Books published by Zed Books


Drug War Mexico

Zed Books | June 15, 2012 | 256 pages
Professor:  Prof. Laura Macdonald
Course Codes:  PSCI 3205
Semester:  Fall-2017
Mexico is a country in crisis. Capitalizing on weakened public institutions, widespread unemployment, a state of lawlessness, and the strengthening of links between Mexican and Colombian drug cartels, narcotrafficking in the country has flourished during the post-1982 neoliberal era. In fact, it... 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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Kingdom in Crisis

Zed Books | November 4, 2014 | 192 pages
Struggling to emerge from a despotic past, Thailand stands at a defining moment in its history. Scores have been killed on the streets of Bangkok. Freedom of speech is routinely denied. Democracy appears increasingly distant. Long dreaded by Thais, the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej is expected... More Info

Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East

Zed Books | November 1, 2014 | 256 pages
What is the link between Information Communication Technology (ICT) and women's empowerment in today's development context? How can ICT facilitate the pursuit of visions for a better world? Avoiding both 'techno-euphoric' and 'techno-pessimistic' hype this book offers answers. Based on analysis... More Info

Bread, Freedom, Social Justice

Zed Books | November 1, 2014 | 256 pages
Accounts of the 'Arab Spring' have often focused on the role of youth coalitions, the use of social media, and the tactics of the Tahrir Square occupation. This authoritative and original book argues that collective action by organised workers played a fundamental role in the Tunisian and Egyptian... More Info

Africa's World Trade

Zed Books | November 4, 2014 | 192 pages
Are Africa's world markets really contributing to enhance development across the continent for individuals, nations, and regions? This is the key question posed by Margaret Lee in this provocative book, in which she argues that all too often the voices of African traders are obscured amid a... More Info

Grassroots Post-modernism

Zed Books | September 2, 2014 | 248 pages
Grassroots Post-modernism resolutely attacks the three sacred cows of modernity - the idea that there is only one, universally valid way of understanding social reality; the exclusive and general validity of Western-defined notions of 'human'; and the notion of the self-sufficient individual, as... More Info

Capitalism and Its Alternatives

Zed Books | September 2, 2014 | 192 pages
The Global Economic Crisis has catalysed debates about the merits of capitalism as a system for organising production, distribution, and exchange. Political elites have claimed that Capitalism is not a fundamentally pernicious or crisis prone system, and can be successfully reformed if the right... More Info

Women and the Informal Economy in Urban Africa

Zed Books | July 3, 2014 | 160 pages
In this highly original work, Mary Njeri Kinyanjui explores the trajectory of women's movement from the margins of urbanization into the centers of business activities in Nairobi, Kenya and its accompanying implications for urban planning. While women in much of Africa have struggled to gain urban... More Info

South Africa Pushed to the Limit

Zed Books | January 15, 2011 | 544 pages
Since 1994, the democratic government in South Africa has worked hard at improving the lives of the black majority, yet half the population still lives in poverty, jobs are scarce, and the country is more unequal than ever. For millions, the color of a person's skin still decides their destiny. In... More Info

The Remaking of Social Contracts

Zed Books | September 2, 2014 | 288 pages
Global citizens' struggles today stress the building of effective links between development agencies and the women's movement. Development Action for Women Network, which has long brought together many leading Third World women thinkers and activists, has been vigorously contributing to developing... More Info

Decolonizing Methodologies

Zed Books | March 15, 1999 | 208 pages
A call by an indigenous researcher for the decolonizing of research methods, which critically examines the historical and philosophical base of Western research. The book provides a literature which validates frustrations with various Western paradigms, academic traditions and methodologies.  More Info

Changing Narratives of Sexuality

Zed Books | May 6, 2014 | 272 pages
Changing Narratives of Sexuality engages with women's sexuality, exploring marginal as well as dominant stories in which sexuality may figure overtly or covertly as the subject. This impressive collection brings together a broad range of arenas in which sexuality is embedded. From storytelling to... More Info

Land and Freedom

Zed Books | October 2, 2014 | 232 pages
The Zapatistas of Chiapas and the Landless Workers Movement (MST) of Brazil are often celebrated as shining examples in the global struggle against Neoliberalism. But what have these movements achieved in more than two decades of resistance and can any of these achievements realistically contribute... More Info

Climate Change and Human Development

Zed Books | August 4, 2014 | 224 pages
Whilst the world's poor are clearly hit hardest by climate change impacts, so too do they hold many of the solutions for how best to cope with its impacts, and at times reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero. Climate Change and Human Development offers a rich compendium of real life scenarios and... More Info