Books published by Zed Books


Myanmar's Enemy Within

Zed Books | June 15, 2019 | 456 pages
In 2017, Myanmar's military launched a campaign of violenceagainst the Rohingya minority that UN experts later said amounted to agenocide. More than seven hundred thousand civilians fled to Bangladesh in whatbecame the most concentrated flight of refugees since the Rwanda genocide of1994. The... More Info

Decolonizing Research

Zed Books | May 15, 2019 | 256 pages
From Oceania to North America, indigenous peoples have created storytelling traditions of incredible depth and diversity. The term 'indigenous storywork' has come to encompass the sheer breadth of ways in which indigenous storytelling serves as a historical record, as a form of teaching and... More Info

Walking Through Fire

Zed Books | May 15, 2018 | 304 pages
In A Daughter of Isis, Saadawi paints a beautifully textured portrait of the childhood that molded her into a novelist and fearless campaigner for freedom and the rights of women. Walking through Fire takes up the story of her extraordinary life. We read about her as a rural doctor trying to help a... More Info

A Daughter of Isis

Zed Books | May 15, 2018 | 368 pages
Nawal El Saadawi is one of the greatest writers to come out of the Arab world. Born into a small Egyptian village in 1931, her life and writings have shown an extraordinary strength of character and a unique ability to create new worlds in the fight against oppression. Saadawi has been pilloried,... More Info

An Oral History of the Palestinian Nakba

Zed Books | May 15, 2018 | 400 pages
In 2018, Palestinians mark the seventieth anniversary of the Nakba, a mass eviction that saw more than 70,000 people uprooted and forced to flee their homes in the early days of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even today, the bitterness and trauma of the Nakba remains raw, and it has become the... More Info

Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession

Zed Books | August 15, 2017 | 276 pages
Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession argues that many economic initiatives undertaken in the global South in the name of development are actually a form of continued colonization of these regions. Instead of creating stronger economic communities, this development has actually exacerbated... More Info

Global Health Watch 5

Zed Books | December 15, 2017 | 432 pages
For over a decade, Global Health Watch has been the definitive source for alternative analysis on health and healthcare, challenging conventional wisdom and pioneering innovative new approaches to the field. This new edition addresses the key challenges facing governments and health practitioners... More Info

Happy Abortions in the Era of Choice

Zed Books | December 15, 2017 | 256 pages
When it comes to the subject of abortion, today's liberal rhetoric has produced an atmosphere common-sense that is simultaneously pro-choice and yet, anti-abortion, a contradiction that often overlooks what the choice to have an abortion entails and how this decision is experienced by women. While... More Info

After Charlie Hebdo

Zed Books | November 15, 2017 | 288 pages
As the world looked on in horror at the Paris terror attacks in 2015, France found itself at the center of a conflict, which has had consequences that extend far beyond France itself. The attacks set in motion a steady creep towards ever more repressive state surveillance and security measures, and... More Info

Women and the War on Boko Haram

Zed Books | November 15, 2017 | 192 pages
For well over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the group shocked the world when it abducted 276 girls en masse from a school in rural Chibok, and the resulting #BringBackOurGirls movement attracted support and solidarity from around the... More Info


Zed Books | September 15, 2017 | 192 pages
The Zika virus has devastated lives and countless communities, leaving children across the Americas with severe disabilities as a result of the epidemic. Nowhere has this devastation been more deeply felt than in Alagoas, a small rural province in northeast Brazil. It was here that the most recent... More Info

Usurping Suicide

Zed Books | August 15, 2017 | 256 pages
How does an individual act of suicide become politically or socially significant? Does it depend upon the original intent, or does the influence of the act depend upon how it is discussed and shaped in the public imagination afterward? To answer these questions, Usurping Suicide takes a unique look... More Info

Congo's Violent Peace

Zed Books | July 15, 2017 | 256 pages
Despite a massive investment of international diplomacy and money in recent years, the Democratic Republic of Congo remains a conflict-ridden and volatile country, marked by a series of rebellions, failed international interventions, and unworkable peace agreements. In Congo's Violent Peace,... More Info


Zed Books | October 15, 2017 | 448 pages
Since the World War II, Thailand has positioned itself as a key strategic ally of the United States, serving as a bulwark against communism in Southeast Asia and as a base for American troops during the Vietnam War. In return, the United States has provided millions of dollars in military and... More Info

Ecofeminism as Politics

Zed Books | May 15, 2017 | 224 pages
Exploring the philosophical and political challenges of bridging feminist and ecological concerns, Ecofeminism as Politics argues that ecofeminism reaches beyond contemporary social movements as a political synthesis of four revolutions in one, taking in ecology, feminism, socialism, and... More Info

Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing

Zed Books | February 28, 2017 | 288 pages
A comprehensive, critical but accessible guide to the role of land in housing policy and how it has been excluded from mainstream economic theory.  More Info


Zed Books | May 15, 2017 | 256 pages
While leftist governments have been elected across Latin America, this Pink Tide, as it has been called, has so far failed to reach Peru. Instead, Peru represents a particularly stark example of state capture, in which an extreme concentration of wealth in the hands of a few corporations and... More Info

Where Are the Unions?

