Books published by Pluto Press


When Protest Becomes Crime

Pluto Press (UK) | December 20, 2019 | 272 pages
An anthropological analysis of how our political and legal systems criminalise protesters  More Info

Partisan Ruptures

Pluto Press (UK) | December 20, 2019 | 304 pages
A history of twentieth-century Yugoslavia and the ruptures that shaped it  More Info

Mask Off

Pluto Press (UK) | September 20, 2019 | 144 pages
From Blurred Lines to gang signs, how does society cause toxic masculinity?  More Info

Behind Closed Doors

Pluto Press (UK) | September 20, 2019 | 160 pages
When it comes to sex education, the personal is political.  More Info

James Baldwin

Pluto Press (UK) | September 20, 2019 | 256 pages
In the first major biography of Baldwin in more than a decade, Bill V. Mullen celebrates the personal and political life of the great African-American writer who changed the face of Western politics and culture.As a lifelong anti-imperialist, black queer advocate, and feminist, Baldwin (1924-1987)... More Info

Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentring Oppression

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 256 pages
Professor:  Justin Paulson
Course Codes:  SOCI 5804
Semester:  Winter-20
This groundbreaking collection explores the profound power of Social Reproduction Theory to deepen our understanding of everyday life under capitalism.  More Info

Vital Signs

Pluto Press (Chic) | August 20, 2019 | 176 pages
As standards of healthcare decline, so do our bodies; we need a radical vision for healthcare  More Info

Surplus Citizens

Pluto Press (UK) | November 15, 2018 | 256 pages
The crisis in Greece has elicited the full spectrum of responses - from optimism for a left parliamentary politics, inspired by Syriza's electoral victory; to pessimism about the intransigence of the EU, and calls for the reinstatement of full national sovereignty.In Surplus Citizens, Dimitra... More Info

Big Red Diary 2020

Pluto Press (UK) | July 20, 2019 | 128 pages
Pluto's classic diary is back!  More Info

The Palestine-Israel Conflict

Pluto Press (UK) | July 10, 2017 | 304 pages
The Palestine-Israel conflict is the most notorious and ingrained conflict in living memory. Yet the way it is reported in the media is often confusing, leading many to falsely assume the hostilities stretch continuously back to an ancient period.The Palestine-Israel Conflict provides a balanced,... More Info

The Discordant Development

Pluto Press | March 15, 2012 | 216 pages
What happens when a vast multinational mining company operates a gas plant situated close to four densely populated villages in rural Bangladesh? How does its presence contribute to local processes of "development?" And what do corporate claims of "community engagement" involve? Drawing from author... More Info

Voices of 1968

Pluto Press (UK) | October 15, 2018 | 320 pages
The year 1968 witnessed one of the great upheavals of the twentieth century, as social movements shook every continent. Across the Global North, people rebelled against post-war conformity and patriarchy, authoritarian education and factory work, imperialism and the Cold War. They took over... More Info

The Islamic Utopia

Pluto Press | November 13, 2012 | 240 pages
Will Saudi Arabia join the democratic wave in the Middle East? Despite being surrounded by states experiencing uprisings and revolutions, Saudi Arabia appears to be a "black hole" for democracy in the Middle East – secretive, highly repressive and still propped up by the West. The Islamic Utopia... More Info

A People's History of the Portuguese Revolution

Pluto Press (UK) | February 20, 2019 | 352 pages
On the 25th April 1974, a coup destroyed the ranks of Portugal's fascist Estado Novo government as the Portuguese people flooded the streets of Lisbon, placing red carnations in the barrels of guns and demanding a 'land for those who work in it'.This became the Carnation Revolution - an... More Info

Captive Revolution

Pluto Press | August 20, 2014 | 240 pages
Women throughout the world have always played their part in struggles against colonialism, imperialism and other forms of oppression. However, there are hardly any academic books on Arab political prisoners, fewer still on the Palestinians who have been detained in their thousands for their... More Info

Private Oceans

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 208 pages
As the era of thriving, small-scale fishing communities continues to wane across waters that once teamed with (a way of) life, Fiona McCormack opens a window into contemporary fisheries quota systems, laying bare how neoliberalism has entangled itself in our approach to environmental... More Info

The Digital Party

Pluto Press (UK) | July 20, 2018 | 240 pages
From the Five Star Movement to Podemos, from the Pirate Parties to La France Insoumise, from the movements behind Bernie Sanders to those backing Jeremy Corbyn, the last decade has witnessed the rise of a new blueprint for political organisation: the digital party.Paolo Gerbaudo addresses the... More Info

Hope Lies in the Proles

Pluto Press (UK) | March 12, 2018 | 208 pages
George Orwell was one of the most significant literary figures on the left in the twentieth century. While titles such as 1984, Animal Farm and Homage to Catalonia are still rightly regarded as modern classics, his own politics are less well understood.Hope Lies in the Proles offers a sympathetic... More Info


