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

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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Over the past 50 years, butterfly and moth populations have declined by more than 80 per cent. The population of the majestic Western monarch butterfly, with its beautiful black and orange wings, plummeted by 86% between late 2017 and late 2018 in coastal areas … Read More

‘With the breadth of a biographer, the depth of a philosopher, and the vision of a poet, Elvira Basevich gives us a compelling elucidation of W. E. B. Du Bois’s radical liberalism. This is essential reading for understanding why Du Bois still matters!’


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Conspiracy theories thrive on misfortune. As soon as it became clear that Trump was losing the election, a torrent of conspiracy theories flooded the media claiming that vote-counting machines were rigged to favour Biden and that Trump was the victim of a conspiracy by big media, big tech and big … Read More

By Ruth Lister

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed and aggravated the economic insecurity experienced by a growing number of members of society.  This may encourage greater understanding of the acute insecurity typically experienced by people living in poverty.  On reflection, I realised that the question of insecurity was a serious … Read More

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