Pain: A Sociological Introduction

Whenever I mention that I have written a book on the sociology of pain the most common reaction is “What is the connection between sociology and pain?” This was also the initial reaction of many students whom I taught on pain management programmes and courses, which was one of the … Read More

Neoliberalism: Key Concepts

Why we wrote the book.

By Damien Cahill and Martijn Konings

There are plenty of books on neoliberalism, so why write another one? Indeed, each of us have written plenty about neoliberalism in the past – so write add to this already massive literature?

The answer is simple – because … Read More

What is the History of Emotions?

By Barbara H. Rosenwein and Riccardo Cristiani

Aren’t emotions the same now as they have always been? Weren’t they hardwired in us from the Stone Age on? The answer to both questions is a simple No. Psychologists, neuropsychologists, historians, and sociologists are increasingly recognizing the mutability of human emotional life. … Read More

Sex Media

Sex sells. Our world has been pornified. Culture is sexualized and it’s making our children grow up too quickly. Porn is everywhere. Porn changes your brain. There is an epidemic of porn addiction. Porn is a public health crisis. Sexting is a growing problem. Raunch culture is damaging girls. Virtual … Read More

Green Utopias

In the shadow of looming climate crisis and political failures to tackle climate change in the wake of the Paris climate agreement it might seem that there is not much hope around for a better, greener future. But visions of sustainable and satisfying societies have emerged in strange places over … Read More

Beyond Gridlock in World Politics


Deepening interdependence, due in part to the success of the postwar order, has created structural gridlock in world politics and contributed to an anti-global backlash across the world. Beyond Gridlock shows how we can nonetheless work toward a fairer, safer, greener, and more prosperous world by finding pathways of change Read More

New book explores impact of social media on hospice patients


Daniel Miller is the author of The Comfort of People, a new book featuring the stories of hospice patients and their use of social media. Here he explains how the book took shape.

The primary topic of this book is the social universe of the hospice patient. Potentially this … Read More

A History of Childhood, 2nd Edition

I welcomed the opportunity to produce a second edition of A History of Childhood for Polity, given that it is now sixteen years since the original first appeared. The new edition retains the aim of writing a wide-ranging introduction to the history of childhood, going back to the early medieval … Read More

The Future of Intelligence

Intelligence – meaning collecting needed information, usually by secret methods and then analyzing thiscollection to determine its meaning – is both very well-known and very little understood. In the United States, at least, hardly a day goes by without some mention or discussion of intelligence in the media. So, at … Read More

Intelligence – meaning collecting needed information, usually by secret methods and then analyzing thiscollection to determine its meaning – is both very well-known and very little understood. In the United States, at least, hardly a day goes by without some mention or discussion of intelligence in the media. So, at … Read More