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

“Careful historical research…this new book is a vital corrective to the conservative claim that immigrants ‘take jobs’ from American workers.”
–Hon. Pramila Jayapal, U.S. House of Representatives

In her timely and provocative new book Immigrant Labor and the New Precariat, sociologist Ruth Milkman argues that mass immigration is the effect, … Read More

By Hannah Cross

By spring 2020, the coronavirus pandemic had led to the sudden recognition that a diverse body of precarious and underpaid workers on the ‘frontline’ is essential. Nearly three-quarters of undocumented immigrants in the US, an estimated five million people, are doing jobs ‘essential to the nation’s Read More

By Ariel I. Ahram

The Biden administration confronts a Middle East where chaos reigns, both in  popular imagination and in policy discussions. President Trump repeatedly described the Middle East as suffering “absolute chaos.” The UAE Foreign Minister opined that “perpetual resistance and sectarian extremism have delivered a deadly and decades … Read More

By Anna Coote and Aidan Harper

Shorter working time should be at the heart of post-pandemic recovery. That’s the message of The Case for a Four Day Week, published by Polity Press this autumn.  It sets out why reduced working time is good for human wellbeing, for the natural … Read More

‘The world is an unfolding suffering,’ said Michel Houellebecq, expressing in his own way an axiom that he had come across in the work of Schopenhauer. When Houellebecq stumbled upon a copy of Schopenhauer’s Aphorisms in a library in Paris in his mid-twenties, he was bowled over by it: in
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By Nicholas Abercrombie

Human beings evaluate each other and the events and contents of their social world in different ways.  They make judgments using moral or aesthetic criteria or they can use the yardstick of money.  At the same time, people worry that monetary valuations are replacing those that are … Read More

By Tim Ingold

I could not have known, as I composed the miniature essays assembled in Correspondences, what troubles this year would bring. I didn’t even know, while putting the finishing touches to the text in the days leading up to last Christmas, that the mysterious fever I had … Read More

By Rachel Hammersley

The nature and merits of republican government has long been a contested issue. This is true both in countries governed as republics, such as the US, and in those that are not, including the UK. In the former, discussion tends to centre on whether current practices are … Read More

Why I wrote How to Fight Inequality, and who I wrote it for

By Ben Phillips

For decades, many governments and corporations would quickly shoo out the door people who came to them to recommend policies to tackle inequality. Such an agenda, they would tell us, was simply out … Read More

Originally published on openDemocracy here.

By Giorgos Kallis, Susan Paulson, Giacomo D’Alisa and Federico Demaria

The pandemic has lain bare the fragility of existing economic systems. Wealthy nations have more than enough resources to cover public health and basic needs during a crisis, and could weather declines in … Read More

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