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

By Michel Edwards

Stand first: While cultures of protest are strong, other parts of civil society are getting weaker, with calamitous results.

Town hall meeting on health care reform in West Hartford, Connecticut, September 2 2009. Wikimedia Commons/Sage Ross. GNU Free Documentation License.

Every five years I squirrel … Read More

By Kathleen Lennon & Rachel Alsop

We are living in troubled times for those seeking to promote gender equality. Despite progress in women’s rights, and the recognition of gay marriage and the chance to legally change assigned gender identity in some places, there is alongside a backlash against gained gender … Read More

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election, Barack Obama’s farewell speech raised a warning that “for too many of us it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods, or on college campuses, or places of worship, or especially our … Read More

By Éloi Laurent

On September 18th, 16 years old climate activist Greta Thunberg appeared before the United States House of Representatives. When asked to submit a formal version of her inaugural statement, she replied that she would be giving lawmakers a copy of the IPPC special report on … Read More

By Mary Talbot

Language and Gender first appeared in 1998. The opportunity to produce a third edition has been a challenge, but a very welcome one. The field has continued to be vibrant. In constant development, it has seen significant shifts since the book’s initial publication twenty years ago. The … Read More

By Gil Eyal

I grew up not far from the Mediterranean coast. As kids, going to the beach, we were warned by the adults about those hidden whirlpools that sometimes formed not far off the shore. We were told that if we happened to be swept into one of these, … Read More

By Shannon Sullivan

Once you start looking, you can hardly go a day without seeing white privilege. It often is there even when you don’t see it, but sometimes it jumps out at you. Just last week, for example, in the metro area of Charlotte, North Carolina, an acquaintance of … Read More

By Callum Cant

Capitalism isn’t just one static form of society. Instead, it is a system of social relations that constantly shapeshifts in the pursuit of profit – from cotton mills to car factories and call centres. 

These recompositions come about as a result of the contradictions between the two … Read More

by Graham Harman

“Formalism” is one of those words that arises frequently in a number of fields, though rarely with a clear or agreed-upon sense of what it means. Even so, formalism remains a negatively charged word in the visual arts, while in literary studies there have recently been tentative … Read More


By William J. Prior

Socrates is one of the most important individuals in Western civilization, but who was he? We know some facts about him: he was born about 469 BCE, he was a citizen of Athens who lived during her “Golden Age” and her defeat in the Peloponnesian War, … Read More

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