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The peer-reviewed Studies in Critical Social Science book series offers insights into the current reality by exploring the content and consequence of power relationships under capitalism, by considering the spaces of opposition and resistance to these changes that have been defining our new age.

Modern Capitalism began the 21st Century seemingly victorious as the dominant social and economic organizing principle in the world. Rampant re- and de-regulation accompanied a wholesale attack on social, economic and political gains of the prior century under the guise of increasing competitiveness and the need to respond to the forces of globalization. The end of the cold war, the decline of the former Soviet Union, and the increasing foothold of capitalism in China all point to an unchallenged reorientation of the global political economy to reflect this ascendence of capitalist social relations.

The peer-reviewed Studies in Critical Social Science book series, through the publication of original manuscripts and edited volumes, offers insights into the current reality by exploring the content and consequence of power relationships under capitalism, by considering the spaces of opposition and resistance to these changes that have been defining our new age.

  • Western Europe, Eastern Europe and World Development 13th-18th Centuries

    Edited by Jean Batou and Henryk Szlajfer
    Collected together, and in many cases translated, for the first time, this volume contains the key essays of Marian Malowist
  • Weaving Transnational Solidarity

    Weaving Transnational Solidarity traces the threads of social justice spun by international activists stretching from Chiapas to the Catskills
  • Utopia and the Dialectic in Latin American Liberation

    A stirring Marxist-Humanist analysis of recent liberation struggles waged by indigenous communities across Latin American.
  • The Underground Church

    In response to the conservative backlash against Vatican II liberal american catholics have rallied to defend its content.
  • Trouble in the University

    In this incisive critique of corruption throughout higher education, Schwartz draws on extensive research into New Jersey’s University of Medicine.
  • Transforming Globalization

    Examines the emergence of the movement of resistance that has arisen to challenge neoliberal globalization.
  • Towards a Dialectic of Philosophy and Organization

    Philosophically engaging, and practically oriented, this book asks whether philosophic clarity can account for effective revolutionary organizational practice.
  • Theory in Action

    An invaluable guide for scholars and researchers looking to develop and practically apply critical social theory
  • Theorizing Globalization

    Theorizing Globalization offers a reassessment of mainstream perspectives on globalization, providing essential insights into an enormously popular field of study.
  • The Supranatural Corporation

    Far from being regulated by them, Corporations have outgrown national borders and the states meant to keep them in check.
  • Sub-Imperalism Revisited

    A theoretically rigorous examination of the claims of dependency theory in a world increasingly dominated by regional superpowers.

  • Stateless Citizenship

    In this provocative and compelling work Shourideh Molavi documents the legal plight of Palestinians living inside of Israel.
  • State Capitalism, Contentious Politics and Large-Scale Social Change

    Though it never went away, State capitalism is back en-vouge. This book looks at it's role in Europe and Asia.
  • Social Structures of Direct Democracy

    A stirring, grounded, and scholarly case for Direct Democracy as the route to a more just society.
  • Social Change, Resistance and Social Practices

    From post-Katrina struggles to Muslim women refusing to unveil, the logic of a new generation of protest is emerging
  • Settlement Sociology in Progressive Years

    The roots of sociology as a public enterprise for social-reform are restored through early research, teaching and social advocacy.
  • Russia: From Proletarian Revolution to State-Capitalist Counter-Revolution

    A sweeping introduction to the thought of one of the 20th century’s most important Marxist-Humanist philosophers: Raya Dunayevskaya

  • Rethinking Private Higher Education

    In-depth ethnographic studies of universities as rapidly evolving, key contemporary institutions, interrogating in particular the fast-growing private sector
  • The Reproductive Bargain

    An insightful analysis of gender relations’ role in the Japanese economy’s transition from unstoppable growth to inescapable stagnation.
  • Religious Fundamentalism in the Middle East

    Moaddel and Karabenick analyze fundamentalist beliefs and attitudes across nations, faith, and ethnicity, using comparative survey data.
  • Religion and the New Atheism

