Books published by Stanford University Press

Rights After Wrongs

Stanford University Press | May 25, 2016 | 196 pages
The international legal framework of human rights presents itself as universal. But rights do not exist as a mere framework; they are enacted, practiced, and debated in local contexts. Rights After Wrongs ethnographically explores the chasm between the ideals and the practice of human rights.... More Info

Engines of Empire

Stanford University Press | May 4, 2016 | 352 pages
The Engines of Empire explores the complex relationship between Victorians and their greatest invention: the steamship.  More Info

Crossing the Gulf

Stanford University Press | April 27, 2016 | 216 pages
This book considers the intimate lives of migrant laborers and highlights the shortcomings of policies that criminalize migrants and their loved ones.  More Info

The New Demons

Stanford University Press | November 12, 2014 | 412 pages
"The New Demons" combines an original investigation of twentieth century philosophical debates on evil and a critical engagement with the latest research on power and biopolitics in order to offer a unique vision of our contemporary human condition.  More Info

Raising the Global Floor

Stanford University Press | June 20, 2019 | 240 pages
Working conditions impact our health, the amount of time we can spend with family, our options during momentous life events, and whether we keep or lose a job when the unexpected occurs. The global community has accepted the argument that any country that guarantees decent working conditions will... More Info

The Book to Come

Stanford University Press | June 20, 2019 | 267 pages
Featuring essays originally published in La Nouvelle Revue Française, this collection clearly demonstrates why Maurice Blanchot was a key figure in exploring the relation between literature and philosophy.  More Info

The Logic of Practice

Stanford University Press | June 20, 1990 | 333 pages
Our usual representations of the opposition between the "civilized" and the "primitive" derive from willfully ignoring the relationship of distance our social science sets up between the observer and the observed. In fact, the author argues, the relationship between the anthropologist and his... More Info

The Use of Bodies

Stanford University Press | March 16, 2016 | 320 pages
The final volume in "Homo Sacer," Giorgio Agamben's wide-ranging investigation of the foundations of Western politics and culture.  More Info

Settlers in Contested Lands

Stanford University Press | October 14, 2015 | 264 pages
Settlers feature in many protracted territorial disputes and ethnic conflicts around the world. Explaining the dynamics of the politics of settlers in contested territories in several contemporary cases, this book illuminates how settler-related conflicts emerge, evolve, and are significantly more... More Info

State Failure in the Modern World

Stanford University Press | December 16, 2015 | 168 pages
State failure is seen as one of the significant threats to regional and international stability in the current international system. State Failure in the Modern World presents a comprehensive, systematic, and empirically rigorous analysis of the full range of the state failure process in the... More Info

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

Stanford University Press | November 11, 2015 | 276 pages
My Journey at the Nuclear Brink is a continuation of William J. Perry's efforts to keep the world safe from a nuclear catastrophe. It tells the story of his coming of age in the nuclear era, his role in trying to shape and contain it, and how his thinking has changed about the threat these weapons... More Info

State Phobia and Civil Society

Stanford University Press | January 6, 2016 | 208 pages
The book evaluates Michel Foucault's thought on the state and how it has shaped the widespread and dogmatic anti-statist thinking in the humanities, social sciences, public policy and governance.  More Info

Dwelling in Conflict

Stanford University Press | February 10, 2016 | 261 pages
This book examines the formation, entrenchment, and sociopolitical consequences of land conflict in the Negev region of Israel as it has become defined along ethnic lines.  More Info

Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East

Stanford University Press | March 9, 2016 | 312 pages
This volume explores violence in the public lives of modern Middle Eastern citiesas a collective act, a historical event, and an urban process."  More Info

The South African Gandhi

Stanford University Press | October 7, 2015 | 343 pages
In the pantheon of freedom fighters, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has pride of place. His fame and influence extend far beyond India and are nowhere more significant than in South Africa. "India gave us a Mohandas, we gave them a Mahatma," goes a popular South African refrain. Contemporary South... More Info

Formations of the Secular

Stanford University Press | February 3, 2003 | 269 pages
Opening with the provocative query “what might an anthropology of the secular look like?” this book explores the concepts, practices, and political formations of secularism, with emphasis on the major historical shifts that have shaped secular sensibilities and attitudes in the modern West and... More Info

Moved to Action

Stanford University Press | August 17, 2009 | 191 pages
The book examines how the underprivileged become motivated to participate in politics even though they lack the educational, financial, and civic resources commonly assumed to be necessary for participation.  More Info

The Specter of Capital

Stanford University Press | October 22, 2014 | 160 pages
The Specter of Capital provides a searching historical analysis and critique of the role of classical and neoclassical economic theory in creating the economic conditions which produced the global financial crisis.  More Info

Costly Democracy

Stanford University Press | January 9, 2013 | 208 pages
Peacebuilding is an interactive process that involves collaboration between peacebuilders and the victorious elites of a postwar society. While one of the most prominent assumptions of the peacebuilding literature asserts that the interests of domestic elites and peacebuilders coincide, this book... More Info

