by Ulrich Beck
The euro crisis is tearing Europe apart. But the heart of the matter is that, as the crisis unfolds, the basic rules of European democracy are being subverted or turned into their opposite, bypassing parliaments, governments and EU institutions. How did this happen? The anticipation of the European catastrophe has already fundamentally changed the European landscape of power. It is giving birth to a political monster: a German Europe.
Anti-Establishment Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party
by Robert B. Horwitz
Contemporary American conservatism practices a politics that is disciplined, uncompromising, utopian, and enraged, seeking to “take back our country”. This is “anti-establishment conservatism”, whose origin can be traced back to the right wing that battled both the reigning post-World War II liberal consensus and the moderate, establishment Republican Party. This book examines the nature of anti-establishment conservatism, traces its development from the 1950s to the Tea Party, and explains its political ascendance.
Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis
Greece and the Future of Europe
by Costas Douzinas
“In a passionate revival of the classical concept of fearless speech, Douzinas offers a cri de ceour for intellectual engagement and ethical responsibility in the face of the Eurozone crisis.”
Peter Goodrich, Cardozo School of Law, New York
by Jerry Toner
Rome has been famous throughout history for its great triumphs. Yet Rome also suffered colossal disasters. From the battle of Cannae, where fifty thousand men fell in a single day, to the destruction of Pompeii, to the first appearance of the bubonic plague, the Romans experienced large scale calamities. This insightful book is the first to treat such disasters as a conceptual unity. It illustrates how the resilience of their political and cultural system allowed the Romans to survive the impact of these life-threatening events.
Believe and Destroy
Intellectuals in the SS War Machine
by Christian Ingrao
There were eighty of them. They were young, clever and cultivated; they were barely in their thirties when Adolf Hitler came to power. Their university studies in law, economics, linguistics, philosophy and history marked them out for brilliant careers. They chose to join the repressive bodies of the Third Reich, especially the Security Service (SD) and the Nazi Party’s elite protection unit, the SS. Based on extensive archival research, Christian Ingrao tells the gripping story of these children of the Great War, focusing on the networks of fellow activists, academics and friends in which they moved, studying the way in which they envisaged war and the “world of enemies” which, in their view, threatened them.
A Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century
by Luc Ferry
In this book Luc Ferry shows how the quiet rise of love as the central value in modern societies has created a new principle of meaning and a new definition of the good life that requires a completely different kind of philosophical thinking.
The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse
Save the Earth, Punish Human Beings
by Pascal Bruckner
The planet is sick. Human beings are guilty of damaging it. We have to pay. Today, that is the orthodoxy throughout the Western world. Concern about the environment is legitimate, but catastrophism transforms us into cowering children. In this sharp and contrarian essay on one of the greatest issues of our time, Bruckner argues that rather than preaching catastrophe and pessimism, we need to develop a democratic and generous ecology that addresses specific problems in a practical way.
The Ironic Spectator
Solidarity in the Age of Post-Humanitarianism
by Lilie Chouliaraki
“Lilie Chouliaraki is the Aristotle of mediated humanitarianism. With empirical finesse and theoretical bite, she shows how compassion for distant suffering turned from pity into glitz. And yet she defends theatricality as a potential moral force if checked by critical self-awareness. This book casts desperately needed light onto media and morality today.”
John Durham Peters, University of Iowa
by Brad Evans
"Illustrates with sophisticated critical poise the ethical and political stakes of the contemporary attempts at securing planetary life. In doing so, the need to think beyond the failures of liberal humanism becomes altogether more urgent and pressing."
Simon Critchley, The New School for Social Research
The Politics and Experience of Listening in the Media Age
by Kate Lacey
Listening Publics restores listening to media history and to theories of the public sphere. In so doing it opens up profound questions for our understanding of mediated experience, public participation and civic engagement. Taking a cross-national and interdisciplinary approach, the book explores how listening publics have been constituted in relation to successive media technologies from the invention of writing to the digital age. It asks how new practices of listening associated with sound and audiovisual media transform a public world forged in the age of print.
by Rosi Braidotti
“This is an exciting and important text, full of intellectual brilliance and insight. It will make a major mark.”
