Gerbaudo addresses the... More Info

The Ebb of the Pink Tide

Pluto Press (UK) | September 20, 2018 | 208 pages
Following the election of Hugo Chavez to the Venezuelan presidency, and the Cochabamba water wars, Latin American politics were radicalised and their governments populated with former activists and trade union leaders. In this book, renowned Latin Americanist Mike Gonzalez explores the course of... More Info

New Borders

Pluto Press (UK) | November 20, 2018 | 144 pages
To many, a border is a geographical fact. But what happens when a border is subject to an emergency? Today, as millions are forced to migrate due to war, famine and political unrest, it is important to analyse how states use new bordering techniques to control populations.New Borders focuses on the... More Info

Voices of 1968

Pluto Press (UK) | October 15, 2018 | 320 pages
The year 1968 witnessed one of the great upheavals of the twentieth century, as social movements shook every continent. Across the Global North, people rebelled against post-war conformity and patriarchy, authoritarian education and factory work, imperialism and the Cold War. They took over... More Info

Unlocking Sustainable Cities

Pluto Press (UK) | October 20, 2018 | 176 pages
This book is a manifesto for real urban change. Today, our urban areas are held back by corporate greed, loss of public space and rising inequality.  More Info

A Radical History of the World

Pluto Press (UK) | September 15, 2018 | 512 pages
History is a weapon. The powerful have their version of events, the people have another. And if we understand how the past was forged, we arm ourselves to change the future.This is the history of the struggle and revolution of human society: of hominids, hunters and herders; of emperors and slaves;... More Info

Talking to North Korea

Pluto Press (UK) | July 20, 2018 | 320 pages
Despite recents attempts at 'negotiation', the attitudes of both Kim Jong-un's regime and the West seem unchanged. North Korea is still shrouded in mystery, and there are no clear plans for the future... Can we trust either side to bring about peace? And if so, how?This provocative insider's... More Info

The Rise of Nerd Politics

Pluto Press (UK) | October 20, 2017 | 240 pages
The irruption of WikiLeaks, Anonymous, Snowden and other tech-savvy actors onto the global political stage raises urgent questions about the impact of digital activism on political systems around the world.  More Info

Decolonizing the University

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2018 | 272 pages
In 2015, students at the University of Cape Town demanded the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, the imperialist, racist business magnate, from their campus. The battle cry '#RhodesMustFall' sparked an international movement calling for the decolonisation of the world's universities.Today, as... More Info

Burning Up

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2018 | 272 pages
Coal, gas and oil have been capitalism's main fuels since the industrial revolution. And yet, of all the fossil fuels ever consumed, more than half were burned in the last 50 years. Most alarming of all, fossil fuel consumption has grown fastest in the last three decades, since scientists confirmed... More Info

The Latino Question

Pluto Press (UK) | August 1, 2018 | 240 pages
While so many Latino/Chicano Americans struggle in pursuit of the 'American dream', while figures such as Donald Trump are accepted in mainstream politics, and scaremongering and paranoia is rife, the need for a vivid, empirically grounded study on Latino politics, culture and society has never... More Info

Understanding China

Pluto Press (UK) | May 20, 2018 | 288 pages
From fear and anxiety, to celebration, China's rise has provoked a variety of responses across the world. In light of this phenomenon, how are our understandings of China produced?From West to East, Mobo Gao interrogates knowledge production; rejecting the supposed objectivity of empirical... More Info


Pluto Press (UK) | June 20, 2018 | 320 pages
The Kurdish territory of Rojava in Syria has become a watchword for radical democracy, communalism and gender equality. But while Western radicals continue to project their own values onto the revolution, the complexities of the situation are often overlooked or misunderstood.Based on over 17 years... More Info

Outsourced Empire

Pluto Press (UK) | May 20, 2018 | 256 pages
Andrew Thomson rethinks the history of US imperialism, from the Cold War to today, to reveal how paramilitaries, militias, mercenaries, private armies, and contractors have always been central to US-sponsored insurgencies and US counterinsurgent statecraft.Examining a broad range of events from the... More Info

Postcolonial France

Pluto Press (UK) | May 20, 2018 | 224 pages
France is a bellwether for the postcolonial anxieties and populist politics emerging across the world today. This book explores the dynamics and dilemmas of the present moment of crisis and hope in France, through an exploration of recent moral panics.Taking stock of the tensions as they have... More Info

Cracks in the Wall

Pluto Press (UK) | May 14, 2018 | 224 pages
After decades of occupation and creeping annexation, the situation on the ground in Palestine/Israel can only be described as a system of apartheid. Peace efforts have failed because of one, inconvenient truth: the Israeli maximum on offer does not meet the Palestinian minimum, or the standards of... More Info

Class Matters

Pluto Press (UK) | May 14, 2018 | 224 pages
Social class remains a fundamental presence in British life in the twenty-first century. It is woven into the very fabric of social and political discourse, undiminished by the end of mass industry; unaugmented despite the ascendancy of 'ordinary working people' and other substitute phrases. Absent... More Info

