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A call by an indigenous researcher for the decolonizing of research methods, which critically examines the historical and philosophical base of Western research. The book provides a literature which validates frustrations with various Western paradigms, academic traditions and methodologies.
‘A text of broad intellectual reach and political depth … Smith offers us a radical liferaft for sailing through treacherous waters of colonial science; at once a radical manifesto and a sweet delicate text.’
– Professor Michelle Fine, City University New York
Revised and expanded, this work remains an essential guide to anyone with an interest in gender, sexuality, and the relationship between feminism and queer theory.
‘In wonderfully accessible and penetrating analyses, Marinucci makes the case that feminist and queer theory are inseparable allies, or should be.’
– Marjorie Jolles, Roosevelt University
This updated and expanded edition is a classic development text which has both defined and changed its field. Rist provides a complete and powerful overview of what the idea of development has meant throughout history, tracing its origins in the Western view of history, through the early stages of the world system to the rise of US hegemony.
‘A much needed corrective to the work of the cheerleaders of the newly globalized order. This book does an outstanding job.’
– Jan Knippers Black, Journal of Developing Areas
In this radically updated and greatly expanded edition, Keen builds on his scathing critique of conventional economic theory while addressing the causes of recent financial crises.
‘Economics still awaits its Darwin. Keynes came close, but not close enough. Keen comes closer still. Economics, like biology used to be, remains mostly faith-based. No book poses a bigger threat to that faith than the second and expanded edition of Debunking Economics.’
– Edward Fullbrook, Editor, Real World Economics Review
An accessible, eye-opening account that fundamentally challenges mainstream accounts of economic growth in Africa.
‘A highly readable and absolutely devastating critique of an increasingly extensive and influential body of work by economists seeking to explain “what’s wrong with Africa”.’
– Professor James Ferguson, Stanford University
‘Morten Jerven provides a valuable reminder of the need not just to cite statistics but to question them.’
– Financial Times
This collection of essays focuses on the changes in global politics occurring in the period after the end of the Cold War, and even more so, after the 9/11 attacks.
‘Original, eloquent, challenging and hopeful, Richard Falk is always worth reading.’
– W. Michael Reisman, Yale Law School
‘Richard Falk’s new book is an absolute must read for anyone seeking to understand power shifts in the world order and our human condition in the early 21st century.’
– Stephen Gill, author of Power and Resistance in the New World Order
Jacques Bidet presents the first synthesis of Foucauldian and Marxist theory, constituting a twenty-first century paradigm shift in political and philosophical thinking.
‘Bidet’s careful and detailed staging of the intersections of these two quite different bodies of theory is an indispensable exercise.’
– Fredric Jameson, author of Marxism and Form
‘In this important work, Bidet shows with patient and piercing insight why it is necessary to link Foucault with Marx … in order to make sense of the contemporary world.’
– Nick Srnicek, co-author of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work
In this now classic text, environmentalist icon Vandana Shiva outlines a bold and compelling vision for a world liberated from our dependence on fossil fuels and globalization.
‘One of the world’s most prominent radical scientists.’
– The Guardian
‘Shiva is a burst of creative energy, an intellectual power.’
– The Progressive
An eye-opening account of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the crucial role of local communities in containing the spread of the disease.
‘The first serious attempt to grapple with some of the practical as well as epistemological questions posed by the local response to the outbreak.’
– The Economist
‘A must-read for all involved in epidemics, epidemiology and public health.’
The first book to empirically and theoretically explore news circulation in a post-industrial urban context, looking at how identities and differences are mediated through news, how people engage with a city and what the flow of news looks like.
‘Drawing on a nuanced conception of what cities are and why they matter, The Mediated City takes seriously the idea that urban communication has shifted drastically in the digital age … This is an important book.’
– Chris Anderson, author of Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age