Books published by Pluto Press (UK)

On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements

Pluto Press (UK) | February 15, 2017 | 480 pages
Spanning several decades, Ella Shohat's work has introduced conceptual frameworks that fundamentally challenged conventional understandings of Palestine, Zionism and the Middle East, focusing on the pivotal figure of the Arab-Jew. This book gathers together her most influential political essays,... More Info

Ante-Matter

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

Include Me Out

Pluto Press (UK) | May 20, 2017 | 320 pages
'Belonging' is both a fundamental human emotion and a political project that affects millions. Since its foundation in 1957, the European Union has encouraged people across its member states to feel a sense of belonging to one united community, with mixed results.  More Info

What Is Islamophobia?

Pluto Press (UK) | June 15, 2017 | 240 pages
As anti-Muslim undercurrents in the United States and other western societies become increasingly entrenched, the phenomenon of Islamophobia--and the need to understand what perpetuates it--has never been greater. Critiquing mainstream, conservative, and notionally left arguments, What Is... More Info

The Violence of Austerity

Pluto Press (UK) | May 15, 2017 | 256 pages
Austerity, a response to the aftermath of the financial crisis, continues to devastate contemporary Britain.In The Violence of Austerity, Vickie Cooper and David Whyte bring together the voices of campaigners and academics including Danny Dorling, Mary O'Hara and Rizwaan Sabir to show that rather... More Info

Palestine's Horizon

Pluto Press (UK) | March 3, 2017 | 176 pages
Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine (2008-2014), has dedicated much of his life to the study of the Israel/Palestine conflict. In Palestine's Horizon, he brings his experiences to bear on one of the most controversial issues of our times.This book explores the intricacies and... More Info

Sound System

Pluto Press (UK) | March 2, 2017 | 224 pages
Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground grime artists to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions - and to prop up the status-quo.Sound... More Info

The Unchosen

Pluto Press (UK) | March 3, 2017 | 288 pages
Drawing on a decade of pioneering reporting, Mya Guarnieri Jaradat brings us an unprecedented and compelling look at the lives of asylum seekers and migrant workers in Israel, who hail mainly from Africa and Asia. From illegal kindergartens to anti-immigrant rallies, from detention centers to... More Info

For Humanism

Pluto Press (UK) | February 13, 2017 | 240 pages
Today, anti-humanism is a dominant, even definitive, feature of contemporary theory. This book sets out to challenge this by establishing the historical context that resulted in humanism s eclipse, critiquing anti-humanism, and exploring alternative, neglected traditions and possible new... More Info

A People's History of the Russian Revolution

Pluto Press (UK) | January 11, 2017 | 304 pages
The Russian Revolution may well be the most misunderstood event in modern history. In A People's History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths. In this fast-paced introduction to the tumultuous events, the Russian people are the heroes. Faulkner shows how a mass... More Info

Reading 'Capital' Today

Pluto Press (UK) | April 15, 2017 | 272 pages
Recent years have seen a surge of interest in Marxian political economy, particularly evident by the resurgence of readers picking up Marx's most famous work, Capital. Now 150 years after its original publication, there are still fresh interpretations of Capital that can help readers find new... More Info

The Communist Manifesto

Pluto Press (UK) | January 20, 2017 | 176 pages
'Workers of the world, Unite!'The Communist Manifesto is arguably the world's most influential political manuscript.  More Info

Revolutionary Learning

Pluto Press (UK) | February 15, 2017 | 160 pages
Going beyond previous books on Marxism and education, Revolutionary Learning is a groundbreaking collection of essays exploring the Marxist and feminist theories of education and learning. Scholar-activists Sara Carpenter and Sharazad Mojab closely examine the core philosophical concepts behind... More Info
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Naija Marxisms

Pluto Press (UK) | July 6, 2016 | 248 pages
Since the 1940s, Marxist thought has developed considerably in Nigeria. Long gone are the days when Marxism meant imported pamphlets and a rootless foreign ideology. The history of "Naija" or Nigerian Marxism is also that of the country's labor movement, its feminist movement, its social thought,... More Info
$38.95

Egypt

Pluto Press (UK) | June 15, 2016 | 240 pages
The tumultuous events that began in Egypt in 2011 have embraced revolution and counter-revolution. For Philip Marfleet they are best understood as part of a complex, ongoing process in which millions of people have become agents of change.Amidst a surge of publishing on the 'Arab Spring' this book... More Info

A People's History of Modern Europe

Pluto Press (UK) | April 15, 2016 | 256 pages
From the monarchical terror of the Middle Ages to the mangled Europe of the twenty-first century, A People's History of Modern Europe tracks the history of the continent through the deeds of those whom mainstream history tries to forget.Europe provided the perfect conditions for a great number of... More Info

Paul Robeson

Pluto Press (UK) | January 11, 2016 | 256 pages
A world-famous singer and actor, a trained lawyer, an early star of American professional football and a polyglot who spoke over a dozen languages.  More Info

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 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
$35.95

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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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
$35.95

The Global Hunger Crisis

Pluto Press (UK) | March 5, 2013 | 272 pages
Millions across the world face the daily challenge to find enough food to survive. Hunger is on the rise globally with more than 1.2 billion people suffering from food insecurity. Rising prices are further restricting food access.In this deeply informative study, Majda Bne Saad identifies the... More Info

Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban

Pluto Press (UK) | May 15, 2011 | 272 pages
Examines the new generation of Al-Qaeda leaders, explains the wider aims of both organizations, and provides an analysis of major terrorist incidents.  More Info