Towards a Gay Communism

Pluto Press (UK) | May 14, 2018 | 320 pages
First published in Italian in 1977, Mario Mieli's groundbreaking book is an early landmark of revolutionary queer theory - now available for the first time in a complete and unabridged English translation.Among the most important works ever to address the relationship between homosexuality,... More Info

Shut Down the Business School

Pluto Press (UK) | May 20, 2018 | 224 pages
Business schools are institutions which, a decade after the financial crash, continue to act as loudspeakers for neoliberal capitalism with all its injustices and planetary consequences. In this lively and incendiary call to action, Martin Parker offers a simple message: shut down the business... More Info

Overripe Economy

Pluto Press (UK) | April 20, 2018 | 240 pages
From industrialisation to the present day, Overripe Economy is a genealogy of the emergence of a finance-ridden, authoritarian, austerity-plagued American capitalism.This panoramic political-economic history of the country, surveys the ruthlessly competitive capitalism of the nineteenth century,... More Info

The Last Earth

Pluto Press (UK) | August 19, 2019 | 280 pages
Spanning decades and encompassing war, mass exodus, epic migrations and the search for individual and collective identity, The Last Earth tells the story of modern Palestine through the memories of those who have lived it.Ordinary Palestinians have rarely narrated their own history. In this... More Info

Media Amnesia

Pluto Press (UK) | April 20, 2018 | 272 pages
From Donald Trump, to Brexit and the rise of nationalist populism across Europe, what role has the media played in shaping our current political moment?Following the news coverage of a decade-long crisis that includes the 2008 financial crash and the Great Recession, the UK deficit, the eurozone... More Info

Choke Points

Pluto Press (UK) | April 9, 2018 | 288 pages
Global capitalism is a precarious system. Relying on the steady flow of goods across the world, trans-national companies such as Wal-Mart and Amazon depend on the work of millions in docks, warehouses and logistics centres to keep their goods moving.This is the global supply chain, and, if the... More Info

Rosa Luxemburg and the Struggle for Democratic Renewal

Pluto Press (UK) | April 20, 2018 | 208 pages
What can contemporary activists and political theorists learn from the life and work of Rosa Luxemburg? Examining her contribution to radical democracy and revolutionary socialism, Jon Nixon shows why Red Rosa's legacy lives on.Luxemburg's political and intellectual formation was in itself a 'long... More Info

Managerial Capitalism

Pluto Press (UK) | March 12, 2018 | 272 pages
The debate around growing inequality is raging amongst economists, and Marxists are finding new ways to map-out the modern economy. Managerial Capitalism introduces a new way of understanding the changing structure of our economy through the emergence and behaviour of a new class - managers.In the... More Info

A Party with Socialists in It

Pluto Press (UK) | February 12, 2018 | 288 pages
For over a hundred years, the British Labour Party has been a bastion for working class organisation and struggle. However, has it ever truly been on the side of the workers? Where do its interests really lie? And can we rely on it to provide a barrier against right-wing forces? By looking into its... More Info

What's Wrong with Rights?

Pluto Press (UK) | January 11, 2018 | 216 pages
Through mapping the rights discourse and the transformations in transnational finance capitalism since the world wars, and interrogating the connections between the two, Radha D'Souza examines contemporary rights in theory and practice through the lens of the struggles of the people of the Third... More Info

Small Is Necessary

Pluto Press (UK) | January 11, 2018 | 320 pages
Does small mean less? Not necessarily. In an era of housing crises, environmental unsustainability and social fragmentation, the need for more sociable, affordable and sustainable housing is vital. The answer? Shared living - from joint households to land-sharing, cohousing and ecovillages.Using... More Info

Hope Lies in the Proles

Pluto Press (UK) | March 12, 2018 | 208 pages
George Orwell was one of the most significant literary figures on the left in the twentieth century. While titles such as 1984, Animal Farm and Homage to Catalonia are still rightly regarded as modern classics, his own politics are less well understood.Hope Lies in the Proles offers a sympathetic... More Info

Digital Demagogue

Pluto Press (UK) | February 12, 2018 | 336 pages
From 'Covfefe' to #FraudNewsCNN and #FakeNews, Donald Trump's tweets have caused an international frenzy. He is a reality TV and Twitter-President, who uses digital and entertainment culture as an ideological weapon - as an expression of his authoritarianism.This book delves into new... More Info

Under the Cover of Chaos

Pluto Press (UK) | August 19, 2019 | 192 pages
Are Donald Trump's irrationality, cruelty, and bombast symptoms of his personality? Is the chaos surrounding him a sign of his incompetence? Are his populism, illiberalism and nationalism just cynical appeals to existing feelings of abandonment, resentment and rage?Lawrence Grossberg shows that the... More Info

