The nation-state is in crisis, neoliberalism is in crisis, so what will be the fate of mulitculturalism? Journalist Gary Younge has the answer.
To celebrate John Berger’s 90th birthday on the 5th November, ZED, Verso, Penguin and Smokestack Books are teaming up to offer a fantastic prize for Berger fans old and new.
We speak to Page May, co-founder of the Chicago based group Assata’s Daughters, about Black Youth Project 100, protesting on Martin Luther King day, getting organised and most importantly, getting free.
The legacy of Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai’s life is a crucial reminder that peace on earth depends on our ability to secure our living environment.
Clare Land looks at how since the late 1960s Aboriginal people in Australia have, as part of the Black Power movement, pressed for change.
Leymah Gbowee’s rise from social worker to Nobel Peace Laureate paved the way for the first elected female president in Africa in 2006. Here we take a look at her life and work.
“I understood very quickly that I had to grow up tough” Benjamin Zephaniah in his own words, on growing up a black boy in 1970’s Britain.
Asia | 14.10.16
Andrew MacGregor Marshall, author of A Kingdom in Crisis the book banned in Thailand last year, outlines the official mourning process for the king who died last week after 70 years on the throne and considers the uncertain future the nation now faces.
What do we mean when we talk about the “LGBTQ community”? Are we really describing a subculture? In this extract from his book Sex, Needs and Queer Culture, David Alderson questions the language we use to describe minority groups.
This week’s shock result in Colombia’s referendum on a prospective peace agreement between the Colombian state and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrillas has left the peace process in tatters. What were the roots of the conflict that led the revolutionary group to take up arms over 50 years ago?
In this introduction to Year of Fire, Year of Ash, his recently republished history of the Soweto Uprising of 1976, Baruch Hirson explains the history of violence and of political organising in the township in the months and years preceding the student revolt that shook the apartheid regime.
The alt. Health and Medicine reading list features books that focus on health as a fundamental human right and link ill-health across the globe to patterns of inequality, injustice, access to medicine and a changing climate.
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
The alt. Philosophy reading list is the antidote to the mono, the di and the intersection.
The alt. Politics reading list focuses on shifting global power dynamics and the liberal West’s obsession with borders, hemispheres and war.
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.
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.
The alt. Environment reading list features books from some of the world’s most famous politically engaged environmentalists, ecologists and biologists.
In this extract from A Radical History of Development, Uma Kathari considers the colonial legacy of contemporary development practice.
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.
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.
The alt. Economics reading list is the go-to reading list for all serious students of heterodox economics.
Srila Roy looks at new forms of feminist activism being engaged in by young women, subaltern women and queer women in South Asia, and beyond, calling on us to reconsider what we mean by ‘radical’ political engagement.
The alt. Gender reading list featuring award winning books on gender and migration, gender and sexual violence, gender and war as well as radical feminist and queer theory.
And what does debt teach? In this extract from Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power Max Haiven shatters the notion of the university as meritocracy.
The first of the alt. University Reading Lists, featuring vital books on race, indigenous politics, postcolonialism and decolonization.
Zed | 27.09.16
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
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
Take a look at the alt. Africa reading list and equip yourself with classic works of African history, culture and African current affairs.
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