Zed Books | March 15, 2017 | 256 pages
The start of this century has been marked by global demands for economic justice. From the wave that swept through Latin America to the Arab revolutions and the Occupy and anti-austerity movements in Europe and North America, the past twenty years have witnessed the birth of a new type of mass... More Info

The Daily Lives of Muslims

Zed Books | March 15, 2017 | 288 pages
For many in the West, Islam has become a byword for terrorism. From 9/11 to the attacks in France and Belgium, our headlines have been dominated by images of violence and extremism tied to radical Islam. At the same time, as the Western world struggles to cope with the growing crisis of Middle... More Info

China's Asian Dream

Zed Books | February 1, 2017 | 256 pages
"China," Napoleon once remarked, "is a sleeping lion. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will shake the world." In 2014, President Xi Jinping triumphantly declared that the lion had indeed awoken, and "China's Asian Dream" became his signature slogan. Under Xi, China has pursued an increasingly... More Info

Women's Activism in Africa

Zed Books | February 15, 2017 | 256 pages
Throughout Africa, growing numbers of women are coming together and making their voices heard, mobilizing around causes ranging from democracy and land rights to campaigns against domestic violence. In countries such as Senegal and Tunisia, women have made major gains in their struggle for equal... More Info

Why the Dalai Lama Is a Socialist

Zed Books | March 15, 2017 | 224 pages
"I am a socialist," declared the Dalai Lama to the surprise of many recently. Though Buddhists and socialists both might be perplexed at the suggestion that their approaches to life share fundamental principles, important figures in Buddhism have increasingly been framing contemporary social and... More Info


Zed Books | February 15, 2017 | 192 pages
Although there is often opposition to individual wars, many people continue to believe that the arms industry is necessary in some form: to safeguard our security, provide jobs, or stimulate the economy. For these reasons, not only conservatives, but many progressives and liberals, are able to... More Info

The New War on the Poor

Zed Books | July 9, 2015 | 240 pages
While governments and the media present the often violent, repressive actions of governments as something wholly distinct from--and certainly better than--the actions of criminals, to those who suffer the consequences of the contemporary public security state, the difference isn't always so clear.  More Info

A Theory of Nonviolent Action

Zed Books | February 1, 2015 | 224 pages
In this ground-breaking and much-needed book, Stellan Vinthagen provides the first major systematic attempt to develop a theory of nonviolent action since Gene Sharp's seminal The Politics of Nonviolent Action in 1973.  More Info

North Korea

Zed Books | August 13, 2015 | 480 pages
Secretive, mysterious, and almost certainly dangerous, North Korea is an object of endless fascination--and worry--for the rest of the world. The world's most inaccessible nuclear power, it retains Gulag-style prison camps, completely blocks Internet access, and forbids citizens to talk to... More Info

Asia-Africa Development Divergence

Zed Books | February 12, 2015 | 264 pages
Why have Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam been so successful in reducing levels of absolute poverty, while in African countries like Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania, despite recent economic growth, most people are still almost as poor as they were half a century ago? This... More Info

Change Everything

Zed Books | June 11, 2015 | 192 pages
Few people would contest that modern capitalism comes with major costs: it damages the environment, harms workers, and increases inequality, to name just a few. Yet we're told time and again that those are simply inevitable side effects of the constant need for profit and growth--and that while... More Info

Africa's New Oil

Zed Books | April 9, 2015 | 224 pages
The development of Africa's oil has greatly accelerated in recent years, with some countries looking at the prospect of almost unimaginable flows of money into their national budgets. But the story of African oil has usually been associated with conflict, corruption and disaster, with older... More Info

First Measures of the Coming Insurrection

Zed Books | May 1, 2015 | 112 pages
We have witnessed a beginning, the birth of a new age of revolt and upheaval. In North Africa and the Middle East it took the people a matter of days to topple what were supposedly entrenched regimes. Now, to the west, multiple crises are etching away at a 'democratic consensus' that has, since the... More Info

Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance

Zed Books | May 14, 2015 | 272 pages
Since the end of 2010, when a wave of mass protests and uprisings swept across the Arab world, there has been unprecedented media attention to Arab women and their role in regional political transformations. Yet, this large body of commentary and speculation has yet to culminate in a substantial... More Info

Advocacy in Conflict

Zed Books | May 14, 2015 | 288 pages
Conflicts in Africa, Asia and Latin America have become a common focus of advocacy by western celebrities and specialist advocacy organizations. This provocative volume delves into the realities of these efforts, which have often had to make major compromises of integrity in the pursuit of profile... More Info

Ghost Cities of China

Zed Books | April 9, 2015 | 192 pages
China has built hundreds of new cities and urban districts over the past 30 years, and hundreds more are set to be built by 2030. Between now and then, 250 million more rural Chinese will move into cities, bringing the country's urban population up over one billion, as the central government kicks... More Info

The 1% and the Rest of Us

Zed Books | March 12, 2015 | 224 pages
While the Occupy movement faces many strategic and organizational challenges, one of its major accomplishments has been to draw global attention to the massive disparity of income, wealth and privilege held by 1% of the population in nations across the world. In The 1% and the Rest of Us, Tim Di... More Info

