Books published by Polity

Defiant Earth

Polity | May 22, 2017 | 200 pages
Humans have become so powerful that we have disrupted the functioning of the Earth System as a whole, bringing on a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – one in which the serene and clement conditions that allowed civilisation to flourish are disappearing and we quail before 'the wakened... More Info

Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?

Polity | May 1, 2017 | 140 pages
The Great Financial Crash had cataclysmic effects on the global economy, and took conventional economists completely by surprise. Many leading commentators declared shortly before the crisis that the magical recipe for eternal stability had been found. Less than a year later, the biggest economic... More Info

Will the Internet Fragment?

Polity | May 22, 2017 | 140 pages
The Internet has united the world as never before. But is it in danger of breaking apart? Cybersecurity, geopolitical tensions, and calls for data sovereignty have made many believe that the Internet is fragmenting. In this incisive new book, Milton Mueller argues that the “fragmentation”... More Info

The True Life

Polity | April 10, 2017 | 80 pages
'I'm 79 years old. So why on earth should I concern myself with speaking about youth?' This is the question with which renowned French philosopher Alain Badiou begins his passionate plea to the young. Today young people, at least in the West, are on the brink of a new world. With the decline of old... More Info

The World After GDP

Polity | March 27, 2017 | 240 pages
GDP is supposed to be the supreme measure of growth and progress worldwide. Yet the financial crisis, the depletion of non-renewable energy resources and climate change show that it is fundamentally flawed. While the end of GDP may sound like a nightmare to staunch defenders of neoliberal... More Info

Will China Dominate the 21st Century?

Polity | March 27, 2017 | 144 pages
China's spectacular growth and expanding global role have led to visions of the 21st century being dominated by the last major state on earth ruled by a Communist Party. In this new edition of his widely acclaimed book, renowned China expert Jonathan Fenby shows why such assumptions are wrong. He... More Info

Can The Internet Strengthen Democracy?

Polity | May 1, 2017 | 144 pages
From its inception as a public communication network, the Internet was regarded by many people as a potential means of escaping from the stranglehold of top-down, stage-managed politics. If hundreds of millions of people could be the producers as well as receivers of political messages, could that... More Info

What Journalism Could Be

Polity | January 10, 2017 | 256 pages
What Journalism Could Be asks readers to re-imagine the news by embracing a conceptual prism long championed by one of journalism’s leading contemporary scholars. A former reporter, media critic and academic, Barbie Zelizer charts a singular journey through journalism’s complicated contours,... More Info

Foucault

Polity | March 13, 2017 | 240 pages
Michel Foucault?s The Archaeology of Knowledge was published in March 1969; Discipline and Punish in February 1975. Although only six years apart, the difference in tone is stark: the former is a methodological treatise, the latter a call to arms. What accounts for the radical shift in Foucault?s... More Info

Marx and Foucault

Polity | February 13, 2017 | 220 pages
This the first of a new three-part series in which Antonio Negri, a leading political thinker of our time, explores key ideas that have animated radical thought and examines some of the social and economic forces that are shaping our world today. In this first volume Negri shows how the thinking of... More Info

Is Racism an Environmental Threat?

Polity | May 30, 2017 | 140 pages
The ecological crisis is the most overwhelming to have ever faced humanity and its consequences permeate every domain of life. This trenchant book examines its relation to Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today, showing how both share roots in domination, colonialism, and the logics of... More Info

The Metamorphosis of the World

Polity | April 10, 2017 | 240 pages
We live in a world that is increasingly difficult to understand. It is not just changing: it is metamorphosing. Change implies that some things change but other things remain the same capitalism changes, but some aspects of capitalism remain as they always were. Metamorphosis implies a much more... More Info

Cities in Global Capitalism

Polity | March 13, 2017 | 176 pages
In what ways are cities central to the evolution of contemporary global capitalism? And in what ways is global capitalism forged by the urban experience? This book provides a response to these questions, exploring the multifaceted dimensions of the city-capitalism nexus. Drawing on a wide range of... More Info

Che, My Brother

Polity | May 22, 2017 | 240 pages
On 9 October 1967, Ernesto Che Guevara, Marxist guerrilla leader and hero of the Cuban Revolution, was captured and executed by Bolivian forces. When the Guevara family learned from the front pages that Che was dead, they decided to say nothing. Fifty years on, his younger brother, Juan Martin,... More Info

An Introduction to Dialectics

Polity | April 3, 2017 | 336 pages
This volume comprises Adorno?s first lectures specifically dedicated to the subject of the dialectic, a concept which has been key to philosophical debate since classical times. While discussing connections with Plato and Kant, Adorno concentrates on the most systematic development of the dialectic... More Info

Another Economy is Possible

Polity | April 10, 2017 | 224 pages
Throughout the Western world, governments and financial elites responded to the financial crisis of 2008 by trying to restore the conditions of business as usual, but the economic, social and human damage inflicted by the crisis has given rise to a reconsideration of the inevitability of unfettered... More Info

