30.09.16

Shakespeare, Society and Theatre

In this short extract from Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare esteemed historian Victor Kiernan looks at the class makeup of theatre audiences – and their expectations – in Shakespearean England

Culture and Media | 30.09.16

The alt. Media Reading List

The alt. Media reading list takes a global point of view and features books that question the very fundamentals of our understanding of the media, news and intellectual property.

Africa | 30.09.16

South Africa’s Insurgent Students

Amidst an air of distrust and tension, a year after the #feesmustfall movement started, South Africa’s national student protests have once again erupted. Julian Brown looks at how these students are now part of the process of remaking South Africa’s post-apartheid democracy.

Development | 29.09.16

The alt. Development Reading List

The alt. Development reading list features classics of alternative and critical development studies, addressing issues of colonialism, racism in development, gender in development as well as the effects of climate change.

Philosophy | 28.09.16

The Marx/Foucault Difference

In Foucault with Marx Jacques Bidet examines and unites the philosophies of the two great thinkers, one of who focused on class, while the other looked at power. In this short extract the author begins by looking at some of the differences between the two men.

Zed | 27.09.16

The alt. University Reading List

With a looming high-stakes US election, the rise of the European far right and ongoing humanitarian crises, the new academic term is the time to tackle the underlying political, institutional and social causes head on.

Asia | 26.09.16

‘I cannot afford to die’: The Tragedy of King Bhumibol

The Thai Royal Family is riven by scandal and intrigue, from the unexplained death of the King’s elder brother to the Crown Prince’s many rumoured liaisons and escapades. Andrew MacGregor Marshall recounts their scandalous history in this extract from his banned book A Kingdom in Crisis, an account of the struggle for democracy in Thailand

Africa | 23.09.16

The alt. Africa Reading List

Take a look at the alt. Africa reading list and equip yourself with classic works of African history, culture and African current affairs.

Environment | 23.09.16

Sacred Cow or Sacred Car?

In this extract from Soil, Not Oil, Vandana Shiva questions the long-term environmental and economic impact of India’s burgeoning love affair with the motorcar

Zed | 21.09.16

Spring/Summer 2017

Take a look at our new titles catalogue and feed your mind for Spring/Summer 2017 with books from the world’s most important alternative voices.

Business | 21.09.16

A Broken System

Christian Felber examines our economic and business system, showing how humans are far from the centre of modern commerce. In this extract from his book, Felber asks whether it is possible to change the way capitalism works – and produce an ‘Economy for the Common Good’

Race and Indigenous Politics | 12.09.16

Why another Royal Commission ?

Australia’s ABC’s 4 Corners program has directed the world’s attention to horrific violations occurring in Australia’s Northern Territory’s juvenile justice system. Leaked images taken from inside Don Dale Youth Detention Centre showed that Aboriginal boys as young as 13 had endured forms of torture comparable to the abuses committed against inmates of Abu Ghraib prison.

Philosophy | 12.09.16

Found in Translation

Hamid Dabashi discusses how translation can enhance philosophical texts, rather than detract from their meaning, in this short extract from Can Non-Europeans Think?

Asia | 09.09.16

Mao’s Life after Death

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Chairman Mao. In this extract from their book on resurgent Maoist currents in modern China, China and the New Maoists, Kerry Brown and Simone Van Nieuwenhuizen examine how Mao’s legacy, as both man and symbol, has shaped China in the years since his death

Culture and Media | 08.09.16

Disinformed is Disenfranchised

How does mass media inform and structure democratic engagement with the political system? In this extract from Beasts and Gods Roslyn Fuller examines the historical link between the media and political engagement, and looks at its future in the digital age

Current Affairs | 07.09.16

Asia’s New Battlefield

Richard Javad Heydarian looks at China’s seemingly ever-growing economic clout, its evolving security doctrine, its attempt to control one of the world’s busiest sea lines and its ‘hijaking’ of ASEAN.

Environment | 07.09.16

Women Feed the World, Not Corporations

Vandana Shiva is “one of the world’s most prominent radical scientists” Guardian. In her book Who Really Feeds the World? she answers the question with a number of seemingly small players who nonetheless are the real drivers of global agriculture: bees, small-scale farmers, localization and more. In this short extract she looks at the unacknowledged powerhouses of food production: women

History | 06.09.16

Bourgeois Fisticuffs

In this fascinating extract from The Duel in European History, the acclaimed historian Victor Kiernan places the duel into its proper context, with feudalism collapsing, the birth of modern capitalism, and the rise of elitism within the bourgeois order

09.08.16

Introducing ZED

To launch Zed’s new website, we’ve posted hundreds of extracts and chapters from some of our most recent titles, from Assata Shakur to Nawal El Saadawi