Books published by Polity

Stupidity and Knowledge in the 21st Century

Polity | February 9, 2015 | 200 pages
In 1944 Horkheimer and Adorno warned that industrial society turns reason into rationalization, and Polanyi warned of the dangers of the self-regulating market, but today, argues Stiegler, this regression of reason has led to societies dominated by unreason, stupidity and madness. However,... More Info
$21.95

The Wellness Syndrome

Polity | February 9, 2015 | 200 pages
Not exercising as much as you should? Counting your calories in your sleep? Feeling ashamed for not being happier? You may be a victim of the wellness syndrome. In this ground-breaking new book, Carl Cederstr?m and Andr? Spicer argue that the ever-present pressure to maximize our wellness has... More Info

God is Beautiful

Polity | January 20, 2015 | 400 pages
The melodious recitation of the Quran is a fundamental aesthetic experience for Muslims, and the start of a compelling journey of ideas. In this important new book, the prominent German writer and Islamic scholar Navid Kermani considers the manner in which the Quran has been perceived, apprehended... More Info
$13.95

Turbulent and Mighty Continent

Polity | February 2, 2015 | 224 pages
Winner of the 2014 European Book Prize. A "United States of Europe", Winston Churchill proposed in 1946, could "as if by a miracle transform" that "turbulent and mighty continent". "In this way only", he continued, "will hundreds of millions of toilers be able to regain the simple joys and hopes... More Info

Understanding Nonviolence

Polity | January 20, 2015 | 304 pages
The use of nonviolent action is on the rise. From the Occupy Movement to the Arab Spring and mass protests on the streets of Brazil, activists across the world are increasingly using unarmed tactics to challenge oppressive, corrupt and unjust systems. But what exactly do we mean by nonviolence? How... More Info

War Crimes, Atrocity and Justice

Polity | December 31, 2014 | 240 pages
What do we know about war crimes and justice? What are the discursive practices through which the dominant images of war crimes, atrocity and justice are understood? In this wide ranging text, Michael J. Shapiro contrasts the justice-related imagery of the war crimes trial (for example the... More Info

Truth

Polity | December 22, 2014 | 224 pages
What is truth? Is there anything that all truths have in common that makes them true rather than false? Is truth independent of human thought, or does it depend in some way on what we believe or what we would be justified in believing? In what sense, if any, is it better for beliefs or statements... More Info

The Sociology of Human Rights

Polity | December 31, 2014 | 216 pages
Long the arena of philosophers, legal scholars, and political scientists, the interdisciplinary study of human rights has recently seen an influx of sociologists. Why is this so, and how do sociologists contribute to our understanding of human rights in the contemporary world? In this landmark new... More Info
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Organizational Discourse

Polity | January 12, 2015 | 224 pages
How can we study organizations from a discursive perspective? What are the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of each perspective on organizational discourse? To what extent do discourse and communication constitute the organizational world? This accessible book addresses these questions by... More Info

Irrationality

Polity | November 24, 2014 | 200 pages
We talk about irrationality when behaviour defies explanation or prediction, when decisions are driven by emotions or instinct rather than by reflection, when reasoning fails to conform to basic principles of logic and probability, and when beliefs lack coherence or empirical support. Depending on... More Info

On the State

Polity | January 20, 2015 | 480 pages
What is the nature of the modern state? How did it come into being and what are the characteristics of this distinctive field of power that has come to play such a central role in the shaping of all spheres of social, political and economic life? In this major work the great sociologist Pierre... More Info

Collateral Damage

Polity | June 28, 2011 | 224 pages
The term 'collateral damage' has recently been added to the vocabulary of military forces to refer to the unintended consequences of armed interventions, consequences that are unplanned but nevertheless damaging and often very costly in human and personal terms. But collateral damage is not unique... More Info

For a New West

Polity | November 10, 2014 | 272 pages
At a recent meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, it was reported that a ghost was haunting the deliberations of the assembled global elite - that of the renowned social scientist and economic historian, Karl Polanyi. In his classic work, The Great Transformation, Polanyi documented the... More Info

Dispossession

Polity | April 1, 2013 | 240 pages
Dispossession describes the condition of those who have lost land, citizenship, property, and a broader belonging to the world. This thought-provoking book seeks to elaborate our understanding of dispossession outside of the conventional logic of possession, a hallmark of capitalism, liberalism,... More Info

Green Social Work

Polity Press | July 31, 2012 | 200 pages
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Femen

By Femen
Polity | July 14, 2014 | 240 pages
'Ukraine is not a brothel!' This was the first cry of rage uttered by Femen during Euro 2012. Bare-breasted and crowned with flowers, perched on their high heels, Femen transform their bodies into instruments of political expression through slogans and drawings flaunted on their skin. Humour,... More Info

Reading Celebrity Gossip Magazines

Polity | June 23, 2014 | 200 pages
Americans are obsessed with celebrities. Our fascination with fame intensified throughout the 20th century, but the rise of the weekly gossip magazine early in the 21st century confirmed the domination of our popular culture by celebrity-mania. After a decade of diets and dates, breakups and baby... More Info

What is a Social Movement

Polity | April 21, 2014 | 176 pages
Social movements play a central role in the scope and direction of social change. They were instrumental in the creation of the modern state and, today, are major forces in politics and culture. Environmentalism, gay rights, alterglobalization, and Islamic fundamentalism are all movements with... More Info

Anxiety

Polity | March 31, 2014 | 288 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 for the first time in English, he explores the nature of anxiety, suggesting that it is not nostalgia for the object that... More Info

The Global Development Crisis

Polity | February 17, 2014 | 224 pages
The central paradox of the contemporary world is the simultaneous presence of wealth on an unprecedented scale, and mass poverty. Liberal theory explains the relationship between capitalism and poverty as one based around the dichotomy of inclusion (into capitalism) vs exclusion (from capitalism).... More Info

Turbulent and Mighty Continent

Polity | November 25, 2013 | 224 pages
The author argues that "it is a mistake to see the misfortunes of the euro as the sole source of Europe's malaise. The Union faces problems shared by most or all of the developed states of the world. Reform in Europe must go far beyond stabilizing the euro--this is the time for a far-reaching... More Info

Environmental Ethics

Polity | February 17, 2014 | 278 pages
In this clear, concise, comprehensively revised and up-to-date introduction to environmental ethics, Robin Attfield guides the student through the key issues and debates in this field in ways that will also be of interest to a wide range of scholars and researchers. The book introduces... More Info

Webcam

Polity | December 31, 2013 | 220 pages
The use of webcam, especially through Skype, has recently become established as one more standard media technology, but so far there has been no attempt to assess its fundamental nature and consequences. Yet webcam has profound implications for many facets of human life, from self-consciousness and... More Info

Globalization and Work

Polity | February 3, 2014 | 300 pages
This engaging book offers a lively and rigorous synthesis of the varied interconnections between work and globalization.  More Info

Labor Movements

Polity | April 21, 2014 | 200 pages
Fewer than 12 percent of U.S. workers belong to unions, and union membership rates are falling in much of the world. With tremendous growth in inequality within and between countries, steady or indeed rising unemployment and underemployment, and the marked increase in precarious work and migration,... More Info

Moscow, 1937

Polity | February 3, 2014 | 650 pages
Moscow, 1937: the soviet metropolis at the zenith of Stalin’s dictatorship. A society utterly wrecked by a hurricane of violence. In this compelling book, the renowned historian Karl Schlögel reconstructs with meticulous care the process through which, month by month, the terrorism of a... More Info

Protest Inc.

Polity | March 31, 2014 | 200 pages
Mass protests have raged since the global financial crisis of 2008. Across the world students and workers and environmentalists are taking to the streets. Discontent is seething even in the wealthiest countries, as the world saw with Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Protest Inc. tells a disturbingly... More Info

Cities by Design

Polity | January 13, 2014 | 224 pages
Who makes our cities, and what part do everyday users have in the design of cities? This book powerfully shows that city-making is a social process and examines the close relationship between the social and physical shaping of urban environments. With cities taking a growing share of the global... More Info

Global Governance at Risk

Polity | November 4, 2013 | 272 pages
This is a major new collection examining the economic and political challenges currently faced by multilateral and transnational governance institutions.  More Info

The Politics of the Body

Polity | March 17, 2014 | 200 pages
The body is a site of impassioned, fraught and complex debate in the West today. In one political moment, left-wingers, academics and feminists have defended powerful men accused of sex crimes, positioned topless pictures in the tabloids as empowering, and opposed them for sexualizing breasts and... More Info

Gender and Global Justice

By Jaggar
Polity | January 7, 2014 | 288 pages
Issues of global justice have received increasing attention in academic philosophy in recent years but the gendered dimensions of these issues are often overlooked or treated as peripheral. This groundbreaking collection by Alison Jaggar brings gender to the centre of philosophical debates about... More Info

The Welfare State Reader

Polity | December 31, 2013 | 504 pages
The Welfare State Reader has established itself as a vital source of outstanding original research since its original appearance in 2000. In the third edition, Pierson, Castles and Naumann have comprehensively overhauled the content, bringing it wholly up to date with contemporary discussions about... More Info

Climate Governance in the Developing World

Polity | August 5, 2013 | 272 pages
Since 2009, a diverse group of developing states that includes China, Brazil, Ethiopia and Costa Rica has been advancing unprecedented pledges to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, offering new, unexpected signs of climate leadership. Some scholars have gone so far as to argue that these targets... More Info