Retrotopia

Polity | March 13, 2017 | 180 pages
We have long since lost our faith in the idea that human beings could achieve human happiness in some future ideal state ? a state that Thomas More, writing five centuries ago, tied to a topos, a fixed place, a land, an island, a sovereign state under a wise and benevolent ruler. But while we have... More Info

The Idea of Socialism

Polity | November 30, 2016 | 216 pages
The idea of socialism has given normative grounding and orientation to the outrage over capitalism for more than 150 years, and yet today it seems to have lost much of its appeal. Despite growing discontent, many would hesitate to invoke socialism when it comes to envisioning life beyond... More Info

The Ecology of Attention

Polity | January 10, 2017 | 220 pages
Information overload, the shallows, weapons of mass distraction, the googlization of minds: countless commentators condemn the flood of images and information that dooms us to a pathological attention deficit. In this new book, cultural theorist Yves Citton goes against the tide of these standard... More Info
$26.95

Bioethics

Polity | January 10, 2017 | 272 pages
This book provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to contemporary bioethics. It also presents provocative, philosophically informed arguments on current bioethical issues. Holland engages with debates ranging from the more familiar - such as euthanasia, advance decisions to refuse... More Info

Platform Capitalism

Polity | November 21, 2016 | 120 pages
What unites Google and Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, Siemens and GE, Uber and Airbnb? Across a wide range of sectors, these firms are transforming themselves into platforms: businesses that provide the hardware and software foundation for others to operate on. This transformation signals a major... More Info
$26.95

Indigenous Peoples and Colonialism

Polity | January 4, 2017 | 248 pages
Indigenous peoples have gained increasing international visibility in their fight against longstanding colonial occupation and domination by nation states. Although living in different locations around the world and practising highly varied ways of life, indigenous peoples nonetheless are affected... More Info
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Ordinary Organisations

Polity | November 21, 2016 | 300 pages
99% of all Jewish killings during the Holocaust were carried out by members of state organizations. In this groundbreaking book, Stefan Kühl offers a new analysis of the integral role that membership of organizations played in facilitating the annihilation of European Jews under the Nazis. Drawing... More Info
$27.95

Culture in Networks

Polity | November 30, 2016 | 264 pages
Today, interest in networks is growing by leaps and bounds, in both scientific discourse and popular culture. Networks are thought to be everywhere ? from the architecture of our brains to global transportation systems. And networks are especially ubiquitous in the social world: they provide us... More Info
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The Mediated Construction of Reality

Polity | January 4, 2017 | 256 pages
Social theory needs to be completely rethought in a world of digital media and social media platforms driven by data processes. Fifty years after Berger and Luckmann published their classic text The Social Construction of Reality, two leading sociologists of media, Nick Couldry and Andreas Hepp,... More Info
$24.95

Seeing Like a City

Polity | January 10, 2017 | 216 pages
Seeing like a city means recognizing that cities are living things made up of a tangle of networks, built up from the agency of countless actors. Cities must not be considered as expressions of larger paradigms or sites of human effort and organization alone. Within their density, size and sprawl... More Info
$31.95

Celebrity

Polity | November 30, 2016 | 216 pages
It is a truism to suggest that celebrity pervades all areas of life today. The growth and expansion of celebrity culture in recent years has been accompanied by an explosion of studies of the social function of celebrity and investigations into the fascination of specific celebrities. And yet... More Info

Black

Polity | November 30, 2016 | 80 pages
Who has not had the frightening experience of stumbling around in the pitch black? As a child, Alain Badiou went through it when he, along with friends, made up a game called “On the stroke of midnight.” The furtive discovery of the dark continent of sex in banned magazines, the beauty of black... More Info
$21.95

Anxiety

Polity | April 25, 2016 | 368 pages
Jacques Lacan is widely recognized as a key figure in the history of psychoanalysis and one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th Century. In Anxiety, now available paperback, he explores the nature of anxiety, suggesting that it is not nostalgia for the object that causes anxiety but rather... More Info
$15.95

Strangers at Our Door

Polity | May 31, 2016 | 120 pages
Refugees from the violence of wars and the brutality of famished lives have knocked on other people's doors since the beginning of time. For the people behind the doors, these uninvited guests were always strangers, and strangers tend to generate fear and anxiety precisely because they are unknown.... More Info
$29.95

Between Quran and Kafka

Polity | October 17, 2016 | 300 pages
What connects Shiite passion plays with Brecht’s drama? Which of Goethe’s poems were inspired by the Quran? How can Ibn Arabi’s theology of sighs explain the plays of Heinrich von Kleist? And why did the Persian author Sadeq Hedayat identify with the Prague Jew Franz Kafka? ‘One who knows... More Info
$23.95

Violence and Islam

By Adonis
Polity | September 13, 2016 | 180 pages
Adonis? influence on Arabic literature has been likened to that of T. S. Eliot in the English-speaking world. Yet alongside this spearheading of a modernist literary revolution, the secular Syrian-born poet is also renowned for his persistent and staunch attacks on despotism across the Arab world.... More Info
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Beyond Bourdieu

Polity | October 31, 2016 | 176 pages
Pierre Bourdieu is arguably the most influential sociologist of the twentieth century, especially since the once common criticisms of his determinism and reproductionism have receded.  More Info

