Forthcoming Books

Asia-Africa Development Divergence
A Question of Intent
(Paperback)
David Henley
12 February 2015

Why have South-East Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam been so successful in reducing levels of absolute poverty, while in African countries like Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania, despite recent economic growth, most people are still almost as poor as they were half a century ago?

This book presents a simple, radical explanation for the great divergence in development...

Clothing Poverty
The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-hand Clothes
(Paperback)
Andrew Brooks
12 February 2015

Have you ever stopped and wondered where your jeans came from? Who made them and where? Ever wondered where they end up after you donate them for recycling?

Following a pair of jeans, Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a vivid around-the-world tour to reveal how clothes are manufactured and retailed, bringing to light how fast fashion and clothing recycling are interconnected....

The Lords of Human Kind
European Attitudes to Other Cultures in the Imperial Age
(Paperback)
Victor Kiernan
12 February 2015

When European explorers went out into the world to open up trade routes and establish colonies, they brought back much more than silks and spices, cotton and tea. Inevitably, they came into contact with the peoples of other parts of the world and formed views of them occasionally admiring, more often hostile or contemptuous.

Using a stunning array of sources - missionaries'...

Africa Uprising
Popular Protest and Political Change
(Paperback)
Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly
12 March 2015

From Egypt to Ethiopia, Sudan to South Africa, Uganda to Nigeria, a new force is emerging to push for political change across Africa: popular protest. The continent is seeing widespread urban uprisings by youth, the unemployed, organized labour, civil society activists, writers, artists, and religious groups, all challenging political injustice and economic inequality. What is driving this new...

An Alternative Labour History
Worker Control and Workplace Democracy
(Paperback)
Dario Azzellini (Ed.)
12 March 2015

The global financial crisis has led to a new shop floor militancy. Radical forms of protest and new workers' takeovers have sprung-up all over the globe. In the US, Republic Windows and Doors started production under worker control in January 2013, later that year workers in Greece took over and managed, on their own, a hotel, a hospital, a newspaper, a TV channel and a factory.

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Male Daughters, Female Husbands
Gender and Sex in an African Society
(Paperback)
Ifi Amadiume, Foreword by Pat Caplan
12 March 2015

In 1987, more than a decade before the dawn of queer theory, Ifi Amadiume wrote Male Daughters, Female Husbands, to critical acclaim.

This compelling and highly original book frees the subject position of 'husband' from its affiliation with men, and goes on to do the same for other masculine attributes, dislocating sex, gender and sexual orientation. Boldly arguing that the...

Marxism and Feminism
(Paperback)
Shahrzad Mojab
12 March 2015

Global events such as economic crisis, social unrest and militarization affect women disproportionately; however women are also leading struggles against oppression and exploitation around the world.

In the context of a renewed interest in Marxist theory among many women activists and academics, Marxism and Feminism reassesses previous debates and seeks to answer pressing...

Nothing to Lose But Our Fear
(Paperback)
Fiona Jeffries
12 March 2015

Our 24/7 lives are saturated with round-the-clock fear. Scare-tactic headlines fill our homes and our public spaces. If it's not the war on terror, it's the new war on the middle class. Crisis is the new black, as catastrophe after casualty after crash shape the order of the day.

We Have Nothing to Lose but our Fear delivers a counter blow to this rampant culture of fear fuelled...

Planet Dialectics
Explorations in Environment and Development
(Paperback)
Wolfgang Sachs, Foreword by Susan George
12 March 2015

All effects of human action will inevitably be played out within our planet's limits; any hope of infinity is an illusion. And yet, as Wolfgang Sachs warned almost twenty years ago, environmental concerns have been assimilated into the rhetoric, dynamics and power structures of development.

This classic collection of trenchant and elegant explorations address the crisis of the...

Spaces of Aid
How Cars, Compounds and Hotels Shape Humanitarianism
(Paperback)
Lisa Smirl
12 March 2015

Aid workers commonly bemoan that the spaces and experiences of working in 'the field' often sit uneasily with the goals they've signed up to: from visiting project sites in air-conditioned Land Cruisers while the intended beneficiaries walk barefoot through the heat, to checking emails from within gated compounds while surrounding communities have no running water.

While such...

Thank You, Madagascar
The Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly
(Hardback)
Alison Jolly
12 March 2015

Madagascar is one of the world's natural jewels, with over ninety per cent of its wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. Few people knew it better than the pioneering primatologist and conservationist, Alison Jolly. Thank You, Madagascar is her eyewitness account of the extraordinary biodiversity of Madagascar, and the environment of its people.

At the book's heart is a conflict...

The 1% and the Rest of Us
A Political Economy of Dominant Ownership
(Paperback)
Tim Di Muzio
12 March 2015

While the Occupy movement faces many strategic and organizational challenges, one of its major accomplishments has been to draw global attention to the massive disparity of income, wealth and privilege held by 1% of the population in nations across the world. In The 1% and the Rest of Us, Tim Di Muzio explores what it means to be part of a socio-economic order presided over by the super-rich...

Africa's New Oil
Power, Pipelines and Future Fortunes
(Paperback)
Celeste Hicks
9 April 2015

In recent years, technological advances, higher commodity prices and an insatiable global thirst for energy have meant that African oil is increasingly in demand. Countries as far apart as Niger, Uganda, Chad, Ghana and Kenya are looking at the prospect of almost unimaginable flows of money into their national budgets.

But the story of African oil has usually been associated with...

Another World Is Possible
Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum
(Paperback)
William Fisher and Thomas Ponniah (Eds)
9 April 2015

In 2001 the first World Social Forum was held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The meeting was viewed by many at the time, as a new manifestation of the global Left, a people's opposition to the World Economic Forum which stood as the first real front to global capitalism since the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, many activists and intellectuals on the left have become deeply critical of the...

Breathing Space
The Natural and Unnatural History of Air
(Paperback)
Mark Everard
9 April 2015

In this book Mark Everard argues that governments and citizens too often take the air we breathe for granted. Air and the wider atmosphere are vital in protecting us from radiation, maintaining climate and weather patterns, dispersing water, seeds, and pollen, and in serving as a source of alternative energy.

Breathing Space overturns conventional thinking on the atmosphere, and...