Saving the soul of our universities – Pluto’s manifesto for resistance out now!

John Pilger: "This book calls us to arms"
Clare Soloman: "This manifesto will play a huge role in providing alternatives"
Neal Lawson: "This book explains what's happening to higher education and what we can do about it"
Paul Gilroy: "Essential reading for anybody seeking to understand the crisis in British education and the forces that produced it"

Nearly a year on from the great student protests and occupations of 2010, we are proud to release The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance, edited by Michael Bailey and Des Freedman.

With contributions from academics and students who are directly involved in the movement, The Assault on Universities is a contribution to the struggle for the soul of our higher education system. As well as offering an incisive critique of government policy, the book looks at what kind of university we should be fighting for, and considers strategies to take the campaign forward in the new academic year.

The book is also the launch-pad the ‘Manifesto for Higher Education’ which puts forward concrete alternative proposals to the governments agenda. Already over 500 people have added their names including: John McDonnell MP, John Pilger, Professor Richard Sennett, Neal Lawson (chair of Compass), Professor Ernesto Laclau, Nick Davies (journalist who exposed phone-hacking at the News of the World), Professor Nancy Fraser and China Mieville (award winning author). To view the demands of the Manifesto and to add your name visit the campaign website.

We have a number of other great books releasing this month across a range of topics. Tim Beal’s Crisis in Korea: America, China and the Risk of War explores the tensions between north and south Korea and how these fit in to the wider geo-political picture. Henry Heller’s The Birth of Capitalism: A 21st Century Perspective kicks off our new series ‘The Future of World Capitalism’ by looking at the contemporary relevance of the debates between the ‘big beasts’ of Marxist history over the transition from feudalism to capitalism. Finn Bowring’s Hannah Arendt: A Critical Introduction considers Arendt’s ideas in relation to major thinkers such as Marx, Weber, Habermas and Foucault and assesses the relevance of her views on totalitarianism, the public sphere and political responsibility. Sandra Wallman’s The Capability of Places is a major anthropological study drawing on decades of research which looks at how different communities cope with diverse external threats to their social and environmental life.

The Assault on Universities

A Manifesto for Resistance

Edited by Michael Bailey and Des Freedman

Sharp, informed essays take on the governments agenda of university cuts and fee increases, and outline an alternative manifesto for higher education.

“The corporatising of universal education is one of the most insidious and dangerous attacks on the very notion of human rights. This book calls us to arms. Every student, every educator who cares should read it.” – John Pilger

“This is an essential book. The future of our universities is up for grabs and the manifesto will play a huge role in providing alternatives at a time when the government says there aren’t any.” – Clare Solomon, President of the University of London Union (ULU) 2010-2011 and editor of Springtime (2011)

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

Crisis in Korea

America, China and the Risk of War

Tim Beal

Balanced and deeply informed study of the increasingly volatile relations between North and South Korea and US concern about the rise of China.

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

The Birth of Capitalism

A 21st Century Perspective

Henry Heller

Fresh intervention into the historical debate over the transition from feudalism to capitalism. Considers the past and possible future of capitalism.

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

Hannah Arendt

A Critical Introduction

Finn Bowring

A careful and comprehensive study introducing the ideas of Hannah Arendt to students in the social sciences.

“Hannah Arendt: A Critical Introduction presents an original and highly developed perspective on the influence of Arendt’s thinking on the social sciences, just as scholars in a number of related disciplines are beginning to rethink the relevance of Arendt’s work beyond political theory.” – Dimitris Papadopoulos, Reader in Sociology and Organisation at the University of Leicester and co-author of Escape Routes (Pluto, 2008)

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

The Capability of Places

Methods for Modelling Community Response to Intrusion and Change

Sandra Wallman

Explores how we can measure and compare the resilience of communities, looking in detail at neighbourhoods in London, Rome and Zambia.

“Fieldwork, comparison, team collaboration, longitudinal research – all in one study, and one book! There is a sophisticated ethnographic eye, and a productive synthesis of perspectives from social anthropology and related fields. As anthropologists renew their methodology, to face widening practical and theoretical challenges, they can learn much from Sandra Wallman’s team.” – Ulf Hannerz, Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University and author of Cultural Complexity (1992), Transnational Connections (1996) and Anthropology’s World (Pluto, 2010).

“This book is a helpful combination of academic analysis and practical insights. It should be useful to anyone seeking to empower communities to act for public health or local development.” – David Nabarro, United Nations Special Representative on Food Security and Nutrition

£21.99 only £19.50 on the Pluto site

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