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

By Rupert Read.

Whereas there was a period at the start of the year where some ‘climate experts’ were criticising some of us for discussing how to prepare for or soften potential societal breakdown due to environmental strains, the return of rapid rises in carbon emissions after last year’s Covid … Read More

Pride events might not be running as usual this year, but that’s not the only way to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. Here is a list of our recommended reading list this Pride.

1. Trans America by Barry Reay

Barry Reay explores the history of trans people in America: rich in
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By Diane Perrons

Austerity seemed to end in 2020 as governments around the world spent unprecedented amounts of public money to address the Covid-19 pandemic. So why ask now whether austerity is gendered?

There are three key reasons. First, the cuts in health and social services during the preceding era … Read More

By Stuart Elden

Foucault published the book best-known by the title History of Madness in 1961. It was his principal doctoral thesis, but the requirements for this were substantially greater than those of a modern PhD. As well as History of Madness, which stretched to almost 700 pages in … Read More

By Kengo Miyazono & Lisa Bortolotti

Research in the philosophy of psychology is expanding rapidly and the range of topics has also been increasing in recent years. We find it useful to divide research in the philosophy of psychology into two sub-areas: ‘foundational’ and ‘implicational’ philosophy of psychology.

Foundational research … Read More

The first edition of Introducing Anthropology was an exciting opportunity to bring the study of what makes us human to a wider audience. Much of the book’s success lies in its rich ethnographic evidence, suggested reading and related films along with interviews with anthropologists in the field.  These are designed … Read More

Our world today displays all the signs of impending collapse: the climate continues to heat up, wild fires burn uncontrollably, glaciers melt at an unprecedented rate, the Covid-19 pandemic refuses to die down, thousands of species face extinction. Anyone with any sense of realism knows that we’re in trouble and … Read More

By Paula Biglieri & Luciana Cadahia

Governments such as those of Trump in the United States, Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, Boris Johnson in the United Kingdom or Iván Duque in Colombia and progressive experiences in many places around Latin America or Southern Europe have turned the classic schemes to understand … Read More

As COVID-19 sweeps through our societies, farmers who rely on migrant workers are experiencing acute labor shortages. At one farm in Tennessee, every single one of its 200 employees was infected by the virus and had to isolate. Similar problems are occurring in other states and other countries, from Maine … Read More

By Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Way back in 2018, in our former world, the editors at Polity asked me if I would be interested in writing this book. I’ve thought (and sometimes written) about “early modern” for a long time, first in discussions with other historians of women and gender, and then … Read More

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