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
Zed | 21.09.16
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.
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’
How did the legacy of Parisian city official Baron Haussmann feed modernist dreams of the perfect flow of traffic?
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Paul Richards draws on his on-the-ground experiences in Sierra Leone to discuss the relationship between ritual and medicine in the fight against the Ebola virus