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Polity Press

Works: 752 works in 864 publications in 1 language and 1,466 library holdings
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Classifications: HM51, 301
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Most widely held works by Polity Press
The Polity reader in gender studies( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays cover the major theoretical debates about the nature of female and male identity. The book offers a variety of analyses of gender in the context of different forms of social and cultural activity. Each section is preceded by a summary and description of the articles concerned
Democracy and dictatorship : the nature and limits of state power by Norberto Bobbio( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume examines some of the central themes of political theory, and presents a systematic exposition of his views
Populism by Benjamin Moffitt( Book )

3 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Populism is the key political phenomenon of the 21st century. From Trump to Brexit, from Chávez to Podemos, the term has been used to describe leaders, parties and movements across the globe who disrupt the status quo and speak in the name of 'the people' against 'the elite'. Yet the term remains something of a puzzle: poorly understood, vaguely defined and, more often than not, used as a term of abuse. In this concise and engaging book, leading expert Benjamin Moffitt cuts through this confusion. Offering the first accessible introduction to populism as a core concept in political theory, he maps the different schools of thought on how to understand populism and explores how populism relates to some of the most important concepts at the heart of political debate today. He asks: what has populism got to do with nationalism and nativism? How does it intersect with socialism? Is it compatible with liberalism? And in the end, is populism a good or bad thing for democracy? This book is essential reading for anyone - from students and scholars to general readers alike - seeking to make sense of one the most important and controversial issues in the contemporary political landscape. --
Philosophy smackdown by Douglas Edwards( )

2 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hulk Hogan and Socrates wrestle with the big ideas"--
Totalitarianism by David D Roberts( )

2 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David Roberts outlines the contours and history of totalitarianism"--
The posthuman by Rosi Braidotti( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2019 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Posthuman offers both an introduction and major contribution to contemporary debates on the posthuman. Digital 'second life', genetically modified food, advanced prosthetics, robotics and reproductive technologies are familiar facets of our globally linked and technologically mediated societies. This has blurred the traditional distinction between the human and its others, exposing the non-naturalistic structure of the human. The Posthuman starts by exploring the extent to which a post-humanist move displaces the traditional humanistic unity of the subject. Rather than perceiving this situation as a loss of cognitive and moral self-mastery, Braidotti argues that the posthuman helps us make sense of our flexible and multiple identities. Braidotti then analyzes the escalating effects of post-anthropocentric thought, which encompass not only other species, but also the sustainability of our planet as a whole. Because contemporary market economies profit from the control and commodification of all that lives, they result in hybridization, erasing categorical distinctions between the human and other species, seeds, plants, animals and bacteria. These dislocations induced by globalized cultures and economies enable a critique of anthropocentrism, but how reliable are they as indicators of a sustainable future? The Posthuman concludes by considering the implications of these shifts for the institutional practice of the humanities. Braidotti outlines new forms of cosmopolitan neo-humanism that emerge from the spectrum of post-colonial and race studies, as well as gender analysis and environmentalism. The challenge of the posthuman condition consists in seizing the opportunities for new social bonding and community building, while pursuing sustainability and empowerment
Discourse and social change by Norman Fairclough( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attempting to combine social theory and linguistics, Fairclough shows how the study of language can take account of issues of social structure and change, such as the relations of power and ideology. Designed to be of use to researchers and advanced students, it contains many examples of discourse
The three worlds of welfare capitalism by Gøsta Esping-Andersen( Book )

3 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few discussions in modern social science have occupied as much attention as the changing nature of welfare states in Western societies. Gøsta Esping-Andersen, one of the foremost contributors to current debates on this issue, here provides a new analysis of the character and role of welfare states in the functioning of contemporary advanced Western societies. Esping-Andersen distinguishes three major types of welfare state, connecting these with variations in the historical development of different Western countries. He argues that current economic processes, such as those moving toward a postindustrial order, are shaped not by autonomous market forces but by the nature of states and state differences. Fully informed by comparative materials, this book will have great appeal to all those working on issues of economic development and postindustrialism. Its audience will include students of sociology, economics, and politics
Communicating the future : solutions for environment, economy and democracy by W. Lance Bennett( Book )