Sciences of the Flesh

Stanford University Press | June 20, 1998 | 343 pages
“Psychoanalysis may be said to have been born in the twentieth century,” Freud said late in his career, “but it did not drop from the skies ready-made.” And in his speculative theories of modernism, Bruno Latour argued that “no science can exit from the network of its practice.”... More Info

Resistances of Psychoanalysis

Stanford University Press | June 20, 1998 | 130 pages
In the three essays that make up this stimulating and often startling book, Jacques Derrida argues against the notion that the basic ideas of psychoanalysis have been thoroughly worked through, argued, and assimilated. The continuing interest in psychoanalysis is here examined in the various... More Info

Culture and Public Action

Stanford University Press | June 20, 2019 | 442 pages
Led by Amartya Sen, Mary Douglas, and Arjun Appadurai, the distinguished anthropologists and economists in this book forcefully argue that culture is central to development, and present a framework for incorporating culture into development discourse. For further information on the book and related... More Info

Human Rights As a Way of Life

Stanford University Press | June 5, 2013 | 216 pages
As the first book in English dedicated to Bergson's political philosophy, this study develops an original concept of human rights as a medium of self-care and personal transformation.  More Info

Moving Matters

Stanford University Press | January 9, 2013 | 208 pages
Moving Matters is a richly nuanced portrait of the serial migrant: a person who has lived in several countries, calling each one at some point "home." The stories told here are both extraordinary and increasingly common. Serial migrants rarely travel freely—they must negotiate a world of... More Info

On Philosophy

Stanford University Press | January 9, 2013 | 288 pages
Deepening divisions separate today's philosophers, first, from the culture at large; then, from each other; and finally, from philosophy itself. Though these divisions tend to coalesce publicly as debates over the Enlightenment, their roots lie much deeper. Overcoming them thus requires a... More Info

Back Stories

Stanford University Press | December 5, 2012 | 344 pages
Few topics in the news are more hotly contested than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and news coverage itself is always a subject of debate. But rarely do these debates incorporate an on-the-ground perspective of what and who newsmaking entails. Studying how journalists work in Jerusalem,... More Info

Time in the Shadows

Stanford University Press | November 21, 2012 | 363 pages
Detention and confinement—of both combatants and large groups of civilians—have become fixtures of asymmetric wars over the course of the last century. Counterinsurgency theoreticians and practitioners explain this dizzying rise of detention camps, internment centers, and enclavisation by... More Info

The One-State Condition

Stanford University Press | November 28, 2012 | 344 pages
Since the start of the occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967, Israel's domination of the Palestinians has deprived an entire population of any political status or protection. But even decades on, most people speak of this rule—both in everyday political discussion and in legal and... More Info

Arendt and Adorno

Stanford University Press | July 4, 2012 | 364 pages
Hannah Arendt and Theodor W. Adorno, two of the most influential political philosophers and theorists of the twentieth century, were contemporaries with similar interests, backgrounds, and a shared experience of exile. Yet until now, no book has brought them together. In this first comparative... More Info

Campaigning for Justice

Stanford University Press | January 9, 2013 | 330 pages
Advocates within the human rights movement have had remarkable success establishing new international laws, securing concrete changes in human rights policies and practices, and transforming the terms of public debate. Yet too often, the strategies these advocates have employed are not broadly... More Info

The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory

Stanford University Press | September 5, 2012 | 208 pages
This book exposes the misconceptions, half-truths, and outright lies that have shaped the still dominant but largely mythical version of what happened in the White House during those harrowing two weeks of secret Cuban missile crisis deliberations. A half-century after the event it is surely time... More Info

Race Defaced

Stanford University Press | September 5, 2012 | 264 pages
From Manifest Destiny to the White Man's Burden, Harold Macmillan to Tony Blair, and John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama—the historical development of racial doctrine has been closely connected to the relationship between radical and conservative politics. This book compares different forms of racism... More Info

On Making Sense

Stanford University Press | October 31, 2012 | 216 pages
On Making Sense juxtaposes texts produced by black, Latino, and Asian queer writers and artists to understand how knowledge is acquired and produced in contexts of racial and gender oppression. From James Baldwin's 1960s novel Another Country to Margaret Cho's turn-of-the-century stand-up comedy,... More Info

Watching War

Stanford University Press | August 22, 2012 | 256 pages
What does it mean to be a spectator to war in an era when the boundaries between witnessing and perpetrating violence have become profoundly blurred? Arguing that the contemporary dynamics of military spectatorship took shape in Napoleonic Europe, Watching War explores the status of warfare as a... More Info

Social Movements and the New State

Stanford University Press | September 26, 2012 | 208 pages
The world's democracies cheered as the social movements of the Arab Spring ended the reigns of longstanding dictators and ushered in the possibility of democracy. Yet these unique transitions also fit into a broader pattern of democratic breakthroughs around the globe, where political leaders... More Info

In the Wake of Neoliberalism

Stanford University Press | November 21, 2012 | 240 pages
Understanding the various meanings given to human and citizenship rights in Argentina is an important task, particularly so given the nation's prominence in global discussions. An "exporter" of tactics, ideas, and experts, Argentina has become a site of innovation in the field of human rights. This... More Info