Contested Powers

Zed Books | June 11, 2015 | 304 pages
In the global north the commoditization of creativity and knowledge under the banner of a creative economy is being posed as the post-industrial answer to dependency on labour and natural resources. Not only does it promise a more stable and sustainable future, but an economy focused on... More Info

Practicing Feminist Political Ecologies

Zed Books | May 14, 2015 | 336 pages
This timely and important book launches the Zed Books 'Gender, Development and Environment' series. In challenging the discourse around the green economy the book is an important new contribution to environmental studies. Destined to be the next big feminist political ecology text, the volume... More Info

The Global Minotaur

Zed Books | July 15, 2015 | 304 pages
In this provocative book, Yanis Varoufakis—the fiery finance minister in Greek's new Syriza-led government—explodes the myth that financialization, ineffective regulation of banks, and generalized greed and globalization were the root causes of the global economic crisis. Rather, he shows, they... More Info

Can Non-Europeans Think?

Zed Books | April 9, 2015 | 272 pages
What happens with thinkers who operate outside the European philosophical 'pedigree'? Why is European Philosophy 'Philosophy', but African philosophy 'ethnophilosophy'? In Japan, Kojin Karatani, in Cuba, Roberto Fernandez Retamar, or even in the United States people like Cornel West, whose thinking... More Info

Undoing Privilege

Zed Books | September 15, 2010 | 256 pages
For every group that is oppressed, one or more other groups are privileged in relation to it. In Undoing Privilege, Bob Pease argues that privilege, as the other side of oppression, has been given insufficient attention in both critical theories and in the practices of social change. As a result,... More Info

The Lords of Human Kind

Zed Books | February 12, 2015 | 384 pages
When European explorers went out into the world to open up trade routes and establish colonies, they brought back much more than silks and spices, cotton and tea. Inevitably, they came into contact with the peoples of other parts of the world and formed views of them occasionally admiring, more... More Info

Debating Cultural Hybridity

Zed Books | February 8, 2015 | 320 pages
Why is it still so difficult to negotiate differences across cultures? In what ways does racism continue to strike at the foundations of multiculturalism? Bringing together some of the world's most influential postcolonial theorists, this classic collection examines the place and meaning of... More Info

Africa Uprising

Zed Books | March 1, 2015 | 224 pages
African politics has long been characterized as driven by the engine of violence. But today, violence is being overtaken by popular protest. Cities throughout the continent have seen uprisings by youth and unemployed, as well as organized labour, civil society activists, writers and artists, and... More Info

Kenya: The Struggle for a New Constitutional Order

Zed Books | December 2, 2014 | 224 pages
The aftermath of recent Kenyan elections has been marred by violence and an apparent crisis in democratic governance, with the negotiated settlement resulting from the 2007 election bringing into sharp focus longstanding problems of state and society. The broader reform process has involved... More Info

Planet Dialectics

Zed Books | March 12, 2015 | 272 pages
All effects of human action will inevitably be played out within our planet's limits; any hope of infinity is an illusion. And yet, as Wolfgang Sachs warned almost twenty years ago, environmental concerns have been assimilated into the rhetoric, dynamics and power structures of development. This... More Info

Marxism and the Muslim World

Zed Books | March 15, 2015 | 229 pages
In the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings, Maxime Rodinson's Marxist commentary has a new and powerful resonance. Political repression, corruption and economic stagnation stimulated revolt across the Arab world. Now the revolutionary euphoria has faded, leaving violent power struggles, overtly Islamic... More Info

Male Daughters, Female Husbands

Zed Books | March 15, 2015 | 272 pages
In 1987, more than a decade before the dawn of queer theory, Ifi Amadiume wrote Male Daughters, Female Husbands, to critical acclaim. This compelling and highly original book frees the subject position of 'husband' from its affiliation with men, and goes on to do the same for other masculine... More Info

Clothing Poverty

Zed Books | February 12, 2015 | 208 pages
Have you have stopped and wondered where your jeans came from? Who made them and where? Following the journey of a pair of jeans Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a vivid around the world tour from manufacture to fast-fashion and clothing recycling. Andrew Brooks shows how recycled clothes are... More Info

South Sudan

Zed Books | January 8, 2015 | 320 pages
In 2011, South Sudan became an independent country. Its long liberation struggle was an attempt to right the wrongs of history: a brutal colonial conquest that was followed by more than a century of deliberate neglect and racial oppression organized by governments headquartered at Khartoum. The... More Info

Spaces of Aid

Zed Books | March 12, 2015 | 256 pages
Aid workers commonly bemoan that the spaces and experiences of working in 'the field' often sit uneasily with the goals they've signed up to - from visiting project sites in air-conditioned Land Cruisers while the intended beneficiaries walk barefoot through the heat to checking emails from within... More Info

Global Health Watch 4

Zed Books | December 1, 2014 | 320 pages
The Global Health Watch is perceived widely as the definitive voice for an alternate discourse on health and health care. This 4th edition covers a range of issues that currently impact on health, including the present political and economic architecture in a fast changing and globalised world; a... More Info