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Polity blog posts highlight new and recent books published by us, often with the comments and views of the authors themselves.

In her latest book, Should We Abolish Household Debts? Johnna Montgomerie explores the many consequences of indebtedness within the economy and society. She puts forward a simple but informed set of pragmatic proposals for household debt cancellation that can help the renew the economy to make a better future possible. Read More
By Richard Butsch Screen Culture: A Global History is a story written on a broad canvas, stretching across three screen media (film, tv, digital), from the last glory days of European colonialism, to post-colonialism nation-building, to an era of neo-liberal, hyper-global consumption, and including numerous nations on five continents around… Read More
By Shaun Riordan Clemenceau once said that war is too serious to be left to generals. By the same token, cyberspace is too serious to be left to technicians. Yet that is what we do. The point is made by the current furore about Huawei and 5G. The international standards… Read More
12MAR'19
Extract from Against Hate by Carolin Emcke “Sometimes I wonder whether I should envy them. Sometimes I wonder how they do it: how they hate the way they do. How they can be so sure of themselves. Because the haters have to be at least that: sure. Otherwise they would… Read More
By Richard Sakwa, author of Russia’s Futures. While it is impossible to predict the future, we can nevertheless anticipate certain outcomes. Writing the book Russia’s Futures, I was aware that professionals in the field of what used to be called Soviet studies were heavily criticised for failing to… Read More

by Svend Brinkmann , author of The Joy of Missing Out

We live in a world full of choice and temptation, where we are constantly bombarded with invitations, in the broadest sense of the word, via everything from street advertising to social media. We are constantly invited to do something, … Read More

Terrible predictions…

In 1879, the magnificently named Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff MP met with a little known German journalist called Karl Marx. According to Francis Wheen’s biography, Sir Mountstuart, in a letter he wrote shortly after the meeting, was of the opinion that, although Marx was a nice chap: … Read More

by Pascal Porcheron

It’s September 2006 and the author of this piece is sitting in their first Literature class. The professor begins the class by asking us, ‘why are you here? What’s the point of studying Literature?’ Chaos ensues, as we soon discover that we have never interrogated the ‘why’—we … Read More

By Richard Howells

Visual culture is one of those things that seems to get only more relevant in an increasingly visual age. It also helps explain why my and Joachim Negreiros’s Visual Culture has now gone into its third edition with Polity.

When the first edition came out in 2003, … Read More

13DEC'18
By Thomas Kemple Georg Simmel’s writings are comparable in importance to those of Marx, Weber and Durkheim. And yet, with the recent completion of the 24 volumes of his collected works we are only just beginning to understand the vastness and variety of his ideas. With an emphasis on the… Read More
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