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

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

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’

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?

Cities | 26.07.16

Occupied Squares, Societies in Movement

The “squares movement”, from the Middle East to Spain, revealed a new relationship with urban spaces. In this extract from Common Space Stavros Stavrides explores the questions raised by the new protest movements

Cities | 26.07.16

Inside the Ghost Cities

Across China strange replicas of European towns lie empty. In this extract from Ghost Cities of China Wade Shepard explores these fascinating and uncanny urban centres

Environment | 26.07.16

Why Women Will Save the Planet

Caroline Lucas MP describes how the pioneering German Green MP Petra Kelly inspired her to take action into her own hands in this chapter from Why Women Will Save the Planet

Asia | 26.07.16

A Normal Day in Pyongyang

The closed nature of North Korea has hidden much of the everyday life of people in Pyongyang. In North Korea: State of Paranoia Paul French gives an idea of the day-to-day life of the city

Culture and Media | 26.07.16

In those jeans…

Andrew Brooks recalls the birth of denim and looks at the working class-to-classless history of jeans, in this short extract from Clothing Poverty

Environment | 26.07.16

Thank You, Madagascar

“I thought these diaries couldn’t be published for twenty years or so until my friends were old and gray and would not care what I said about them. Twenty years have more than passed. My friends are old and gray and feistier than ever. Now I think it is time to tell you my story of a time when conservationists thought we could save the world—or at least Madagascar.”

Environment | 26.07.16

Food

Julian Agyeman looks at the challenges in creating a socially just food system in Just Sustainabilities

Environment | 26.07.16

The Fat Planet

Are climate change and obesity linked? In this excerpt from The Energy Glut Ian Roberts and Phil Edwards explain how and why they are indeed.

Politics and International Relations | 26.07.16

What is Democracy?

Why are modern democratic system suffering a crisis of legitimacy – and can Athenian democracy offer us a model for political change? Roslyn Fuller explores the future of representation in this extract from the introduction to Beasts and Gods: How democracy changed its meaning and lost its purpose

Middle East | 26.07.16

The Arab Spring

In his preface to The Arab Spring, Hamid Dabashi sets out the revolutionary consciousness that drove the upsurge in popular unrest across the Middle East and North Africa

Environment | 26.07.16

Fat People or Fat Populations?

Moral outrage about obesity is a red herring. Instead, we should be focusing on the environmental factors behind national diets, argue Ian Roberts and Phil Edwards