Forthcoming Books

Asia's New Battlefield
The USA, China and the Struggle for the Western Pacific
Richard Javad Heydarian, with a foreword by Walden Bello
15 November 2015

This compact, insightful book offers an up-to-the-minute guide to understanding the evolution of maritime territorial disputes in East Asia, exploring their legal, political-security, and economic dimensions against the backdrop of a brewing Sino-American rivalry for hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region. It traces the decades-long evolution of Sino-American relations in Asia, and how this...

Beasts and Gods
How democracy changed its meaning and lost its purpose
Roslyn Fuller
15 November 2015

Democracy does not deliver on the things we have assumed are its natural outcomes. Equal opportunity and the individual's ability to have an impact on decision-making are a mirage. This, coupled with a growing sense of malaise in both new and established democracies forms the basis to the assertion made by some, that these are not democracies at all.

Through considerable,...

The Refusal of Work
The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work
David Frayne
15 November 2015

Paid-work is of central importance to people in modern capitalist societies yet, for many of us, our personal relationship with paid work is not a happy one. Whilst some feel overworked, others fight against the hard realities of precarious, low-quality work, and persisting mass unemployment. In this original and thought-provoking book, David Frayne asks whether we might consider an...

Violence and Resilience in Latin American Cities
Kees Koonings and Dirk Kruijt
15 November 2015

Why are Latin American cities amongst the most violent in the world? Over the past decades Latin America has not only become the most urbanized of the regions of the so-called ‘global South’, it has also been the scene of the urbanization of poverty and exclusion. Overall regional homicides rates are the highest in the world, a fact closely related to the spread and use of small...

Why Women Will Save the Planet
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth
1 December 2015

Women's empowerment is critical to environmental sustainability, isn't it? When Friends of the Earth asked this question on Facebook half of respondents said yes and half said no, with women as likely to say no as men.

This collection of articles and interviews, from some of the leading lights of the environmental and feminist movements, demonstrates that achieving gender...

Activism in Jordan
Pénélope Larzilliére
15 December 2015

The waves of protest that swept through the Arab world in 2011 and 2012 and the toppling of the Tunisian and Egyptian regimes have focused attention on the opposition to authoritarian regimes. In Jordan, between censorship, repression and election rigging, political activism is limited despite the democratic opening of 1989 and persisting exclusionary political systems. However, opposition...

Beyond Colonialism, Development and Globalization
Social Movement and Critical Perspectives
Dominique Caouette and Dip Kapoor
15 December 2015

Development studies are in a state of flux. New generations of scholars have come to reject what was once regarded as accepted wisdom, and increasingly regard development and globalization as part of a continuum with colonialism, premised on the same reductionist assumption that progress and growth are objective facts that can be fostered, measured, assessed and controlled. Drawing on a...

Latin America's Leaders
Rut Diamint and Laura Tedesco
15 December 2015

Cult-of-personality or true democracy? The rise of populism worldwide, combined with the overwhelming success of leaders in Latin America, has positioned the region at the forefront of political debate. Conventional wisdom presents this trend as a handful of charismatic individuals leading an ideological challenge to liberal democracy. But can it really be that simple?

Based on...

Protecting the Health of the Poor
Social Movements in the South
Abraar Karan and Geeta Sodhi
15 December 2015

Despite the colossal amount of spending on health and healthcare programs globally, why do massive inequalities in health, both within and between countries, remain?

Drawing on in-depth empirical research spanning Asia, Latin America and Africa, this path breaking collection offers an overview of the legal, political and social factors behind poor performance countries in the...

South Africa: Settler Colonialism and the Failures of Liberal Democracy
Thiven Reddy
15 December 2015

Two unmistakable features describe post-Apartheid politics. The first is the formal framework of liberal democracy, including regular elections, multiple political parties, and a range of progressive social rights. The second is the politics of the 'extraordinary', which include a political discourse that relies on threats and the use of violence, the crude re-racialization of numerous...

The Politics of Everybody
Feminism, Queer Theory and Marxism at the Intersection
Holly Lewis
15 January 2016

This is not a book about alternative sexualities, nor is it a book about desire. The Politics of Every Body examines the production and maintenance of the terms 'man', 'woman', and 'other' within the current political moment; the contradictions of these categories and the prospects of a Marxist approach to praxis for queer bodies.

Few thinkers have attempted to reconcile queer...

Expose, Oppose, Propose
Transnational alternative policy groups and global civil society
William K. Carroll
15 July 2016

The tightly scripted programming of neoliberal capitalism positions us all as consumers in a hypermarket where money talks. For the majority of people across the globe this translates as precarity and immiseration. But how can we break from this dominant, ideological framework?

Expose, Oppose, Propose, details how, since the mid-1970s, but particularly since the 1990s,...

We Kill Because We Can
From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age
Laurie Calhoun
15 September 2016

Welcome to the Drone Age. Where self defence has become naked aggression. Where courage has become cowardice. Where black ops have become standard operating procedure.

In this remarkable and often shocking book, Laurie Calhoun dissects the moral, psychological and cultural impact of remote-control killing in the Twenty-First Century. How can a mafia hitman be likened to a drone...