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


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

Health and Medicine | 09.08.16

On the Economies of Care

In his book The Health of Nations Gavin Mooney looks at the the intersection of power, economics and health provision across the world. This chapter, taken from the book, outlines his arguments on the political economy of care

Anthropology | 09.08.16

Colonizing the Disciplines

In this extract from Decolonizing Methodologies, Linda Tuhiwai Smith talks racism and the colonisation of the disciplines, highlighting the vital importance of academic freedom

Sociology | 09.08.16

Telling Truth Through Fiction

In this chapter from Revolution, Rebellion and Resistance the author Eric Selbin looks at narrative, storytelling and history, and how they help resistance movements across the world create meaning for struggle

Philosophy | 09.08.16

Marx and Nation

In this extract from an expansive survey of Marx’s ideas in our own age, Ronaldo Munck examines the phenomena of nations and nationhood in a Marxist context

Africa | 26.07.16

The Ng’ombe Litter Pirates

Garth Myers looks at postcolonialism and urbanism through the story of waste in the Zambian city of Lusaka in this excerpt from African Cities

Africa | 26.07.16

School Among the Baobabs

In this extract from Thank You Madagascar: The Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly, Jolly recounts David Attenborough visiting Madagascar, and her time in the ‘school among the baobabs’

Cities | 26.07.16

From Heaven’s Branch to Urban Hell

How has crime – and the governments response – shaped Caracas in the past 40 years? An extract from Violence and Resilience in Latin American Cities by Dirk Kruijt and Kees Koonings

Cities | 26.07.16

Women and the Informal Economy in Urban Africa

Women are in the majority as economic players in African cities. So why is their labour and business so often written out of economic accounts? In an extract from Women and the Informal Economy in Urban Africa Mary Kinyanjui asks important questions of the economic role of women

Sociology | 26.07.16

Farewell Santa Claus

Why work? It’s a question we all ask ourselves. In this extract from The Refusal of Work David Frayne meets those who have made a decision to break free of work, and those who struggle to do so

Philosophy | 26.07.16

Fuck You Žižek!

Hamid Dabashi draws a sharp line in the sand between European and post-colonial philosophers in this provocative introduction to Can Non-Europeans Think?