2 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A star scholar's treatise on how communication studies can lead to positive environmental change"--
The social structures of the economy by Pierre Bourdieu( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The late Pierre Bourdieu's study challenges the assumptions of orthodox economic theory by showing how the market is effectively constructed by the state. He contends that supply, demand, the market and even the buyer are products of a process of social construction
The welfare state reader( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes 20 selections, reflecting the thinking and research in welfare state studies, these readings are organized around a series of debates - on welfare regimes, globalization, Europeanization, demographic change and political challenges
Governing the present : administering economic, social and personal life by Peter Miller( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The literature on governmentality has had a major impact across the social sciences over the past decade, and much of this has drawn upon the pioneering work by Peter Miller and Nikolas Rose. This volume will bring together key papers from their work for the first time, including those that set out the basic frameworks, concepts and ethos of this approach to the analysis of political power and the state, and others that analyse specific domains of the conduct of conduct, from marketing to accountancy, and from the psychological management of organizations to the government of economic life. Bringing together empirical papers on the government of economic, social and personal life, the volume demonstrates clearly the importance of analysing these as conjoint phenomena rather than separate domains, and questions some cherished boundaries between disciplines and topic areas. Linking programmes and strategies for the administration of these different domains with the formation of subjectivities and the transformation of ethics, the papers cast a new light on some of the leading issues in contemporary social science modernity, democracy, reflexivity and individualisation. This volume will be indispensable for all those, from whatever discipline in the social sciences, who have an interest in the concepts and methods necessary for critical empirical analysis of power relations in our present." --P. [4] de la couv
What's wrong with the WTO and how to fix it by Rorden Wilkinson( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We need a world trade organization. We just don't need the one that we have. By pitching unequally matched states together in chaotic bouts of negotiating the global trade governance of today offers - and has consistently offered - developed countries more of the economic opportunities they already have and developing countries very little of what they desperately need. This is an unsustainable state of affairs to which the blockages in the Doha round provide ample testimony. So far only piecemeal solutions have been offered to refine this flawed system. Radical proposals that seek to fundamentally alter trade governance or reorient its purposes around more socially progressive and egalitarian goals are thin on the ground. Yet we eschew deeper reform at our peril. In What's Wrong with the World Trade Organization and How to Fix It Rorden Wilkinson argues that without global institutions fit for purpose, we cannot hope for the kind of fine global economic management that can put an end to major crises or promote development-for-all. Charting a different path he shows how the WTO can be transformed into an institution and a form of trade governance that fulfils its real potential and serves the needs of all.--
Stuff by Daniel Miller( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2019 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Things make us as much as we make things. And yet, unlike the study of languages or places, there is no discipline devoted to the study of material things. This book shows why it is time to acknowledge and confront this neglect and how much we can learn from focusing our attention on stuff." "The book opens with a critique of the concept of superficiality as applied to clothing. It presents the theories that are required to understand the way we are created by material as well as social relations. It takes us inside the very private worlds of our home possessions and our processes of accommodating. It considers issues of materiality in relation to the media, as well as the implications of such an approach in relation, for example, to poverty. Finally, the book considers objects which we use to define what it is to be alive and how we use objects to cope with death." "Based on more than thirty years of research in the Caribbean, India, London and elsewhere, Stuff is nothing less than a manifesto for the study of material culture and a new way of looking at the objects that surround us and make up so much of our social and personal life."--Jacket
The end of American world order by Amitav Acharya( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2019 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues the US has lost the ability to shape world order after its own interests and image, and will be replaced with a system that offers a choice of ideas, power, and leadership offered by regional forces and both old and emerging powers
History and social theory by Peter Burke( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the use of social theory to historians, and of history to social theorists? In clear and energetic prose, a preeminent cultural historian here offers a far-reaching response to these deceptively simple questions. Peter Burke reviews the emergence of the fields of history and social science and traces their tentative convergence as he reappraises the relations between them. Burke first examines what uses historians have made - or might make - of the models, methods, and concepts of the social sciences, and then analyzes some of the intellectual conflicts that are at the heart of the tension between history and social theory. Throughout, he draws from a broad range of cultures and periods to illustrate how history, in turn, has been used to create and validate social theories. This new edition brings the book up to date with the addition of examples and discussions of new topics such as social capital, globalization, and postcolonialism." -- Publisher's website
Visual culture by Richard Howells( Book )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2019 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first part of the book is concerned with differing theoretical approaches to visual analysis, and includes chapters on iconology, form, art history, ideology, semiotics and hermeneutics. The second part shifts from a theoretical to a medium-based approach and comprises chapters on fine art, photography, film, television and new media. These investigate the complex relationship between reality and visual representation."--Publisher's description
Strangers at our door by Zygmunt Bauman( Book )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Refugees from the violence of wars and the brutality of famished lives have knocked on other people's doors since the beginning of time. As our TV screens and newspapers are filled with accounts of a 'migration crisis' a feeling of fear spreads that some evil threatens the well-being of society. Bauman analyses the origins, contours and impact of this moral panic, and shows how politicians have exploited fears and anxieties that have become widespread. He argues that the policy of mutual separation, of building walls rather than bridges, is misguided
Sociology by Anthony Giddens( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition contains much new material. All the empirical materials have been brought up to date. There are new sections, covering issues ranging from ethnic struggles and changes in class structure through to eating disorders and the expanding impact of information technology
The lure of technocracy by Jürgen Habermas( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the past 25 years, Jürgen Habermas has presented what is arguably the most coherent and wide-ranging defence of the project of European unification and of parallel developments towards a politically integrated world society. In developing his key concepts of the transnationalization of democracy and the constitutionalization of international law, Habermas offers the main players in the struggles over the fate of the European Union - the politicians, the political parties and the publics of the member states - a way out of the current economic and political crisis, should they choose to follow it
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The Polity reader in gender studies
Discourse and social changeThe three worlds of welfare capitalismThe social structures of the economyThe welfare state readerGoverning the present : administering economic, social and personal lifeStuffHistory and social theoryVisual cultureSociology
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