    Scholars from a diverse array of disciplines critically appraise the intellectual fad championed by Richard Dawkins and his co-thinkers.
  • Reinventing Race, Reinventing Racism

    Though far from a 'post-racial' society, the form of race and racism in the U.S. has changed over the years.
  • Race and Ethnicity

    Edited by Rodney D. Coates
    Scholars dare to contemplate, to evaluate, and analyze issues regarding race and ethnicity today.
  • Profitable Ideas

    O'Flynn demonstrates the way that liberal ideas have served the interests of capitalist development from their very beginning.
  • Power and Resistance

    Two of the left’s most important academics analyze the politics and economics of US imperialism’s relationship with Latin America.
  • The Poverty of Work

    This study takes readers inside the world of temping to discover a type of work dreadfully insecure yet growing rapidly.
  • Politics of Precarity

    A study of precarity as both a condition and a mobilizing force for resistance in migrant communities across the globe
  • The Origins of Collective Decision Making

    With invaluable insight and poignant analysis, Blunden traces the hidden origins of three paradigms of decision-making: Counsel, Majority, and Consensus.
  • A New Kind of Public

    This engaging and original work argues that modern Hollywood was forged in the fires of class struggle and economic inequality
  • Neoliberalism?s Fractured Showcase

    Edited by Ximena de la Barra
    Neoliberalism has dominated Chile for 35 consecutive years. In this collection prominent Chilean experts assess its impact and offer alternatives.
  • Neoliberalism and National Culture

    Despite many claims to the contrary, Québec and Canada demonstrate the continued importance of state institutional authority, even under Neoliberalism
  • The Neoliberal Pattern of Domination

    Capitalism has always dominated our lives. In its Neoliberal phase this domination takes on new forms which are explored here.
  • NASCAR, Sturgis, and the New Economy of Spectacle

    A brilliant and compelling application of the analytic tools of Critical Theory to NASCAR and Motor Cycle rallies.
  • Modernity and Terrorism

    Zafirovski and Rodeheaver attempt to redefine contemporary terrorism (state and individual) as stemming from a deep opposition to modernity.
  • Modern Colonization by Medical Intervention

    Good intentioned or not, Modern Colonization by Medical Intervention documents the often pernicious effect of physicians on the colonial project.
  • Mobilizing Public Sociology

    Mobilizing Public Sociology combines theory and scholarly perspectives with a grassroots approach to challenges that [email protected] immigrants face in the U.S.

  • Messages from George Simmel

    Simmel's influence on Sociology has been immense. This volume aims to re-examine that legacy and draw lessons for today's scholars.
  • Media and Left

    Edited by Savas Çoban
    This engaging collection examines the contradictory nature of the media, revealing it to be democracy’s greatest asset and greatest threat.
  • Max Weber's Theory of Personality

    Widely considered the founding-father of Sociology, Sarah Farris's excellently argued book shows that Max Weber was also deeply orientalist.
  • Marxist Class Theory for a Skeptical World

    A persuasive and thorough response to those fashionable social theorists who challenge both the explanatory and emancipatory power of ‘class.’
  • Marxism and Criminology: A History of Criminal Selectivity

    A thought-provoking survey of the lessons criminologists should learn from Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
  • Marx's Scientific Dialectics

    This book brings new insight to the methodological principles that animate Marx's writings
  • Marx, Critical Theory, and Religion

    This collection of essays brings together scholars who use Marxist frameworks to analyze religion.
  • Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism

    Leading scholars of digital media and internet studies examine what Marx and his political economy have to offer their disciplines.
  • Marx and the Politics of Abstraction

    Paolucci convincingly argues that by mixing political and scientific analysis, Marx yields a method closest to that of scientific inquiry.
  • Marx and the Political Economy of the Media

    Leading scholars of media and communication studies examine what Marx and his political economy have to offer their disciplines.
  • Malcolm X

    An engaging examination of the religious and political philosophy of one of the most important African-American thinkers of the 20th-century
  • Liberal Modernity and Its Adversaries

    The book rediscovers and defends liberal democracy from its conservative adversaries.
  • Labour Markets, Identities, Controversies

    Tom Brass takes the lessons drawn by Development Studies and deftly applies them to metropolitan capitalist nations.