Pluto Press (UK) | May 20, 2017 | 256 pages
Brazil is the world's sixth largest economy, has played a key role as one of the 'pink wave' administrations in Latin America, and was also responsible for wrecking the US-sponsored proposal for a Free Trade Area of the Americas.  More Info

The Violence of Austerity

Pluto Press (UK) | May 15, 2017 | 256 pages
Austerity, a response to the aftermath of the financial crisis, continues to devastate contemporary Britain.In The Violence of Austerity, Vickie Cooper and David Whyte bring together the voices of campaigners and academics including Danny Dorling, Mary O'Hara and Rizwaan Sabir to show that rather... More Info

Seasons of Hunger

Pluto Press (UK) | September 20, 2008 | 148 pages
A critical account of the politics of aid-giving.  More Info

The Islamophobia Industry

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 336 pages
This is a disturbing account of the campaign to promote fear and hatred of Muslims in the United States and Europe, from the 'War on Terror' to Trump's travel ban. Nathan Lean takes us through a world of conservative bloggers, right-wing talk show hosts, evangelical religious leaders and... More Info

On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements

Pluto Press (UK) | February 15, 2017 | 480 pages
Spanning several decades, Ella Shohat's work has introduced conceptual frameworks that fundamentally challenged conventional understandings of Palestine, Zionism and the Middle East, focusing on the pivotal figure of the Arab-Jew. This book gathers together her most influential political essays,... More Info

Peaceful Resistance

Pluto Press | December 15, 2009 | 224 pages
This book tells the remarkable story of Bierzeit University, one of Palestine's foremost educational institutions. When Dr. Gabi Baramki co-founded Birzeit's first degree program in 1972, he was determined to create a Palestinian national university despite Israel 's occupation. Democracy and... More Info

Red International and Black Caribbean

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 320 pages
This is the history of the black radicals who organised as Communists between the two imperialist wars of the twentieth century.  More Info

Rubbish Theory

Pluto Press (UK) | June 5, 2017 | 304 pages
How do objects that have lost their value become valuable once again? Rubbish is something we ignore. By definition we discard it, from our lives and our minds, and it remains outside the concerns of conventional economics. However, this book explores the dynamics through which rubbish can re-enter... More Info

Broken Promises, Broken Dreams

Pluto Press | March 15, 2010 | 304 pages
The tragedies of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians are never far from the pages of the mainstream press. Yet it is rare to hear about the reality of life on the ground -- and it is rarer still when these voices belong to women. This book records the journey of a Jewish American... More Info

Reclaiming the State

Pluto Press (UK) | September 15, 2017 | 320 pages
The crisis of the neoliberal order has resuscitated a political idea widely believed to be consigned to the dustbin of history. Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the neo-nationalist, anti-globalisation and anti-establishment backlash engulfing the West all involve a yearning for a relic of... More Info

Making Workers

Pluto Press (UK) | September 20, 2017 | 208 pages
As neoliberalist logic sinks deeper into our society with each passing year, its impact on the education system increases. In Making Workers, Katharyne Mitchell argues that education, in a context of shifting spaces, narratives, actors, and values, plays a critical role in the social and political... More Info


Pluto Press | June 15, 2011 | 288 pages
Palestinian prisoners charged with security-related offences are immediately taken as a threat to Israel's security. They are seen as potential, if not actual, suicide bombers. This stereotype ignores the political nature of the Palestinian prisoners' actions and their desire for liberty. By... More Info

A Party with Socialists in It

Pluto Press (UK) | February 12, 2018 | 288 pages
For over a hundred years, the British Labour Party has been a bastion for working class organisation and struggle. However, has it ever truly been on the side of the workers? Where do its interests really lie? And can we rely on it to provide a barrier against right-wing forces? By looking into its... More Info

Israeli Rejectionism

Pluto Press | March 15, 2011 | 216 pages
The Palestine-Israel conflict is one of the longest running and seemingly intractable confrontations in the modern world. This book delves deep into the "peace process" to find out why so little progress has been made on the key issues. Zalman Amit and Daphna Levit find overwhelming evidence of... More Info

Under the Cover of Chaos

Pluto Press (UK) | March 28, 2020 | 192 pages
Are Donald Trump's irrationality, cruelty, and bombast symptoms of his personality? Is the chaos surrounding him a sign of his incompetence? Are his populism, illiberalism and nationalism just cynical appeals to existing feelings of abandonment, resentment and rage?Lawrence Grossberg shows that the... More Info

The Global Hunger Crisis

Pluto Press | March 5, 2013 | 272 pages
Millions across the world face the daily challenge to find enough food to survive. Hunger is on the rise globally with more than 1.2 billion people suffering from food insecurity. Rising prices are further restricting food access.In this deeply informative study, Majda Bne Saad identifies the... More Info

Digital Demagogue

Pluto Press (UK) | February 12, 2018 | 336 pages
From 'Covfefe' to #FraudNewsCNN and #FakeNews, Donald Trump's tweets have caused an international frenzy. He is a reality TV and Twitter-President, who uses digital and entertainment culture as an ideological weapon - as an expression of his authoritarianism.This book delves into new... More Info