Burning Country

Pluto Press (UK) | February 12, 2018 | 320 pages
*Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2017*In 2011, many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to demand the overthrow of the government of Bashar al-Assad.  More Info

'A Certain Amount of Madness'

Pluto Press (UK) | March 20, 2018 | 400 pages
Thomas Sankara was one of Africa's most important anti-imperialist leaders of the late 20th Century. His declaration that fundamental socio-political change would require a 'certain amount of madness' drove the Burkinabe Revolution and resurfaced in the country's popular uprising in 2014.This book... More Info

Making Workers

Pluto Press (UK) | September 20, 2017 | 176 pages
As capitalism sinks its logic ever deeper into the organisation of society, so too is its impact felt in the field of education. Katharyne Mitchell argues that as capitalist logic seeps into every aspect of education, so it imprints itself deep into the psyche of children. Education, in a context... More Info

Wobblies of the World

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 320 pages
Founded in 1905, Chicago's Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a union unlike any other. With members affectionately called "Wobblies" and an evolutionary and internationalist philosophy and tactics, it rapidly grew across the world. Considering the history of the IWW from an international... More Info


Pluto Press (UK) | May 20, 2017 | 216 pages
Brazil is the world's sixth largest economy, has played a key role as one of the 'pink wave' administrations in Latin America, and was also responsible for wrecking the US-sponsored proposal for a Free Trade Area of the Americas.  More Info

Mapping Social Reproduction Theory

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 256 pages
This groundbreaking collection explores the profound power of Social Reproduction Theory to deepen our understanding of everyday life under capitalism.  More Info

The Death of Homo Economicus

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 320 pages
In today's workplaces we work harder and longer, labouring under the illusion that this will bring us more wealth. As this myth becomes increasingly preposterous, it's time to understand why we believe in it, and where it came from.The Death of Homo Economicus explores the origin of this oppressive... More Info

Elinor Ostrom's Rules for Radicals

Pluto Press (UK) | August 20, 2017 | 160 pages
Elinor Ostrom was both a groundbreaking thinker and one of the foremost economists of our age. The first and only woman to win the Nobel Prize for Economics, her revolutionary theorizing of the commons opened the way for non-capitalist economic alternatives on a massive scale. And yet,... More Info

Reclaiming the State

Pluto Press (UK) | September 15, 2017 | 320 pages
The crisis of the neoliberal order has resuscitated a political idea widely believed to be consigned to the dustbin of history. Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the neo-nationalist, anti-globalisation and anti-establishment backlash engulfing the West all involve a yearning for a relic of... More Info

The Islamophobia Industry

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 336 pages
This is a disturbing account of the campaign to promote fear and hatred of Muslims in the United States and Europe, from the 'War on Terror' to Trump's travel ban. Nathan Lean takes us through a world of conservative bloggers, right-wing talk show hosts, evangelical religious leaders and... More Info

Red International and Black Caribbean

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 320 pages
This is the history of the black radicals who organised as Communists between the two imperialist wars of the twentieth century.  More Info

The Privatisation of Israeli Security

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 256 pages
Between 1994-2014, Israel's security service was transformed, becoming one of the most extreme examples of privatised security in the world. This book is an investigation into this period and the conditions that created 'Occupation Inc.': the institution of a private military-security-industrial... More Info

A Theory of Isis

Pluto Press (UK) | November 7, 2017 | 272 pages
In the course of a few years, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria--more commonly known as ISIS--has become classified as the most dangerous terrorist organization in the world. It is the subject of intense Western scrutiny, demonized by all, and shrouded in numerous myths and narratives. Against... More Info

The Message Is Murder

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 224 pages
Written as a wake-up call to the field of media studies, The Message is Murder analyses the violence bound up in the everyday functions of digital media.  More Info

The Palestine-Israel Conflict

Pluto Press (UK) | July 10, 2017 | 304 pages
The Palestine-Israel conflict is the most notorious and ingrained conflict in living memory. Yet the way it is reported in the media is often confusing, leading many to falsely assume the hostilities stretch continuously back to an ancient period.The Palestine-Israel Conflict provides a balanced,... More Info

Man-Made Woman

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 224 pages
On July 27th, 2015, Colin Cremin overcame a lifetime of fear and repression and came to work dressed as a woman called Ciara. This book charts her personal journey as a male-to-female cross-dresser in the ever-changing world of gender politics.Interweaving the personal and the political, through... More Info

In Their Place

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 176 pages
This book critiques how impoverished communities are represented by politicians, the media, academics and policy makers - and how our understanding of these neighbourhoods is, often misleadingly, shaped by these stories.The alleged behavioural failings of 'poor people' have attracted a great deal... More Info


Pluto Press (UK) | April 15, 2017 | 224 pages
Capitalist crises do not begin within art, but, as Gregory Sholette argues in Delirium and Resistance, art can reflect and amplify their ideas. In this follow-up to his influential 2010 book, Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, Sholette engages in critical dialogue with... More Info