  • Labor Régime Change in the Twenty-First Century

    Conventional wisdom holds that Capitalism depends on the exploitation of 'free labor.' This volume challenges those ideas.
  • Labor Conflict and Capitalist Hegemony in Argentina

    A compelling case study of the impacts of Neoliberalism on Argentina’s auto industry.
  • Islam in a Post-Secular Society

    Byrd uses Critical Theory to reject the ‘clash-of-civilizations’ thesis, and compellingly argue for the compatibility of Islam and secularism.
  • "Is the Turk a White Man?"

    A critical study of race, racialization and representation in the context of Turkish modernization
  • An Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity

    An immanent critique of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, the pschychology originating from Lev Vygotsky
  • Industrial Colonialism in Latin America

    Confronting the critical problems of Latin American development, this volume expertly roots these challenges in the structures of colonialism.
  • In the Hotel Abyss

    Adorno is often celebrated as among the most important cultural-theorists. This volume argues that his theoretical perspectives were deeply flawed.
  • Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and Social Struggles in Latin America

    This collection of works by prominent Latin Americanists explores the region's move beyond the neoliberal era
  • Imperialism, Crisis and Class Struggle

    An intellectual and political tribute to James Petras
  • Identifying a Free Society

    An important proposal for a rubric by which to measure the freeness of a given society.

  • Hybrid Identities

    This book presents studies of types of hybrid identities: transnational, double consciousness, gender, diaspora, and beyond.
  • Human Rights, Hegemony, and Utopia in Latin America

    In their stirring analysis Pérez-Bustillo and Hernández Mares explore the evolving relationship between hegemonic and counter-hegemonic visions of human rights.
  • God, Guns, Gold and Glory

    The past, present and future of Puritanism as a defining feature of the American social character
  • Globalizing Cultures

    Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this volume examines the way cultures and individuals oppose, resist and re-center globalization.
  • Globalization, Violence and World Governance

    International law has failed to promote and protect the rights of society in the face of the neoliberal agenda
  • Globalization and the Environment

    The articles in this volume examine how the capitalist world-economy impacts the natural world.
  • The Future of Work

    Sotelo offers an insightful analysis of the paradigmatic transformation of labor relations under neoliberalism.
  • The Future of Religion

    Edited by Michael R. Ott
    Is religion any longer relevant or meaningful in the globalizing development of society and its subjects?
  • Fair and Affordable Housing in the US

    An analysis of the origins, nature, and direction of attacks lodged against fair and affordable housing policy in the U.S.
  • Faces of State Terrorism

    Terrorism is usually discussed as the actions of individuals. This book argues that Governments carry out most acts of terrorism.
  • Extractive Imperialism in the Americas

    In this wide-ranging volume two leading scholars of the region critically examine the new extractive-imperialism bearing down on the Americas
  • European Bloc Imperialism

    Debates on contemporary imperialism have focused on the U.S., to the exclusion of E.U. countries, this book corrects these trends
  • Eros and Revolution

    In Eros and Revolution, Javier Castro presents a comprehensive intellectual and political biography of the world-renowned critical theorist Herbert Marcuse
  • The Entropy of Capitalism

    Capitalism sews chaos throughout society with crises and wars. In the twenty-first century it has begun feeding on this entropy.
  • Engaging Social Justice

    Edited by David Fasenfest
    As the economic crisis continues, social-movements North and South have arisen to challenge the neo-liberal policies that have immiserated generations.
  • Empires and Walls

    Usually viewed as a symbol of imperial might, Chaichian argues that Walls better fit as signs of an empire's decline.
  • Economic Nationalism and Globalization

