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Studies in Critical Social Sciences
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.
  • Hybrid Identities

    This book presents studies of types of hybrid identities: transnational, double consciousness, gender, diaspora, and beyond.
  • Dialectic of Solidarity

    A unique, multidimensional view of the political imagination of the American worker during World War II.
  • Liberal Modernity and Its Adversaries

    The book rediscovers and defends liberal democracy from its conservative adversaries.
  • 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?
  • Marx's Scientific Dialectics

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

    This collection of essays brings together scholars who use Marxist frameworks to analyze religion.
  • Globalization and the Environment

    The articles in this volume examine how the capitalist world-economy impacts the natural world.
  • Culture, Power, and History

    Edited by Patricia Arend, Abigail Brooks, et al.
    Theoretical meditations and empirical studies of the intersection of culture, power and history in social life.
  • Transforming Globalization

    Edited by Bruce Podobnik, Thomas Reifer, et al.
    Examines the emergence of the movement of resistance that has arisen to challenge neoliberal globalization.
  • Race and Ethnicity

    Edited by Rodney D. Coates
    Scholars dare to contemplate, to evaluate, and analyze issues regarding race and ethnicity today.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • An Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity

    An immanent critique of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, the pschychology originating from Lev Vygotsky
  • Imperialism, Crisis and Class Struggle

    An intellectual and political tribute to James Petras
  • Profitable Ideas

    O'Flynn demonstrates the way that liberal ideas have served the interests of capitalist development from their very beginning.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • The Apprentice's Sorcerer

    Far from being diametrically opposed, this provocative book convincingly argues that Fascism is indelibly linked to the liberal tradition.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Weaving Transnational Solidarity

    Weaving Transnational Solidarity traces the threads of social justice spun by international activists stretching from Chiapas to the Catskills
  • 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.
  • Globalization, Violence and World Governance

    International law has failed to promote and protect the rights of society in the face of the neoliberal agenda
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Crisis of Capitalism

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

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

    Terrorism is usually discussed as the actions of individuals. This book argues that Governments carry out most acts of terrorism.
  • The Underground Church

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

    Drawing on the work of renowned psychological theorist Lev Vygotsky, Blunden extends his work begun with Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity
  • 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.
  • Capital Accumulation and Migration

    An important and ground breaking work on the importance of migration in the context of development studies
  • Theorizing Globalization

    Theorizing Globalization offers a reassessment of mainstream perspectives on globalization, providing essential insights into an enormously popular field of study.
  • 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
  • Messages from Georg Simmel

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

    Edited by John J Betancur, John J. Betancur, et al.
    Though far from a 'post-racial' society, the form of race and racism in the U.S. has changed over the years.
  • Religious Fundamentalism in the Middle East

    Moaddel and Karabenick analyze fundamentalist beliefs and attitudes across nations, faith, and ethnicity, using comparative survey data.
  • Modernity and Terrorism

    Zafirovski and Rodeheaver attempt to redefine contemporary terrorism (state and individual) as stemming from a deep opposition to modernity.
  • The Supranatural Corporation

    Far from being regulated by them, Corporations have outgrown national borders and the states meant to keep them in check.
  • Stateless Citizenship

    In this provocative and compelling work Shourideh Molavi documents the legal plight of Palestinians living inside of Israel.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • American Anarchism

    A convincing argument that the legacy of American Anarchism, far from being an antiquated relic, remains relevant to the present.
  • Industrial Colonialism in Latin America

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

    Adorn is often celebrated as among the most important cultural-theorists. This volume argues that his theoretical perspectives were deeply flawed.
  • 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.
  • Empires and Walls

    Usually viewed as a symbol of imperial might, Chaichian argues that Walls better fit as signs of an empire's decline.
  • Come Hell or High Water

    In this insightful new book Destrooper examines the relationship between revolutionary politics and feminist struggles in Latin America.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Social Structures of Direct Democracy

    A stirring, grounded, and scholarly case for Direct Democracy as the route to a more just society.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Dialectical Pedagogy of Revolt

    Creatively weaving insights from Gramsci and Vygotsky, this volume offers a unique perspective on the Egyptian Revolution.
  • Constructing Marxist Ethics

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

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

    Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this volume examines the way cultures and individuals oppose, resist and re-center globalization.
  • 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.
  • The Reproductive Bargain

    An insightful analysis of gender relations’ role in the Japanese economy’s transition from unstoppable growth to inescapable stagnation.
  • 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.
  • Eros and Revolution

    In Eros and Revolution, Javier Castro presents a comprehensive intellectual and political biography of the world-renowned critical theorist Herbert Marcuse
  • 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.
  • Labor and Capitalist Hegemony in Argentina

    A compelling case study of the impacts of Neoliberalism on Argentina’s auto industry.
  • Confronting Gouldner

    An important new appraisal of one of the 20th century’s most important activist sociologists.
  • Utopia and the Dialectic in Latin American Liberation

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

    Sotelo offers an insightful analysis of the paradigmatic transformation of labor relations under neoliberalism.
  • Capitalism's Future

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

    An engaging examination of the religious and political philosophy of one of the most important African-American thinkers of the 20th-century
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "Is the Turk a White Man?"

    A critical study of race, racialization and representation in the context of Turkish modernization
  • China: Promise or Threat?

    An insightful socio-cultural analysis of the differences in Chinese and Western relationships to the public and the private spheres.
  • Politics of Precarity

    A study of precarity as both a condition and a mobilizing force for resistance in migrant communities across the globe
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Poverty of Work

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

    An invaluable guide for scholars and researchers looking to develop and practically apply critical social theory
  • God, Guns, Gold and Glory

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

    A fascinating rectification for the distortion of technical necessity in Western Society due to unbridled instrumental reason