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

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’