Polity blog posts highlight new and recent books published by us, often with the comments and views of the authors themselves.
By Yanjie Bian
This book is about the social logic of how China works. The focus of analysis is on guanxi, the Chinese expression of personalized social relations. Personal and social relations are important in every culture and society because people live and work in the contexts of these relations. … Read More
By Karin Wahl-Jorgensen
As a scholar of media and politics, I have long been struck by an apparent contradiction in our understanding of political life: On the one hand, Western societies have historically taken a dim view of emotion, and its impact on political life. We have tended to see … Read More
By Ronald L. Mize
In the lead up to the 2018 US midterm elections, echoes of the 2016 vitriol that swept self-avowed ‘nationalist’ Donald Trump into the presidency are now focused on the ‘migrant caravan’. Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric has culminated in a new commercial aired on national television on the … Read More