Terrorism

Polity | October 10, 2016 | 378 pages
We live in an era dominated by terrorism but struggle to understand its meaning and the real nature of the threat. In this new edition of his widely acclaimed survey of the topic, Randall Law makes sense of the history of terrorism by examining it within its broad political, religious and social... More Info

Agamben

Polity | February 15, 2016 | 224 pages
Until recently, ï¿1⁄2continentalï¿1⁄2 philosophy has been tied either to the German tradition of phenomenology or to French post-structuralist concerns with the conditions of language and textuality. Giorgio Agamben draws upon and departs from both these lines of thought by directing his... More Info

Food

Polity | July 25, 2017 | 218 pages
Food is one of the most basic resources that humans need for daily survival. Forty percent of the world’s population gains a livelihood from agriculture and we all consume food. Yet control over this fundamental resource is concentrated in relatively few hands. The 2008 food price crisis... More Info

The Future of Whiteness

Polity | July 20, 2015 | 200 pages
White identity is in ferment. White, European Americans living in the United States will soon share an unprecedented experience of slipping below 50% of the population. The impending demographic shifts are already felt in most urban centers and the effect is a national backlash of hyper-mobilized... More Info

The Making of Law

Polity | December 30, 2009 | 280 pages
In this book, Bruno Latour pursues his ethnographic inquiries into the different value systems of modern societies. After science, technology, religion, art, it is now law that is being studied by using the same comparative ethnographic methods. The case study is the daily practice of one of the... More Info

Practices of Selfhood

Polity | May 4, 2015 | 180 pages
Contemporary understanding of human subjectivity has come a long way since the Cartesian 'thinking thing' or Freud's view of the self struggling with its unconscious. We no longer think of ourselves as stable and indivisible units or combinations thereof - instead, we see the self as constantly... More Info

Phenomenology

Polity | July 13, 2015 | 224 pages
This comprehensive new book introduces the core history of phenomenology and assesses its relevance to contemporary psychology, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science. From critiques of artificial intelligence research programs to ongoing work on embodiment and enactivism, the authors trace how... More Info

Why the World Does Not Exist

Polity | July 7, 2015 | 200 pages
Where do we come from? Are we merely a cluster of elementary particles in a gigantic world receptacle? And what does it all mean? In this highly original new book, the philosopher Markus Gabriel challenges our notion of what exists and what it means to exist. He questions the idea that there is a... More Info

Freedom to fail

Polity | June 22, 2015 | 104 pages
Martin Heidegger is widely regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth-century, and his seminal text Being and Time is considered one of the most significant texts in contemporary philosophy. Yet his name has also been mired in controversy because of his affiliations with... More Info

The Sociology of Work

Polity | April 27, 2015 | 472 pages
This leading, authoritative textbook has been carefully and substantially revised to provide the indispensable foundational resource for the sociology of work. The fourth edition has been transformed to combine unrivalled explanations of classic theories with the most cutting-edge research, data... More Info

Environmental Philosophy

Polity | April 27, 2015 | 240 pages
Climate change, habitat loss, rising extinction rates - such problems call for more than just new policies and practices. They raise fundamental questions about the world and our place in it. What, for instance, is the natural world? Do we humans belong to it? Which parts of it are we morally... More Info

Axel Honneth

Polity | March 2, 2015 | 240 pages
With his insightful and wide-ranging theory of recognition, Axel Honneth has decisively reshaped the Frankfurt School tradition of critical social theory. Combining insights from philosophy, sociology, psychology, history, political economy, and cultural critique, Honneth’s work proposes nothing... More Info

Media and Politics in a Globalizing World

Polity | March 9, 2015 | 256 pages
Globalization and technological advances have had a dramatic impact on the relationship between media and politics. How can we understand the connection between the two in the present day? Alexa Robertson argues that we cannot understand the power of the one without taking the other into account.... More Info

On Love

Polity | May 20, 2013 | 200 pages
All the great ideals that gave life meaning in earlier societies - God, the nation, revolution, freedom, democracy - are in disarray today, questioned by many and rejected by those who have lost faith in them. But there is another value, rooted in the birth of the modern family and in the passage... More Info

China's Coming War with Asia

Polity | April 27, 2015 | 176 pages
Asia is set for another great power war. As China’s influence spreads beyond its territorial borders and its global aspirations gain momentum so tensions with its neighbors are reaching breaking point. In this clear-sighted book, Jonathan Holslag debunks the myth of China’s peaceful rise,... More Info
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Critical Approaches to International Security

Polity | March 9, 2015 | 320 pages
During the Cold War the concept of international security was understood in military terms as the threat or use of force by states. The end of EastÐWest hostilities, however, brought ‘critical’ perspectives to the fore as scholars sought to explain the emergence of new challenges to... More Info

Deleuze

Polity | February 20, 2007 | 200 pages
This book provides a clear and concise introduction to the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. It analyses his key theoretical concepts, such as difference and the body without organs, and covers all the different areas of his thought, including metaphysics, the history of philosophy, psychoanalysis,... More Info

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