The Scramble for African Oil

Pluto Press (UK) | January 15, 2012 | 256 pages
Africa is often seen as a place to be pitied or feared as an area of instability. This book challenges these complacent assumptions, showing how our demand for oil contributes to the chronic problems plaguing the continent. Douglas A. Yates shows how the "scramble" by the great powers for African... More Info

Bolivia

Pluto Press (UK) | April 15, 2012 | 237 pages
The election of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) (movement towards socialism) to power in Bolivia in 2006 marked a historic break from centuries of foreign domination and indigenous marginalization. Evo Morales, leader of the MAS, became the first indigenous President of Bolivia. Kepa Artaraz... More Info

From Palestine to Israel

Pluto Press (UK) | November 15, 2011 | 240 pages
In this carefully curated and beautifully presented photobook, Ariella Azoulay offers a new perspective on four crucial years in the history of Palestine/Israel.The book reconstructs the processes by which the Palestinian majority in Mandatory Palestine became a minority in Israel, while the Jewish... More Info

Leila Khaled

Pluto Press (UK) | May 22, 2012 | 176 pages
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Life Without Money

Pluto Press (UK) | November 15, 2011 | 256 pages
The money-based global economy is failing. The credit crunch undermined capitalism's ability to ensure rising incomes and prosperity while market-led attempts to combat climate change are fought tooth and nail by business as environmental crises continue. We urgently need to combat those who say... More Info

The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State

Pluto Press (UK) | December 15, 2011 | 240 pages
In an age of government imposed austerity, and after 30 years of neo-liberal restructuring, the future of the welfare state looks increasingly uncertain. Asbjørn Wahl offers an accessible analysis of the situation across Europe, identifies the most important challenges, and presents practical... More Info

The Accidental Capitalist

Pluto Press (UK) | March 15, 2012 | 256 pages
In the last three decades China has experienced the largest population movement in human history. Millions have left behind homes to find work and new opportunities in the emerging mega-cities. Through months of sustained interpersonal contact with migrant workers and factory owners Behzad... More Info

Eradicating Extreme Poverty

Pluto Press (UK) | February 15, 2012 | 288 pages
The failure of attempts to tackle global poverty have bred cynicism and "compassion fatigue." Eradicating Extreme Poverty provides an urgently needed fresh approach which will re-energize action on this issue. Rejecting traditional "top-down" approaches, Xavier Godinot starts from the experiences,... More Info

Obama's Economy

Pluto Press (UK) | April 15, 2012 | 176 pages
Three years after his election, Barack Obama presides over a deep economic malaise. Radical economist Jack Rasmus shows how the Obama administration has failed to deliver economic recovery and social justice and puts forward alternative proposals which could realize these goals. While corporate... More Info

The Afghan Solution

Pluto Press (UK) | October 15, 2011 | 368 pages
October 7, 2011 marked the tenth anniversary of the start of the Afghan war, and this explosive book exposes how the West lost it's chance to rout the Taliban and stabilize Afghanistan. In late 2001, a group of Afghan tribal leaders met to plan how to topple the Taliban. Within weeks, the plan was... More Info

Flammable Societies

Pluto Press (UK) | February 15, 2012 | 336 pages
The impact of the oil and gas industry - paradoxically seen both as a blessing and a curse on socio-economic development - is a question at the heart of the comparative studies in this volume, stretching from Northern Europe to the Caucasus, the Gulf of Guinea to Latin America. Britain's... More Info

Decent Capitalism

Pluto Press (UK) | April 15, 2011 | 256 pages
The recent crisis, created by finance capitalism, has brought us to the economic abyss. The excessive freedom of international markets has rapidly transformed into international panic, with states struggling to rescue and bail out a globalized financial sector. Reform is promised by our leaders,... More Info

Herbert Marcuse

Pluto Press (UK) | January 15, 2012 | 208 pages
When capitalism is clearly catastrophically out of control and its excesses cannot be sustained socially or ecologically, the ideas of Herbert Marcuse become as relevant as they were in the 1960s. This is the first English introduction to Marcuse to be published for decades, and it deals... More Info

Understanding Al Qaeda

Pluto Press (UK) | June 15, 2011 | 192 pages
This book controversially argues that Al Qaeda has clear aims, and that the only way to defeat it is to engage with its arguments in a serious way. Since the publication of the first edition in 2006, Mohamedou has brought the text right up-to-date. Starting with Al Qaeda's creation almost twenty... More Info

A 'Toxic Genre'

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2011 | 224 pages
Over the last five years, a cycle of films has emerged addressing the ongoing Iraq conflict. Some became well-known and one of them, The Hurt Locker, won a string of Oscars. But many others disappeared into obscurity. What is it about these films that led Variety to dub them a "toxic genre"?Martin... More Info

Pakistan

Pluto Press (UK) | February 15, 2012 | 288 pages
The killing of Osama bin Laden highlighted the tense relationship between the US and Pakistani governments. This book considers the evolving nature of this relationship and Pakistan's place within the global order. Whereas standard accounts focus on the US-Pakistan relationship in isolation,... More Info

The Best of Le Monde Diplomatique 2012

Pluto Press (UK) | March 15, 2012 | 256 pages
Le Monde diplomatique is one of the most highly respected independent newspapers. Published monthly in French and English, it brings together a diverse range of high-calibre writers from across the world. This book collects the paper's highlights from 2011/2012. The articles have been carefully... More Info