    Szlajfer interprets economic nationalism as a significant world-wide phenomenon intimately linked with the birth, development and crisis of capitalist modernity
  • The Dialectics of the Religious and the Secular

    Edited by Michael R. Ott
    The contemporary world is riven by antagonisms between the religious and secular realms of society. But is this tension necessary?
  • A Dialectical Pedagogy of Revolt

    Creatively weaving insights from Gramsci and Vygotsky, this volume offers a unique perspective on the Egyptian Revolution.
  • Dialectic of Solidarity

    A unique, multidimensional view of the political imagination of the American worker during World War II.
  • The Dialectic of Position and Maneuver

    An illuminating examination of the role that the metaphors ‘war of position’ and ‘war of maneuver’ play in Gramsci’s theory.
  • The Destiny of Modern Societies

    Elaborating on the Weberian method, Milan Zafirovski reveals that Calvinism's influence on America stretches far beyond free market capitalism
  • Culture, Power, and History

    Theoretical meditations and empirical studies of the intersection of culture, power and history in social life.
  • The Cuban Revolution as Socialist Human Development

    Already examined from many angles, this is an attempt to analyze the Cuban revolution as a model of socialist-human development.
  • Critique of Rationality

    A fascinating rectification for the distortion of technical necessity in Western Society due to unbridled instrumental reason
  • Critical Practice from Voltaire to Foucault, Eagleton and Beyond

    This volume aims to answer why so much 'critical' intellectual activity can be done with so little impact.
  • Crisis, Politics and Critical Sociology

    In order to understand the forces that created our social world, we need the tools provided by a critical sociology.
  • Crisis of Capitalism

    Taking capitalism as a world system for his starting point, Vasapollo illustrates our economic system's contradictions and tendency toward crisis.
  • Covert Racism

    Edited by Rodney D. Coates
    Covert racism, subtle in application, often appears hidden by norms of association, affiliation, group membership and/or identity.
  • Constructing Marxist Ethics

    Bringing together leading Marxist thinkers from various fields, this important volume aims to lay the basis for a Marxist ethics.
  • Confronting Gouldner

    An important new appraisal of one of the 20th century’s most important activist sociologists.
  • Concepts

    Drawing on the work of renowned psychological theorist Lev Vygotsky, Blunden extends his work begun with Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity
  • Come Hell or High Water

    In this insightful new book Destrooper examines the relationship between revolutionary politics and feminist struggles in Latin America.
  • Collaborative Projects

    Edited by Andy Blunden
    ‘Projects’ shape nearly every aspect of our lives, and yet this concept is rarely examined. This book changes that.
  • Class, Culture, and the Agrarian Myth

    Using examples from different historical contexts, this book examines the relationship between class, nationalism, modernity and the agrarian myth.
  • China: Promise or Threat?

    An insightful socio-cultural analysis of the differences in Chinese and Western relationships to the public and the private spheres.
  • Capitalism's Future

    This book outlines conjoined critiques of commodity-fetishism and authority fetishism as the emancipatory agenda of 21st century critical theory.
  • Capital Accumulation and Migration

    An important and ground breaking work on the importance of migration in the context of development studies
  • The Apprentice's Sorcerer

    Far from being diametrically opposed, this provocative book convincingly argues that Fascism is indelibly linked to the liberal tradition.
  • Anarchy and Society

    Sociology and anarchism share many common interests—although often interpreting each in differently—including community, solidarity, feminism, restorative justice, and social domination
  • American Anarchism

    A convincing argument that the legacy of American Anarchism, far from being an antiquated relic, remains relevant to the present.
  • The Agrarian Seeds of Empire

    An innovative discussion of the influence of agrarian movements on the process of US state building between 1840 and 1980.
  • The Age of Knowledge

    This volume argues that to understand knowledge itself requires analyzing the social and historical context from which said knowledge springs.