The Politics of Global Supply Chains

Polity | January 13, 2014 | 224 pages
The Politics of Global Supply Chains analyses the changing politics of power and distribution within contemporary global supply chains. Drawing on over 300 interviews with farmers, workers, activists, businesses and government officials in garment and coffee sector supply chains, the book shows how... More Info

Brazil

Polity | February 3, 2014 | 288 pages
Once deemed a “dysfunctional” democracy with a “feckless” set of political institutions and a “drunk” economy, today’s Brazil has undergone a complete reversal of fortune. Now in its third decade of democracy, the economy is blossoming and large-scale development projects are... More Info

Diamonds

Polity | April 7, 2014 | 204 pages
Diamonds are a multi-billion dollar business involving some of the world’s largest mining companies, a million and a half artisanal diggers, more than a million cutters and polishers and a huge retail jewellery sector. But behind the sparkle of the diamond lies a murkier story, in which rebel... More Info

Documentary in Practice

Polity | February 5, 2007 | 184 pages
Documentary in Practice provides a unique approach to practical documentary-making. Through fascinating analysis of real-life production situations, Jane Chapman shows the challenges and issues faced during the filmmaking process by a range of both well-known and up-and-coming documentary-makers.... More Info

Enforcing Order

Polity | October 7, 2013 | 320 pages
Most incidents of urban unrest in recent decades - including the riots in France, Britain and other Western countries - have followed lethal interactions between the youth and the police. Usually these take place in disadvantaged neighborhoods composed of working-class families of immigrant origin... More Info

Cultures of Mediatization

Polity | November 5, 2012 | 180 pages
What does it mean that we can be reached on our mobile phones wherever we are and at all times? What are the cultural consequences if we are informed about ‘everything and anything important’ via television? How are our political, religious and ethnic belongings impacted through being... More Info

Confronting Equality

Polity | November 15, 2011 | 200 pages
What does social equality mean now, in a world of markets, global power and new forms of knowledge? In this new book, Raewyn Connell combines vivid research with theoretical insight and radical politics to address this question. The focus moves across gender equality struggles, family change, class... More Info

Work Time

Polity | May 8, 2012 | 200 pages
Work Time is a sociological overview of a complex web of relations that shapes much of our experience of work and life yet often goes without critical examination. Cynthia Negrey examines work time past and present, exploring structural economic change and the gender division of labor to ask: what... More Info

States of Denial

Polity | March 5, 2001 | 344 pages
Do these phenomena have anything in common? When we deny, are we aware of what we are doing or is this an unconscious defence mechanism to protect us from unwelcome truths? How do organizations like Amnesty and Oxfam try to overcome the public's apparent indifference to distant suffering and... More Info

Science in the 20th Century and Beyond

Polity | April 17, 2012 | 256 pages
Surveying modern developments in science from 1900 to the present day, this fascinating volume explores Einstein's new physics, the Manhattan Project, eugenics, biotechnology, the Human Genome Project and much more.  More Info

Global Transformations

Polity | August 8, 2003 | 624 pages
The world is changing dramatically and a vigorous public debate is under way about the nature and historical significance of these changes. At the centre of this debate lie conflicting claims about the extent, form and consequences of contemporary globalization. On the one hand there are the... More Info

A Sociology of Family Life

Polity | June 19, 2012 | 256 pages
New kinds of intimate relationships such as post-divorce families, co-habiting couples, 'friends as family' and same-sex unions are now commonplace. This book explores the growing diversity of family life by presenting a comprehensive assessment of recent research and theory, and foregrounds new... More Info

Contemporary Health Studies

Polity | July 31, 2012 | 320 pages
Contemporary Health Studies: An Introduction provides a lively and accessible introduction to the current issues and key debates in this area. It contains a strong, up-to-date, global, social-scientific focus examining the human experience of health particularly emphasizing its social, political... More Info

Oil

Polity | November 13, 2012 | 200 pages
Oil pulses through our daily lives. It is the plastic we touch, the food we eat, and the way we move. Oil politics in the twentieth century was about the management of abundance, state power and market growth. The legacy of this age of plenty includes declining conventional oil reserves, volatile... More Info

Trauma

Polity | June 26, 2012 | 180 pages
In this book Jeffrey C. Alexander develops an original social theory of trauma and uses it to carry out a series of empirical investigations into social suffering around the globe. Alexander argues that traumas are not merely psychological but collective experiences, and that trauma work plays a... More Info

On Society

Polity | May 15, 2012 | 208 pages
'Society' is one of the most frequently used words in public life; it is also a foundational term in the social sciences. In our own time, however, the idea has never been so much in dispute and so little understood. For some critics, society is simply too consensual for a world of intensive... More Info

Social Policy

Polity | June 19, 2012 | 176 pages
How do human societies provide for the wellbeing of their members? How far can we organise the ways in which we care for and about each other? And who should take responsibility for providing the support we all need? These are some of the fundamental questions addressed by social policy today. In... More Info

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