Henrietta L. Moore, University of Cambridge
The Loss of Sensitivity in Liquid Modernity
by Zygmunt Bauman & Leonidas Donskis
The distinctive kind of moral blindness that characterizes our societies is brilliantly analysed by Zygmunt Bauman and Leonidas Donskis through the concept of adiaphora: the placing of certain acts or categories of human beings outside of the universe of moral obligations and evaluations. Adiaphora implies an attitude of indifference to what is happening in the world – a moral numbness. In a life where rhythms are dictated by ratings wars and box-office returns, where people are preoccupied with the latest gadgets and forms of gossip, in our “hurried life” where attention rarely has time to settle on any issue of importance, we are at serious risk of losing our sensitivity to the plight of the other.
The Dark Side of Modernity
by Jeffrey C. Alexander
“Jeffrey Alexander has looked unflinchingly at the dark side, not holding it to be the only truth about modernity, but an inescapable aspect of it. His new book is indispensable for anyone who wants to look at modernity whole.”
Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeley and co-author of Habits of the Heart
by Tariq Modood
“This important book is an authoritative and subtle analysis as well as a robust and well-argued defence of multiculturalism. It cuts through much conceptual fog surrounding the subject, and shows why multiculturalism in some form is a necessary precondition of social cohesion.”
Lord Bhikhu Parekh, University of Westminster
Current Perspectives in Žižek Studies
edited by Jamil Khader & Molly Anne Rothenberg
“The wide-ranging scope and impressive eclecticism of this collection captures the dazzling spirit and dizzying letter of its topic: Žižek Now carries the innovative character and challenging symptoms of Slavoj Žižek’s theoretical achievement and political provocation.”
Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck University of London
Dispossession: The Performative in the Political
by Judith Butler & Athena Athanasiou
Dispossession describes the condition of those who have lost land, citizenship, property, and a broader belonging to the world. This thought-provoking book seeks to elaborate our understanding of dispossession outside of the conventional logic of possession, a hallmark of capitalism, liberalism, and humanism. Can dispossession simultaneously characterize political responses and opposition to the disenfranchisement associated with unjust dispossession of land, economic and political power, and basic conditions for living?
Politics in the Age of Austerity
edited by Wolfgang Streeck & Armin Schäfer
In a world of increasing austerity measures, democratic politics comes under pressure. With the need to consolidate budgets and to accommodate financial markets, the responsiveness of governments to voters declines. However, democracy depends on choice. Citizens must be able to influence the course of government through elections and if a change in government cannot translate into different policies, democracy is incapacitated. With contributions from leading scholars in the forefront of sociology, politics and economics, this timely book will be of great interest to students and scholars throughout the social sciences as well as general readers.
Alfred Hitchcock’s America
by Murray Pomerance
“A treasure-trove for students of film, historians, and sociologists. Written with flair and panache, Alfred Hitchcock’s America brings to the reader dazzling insights about Hitchcock’s studies of American life.”
Tom Conley, Harvard University
What’s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It
by Paul G. Harris
Governments have failed to stem global emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases causing climate change. Indeed, climate-changing pollution is increasing globally, and will do so for decades to come without far more aggressive action. What’s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It looks at climate politics as a doctor might look at a very sick patient. It performs urgent diagnoses and prescribes vital treatments to revive our ailing planet before it’s too late.
A Critical Appraisal of the Sexualization of Girls
by R. Danielle Egan
“In this persuasive and eye-opening volume, R. Danielle Egan dissects the dominant accounts of the sexualization of girls to reveal deep-seated class and race anxieties that say more about adults’ condition than those of young girls. A must-read for anyone interested in youth today.”
Juliet Schor, author of Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture