New books from Pluto in January – It’s the Political Economy, Stupid / Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity / The Horn of Africa / Contesting Publics

Good morning radicals and book-lovers! It’s been a lovely holiday season has it not? Chestnuts roasting on the fireplace, children tobogganing gleefully with tired fathers in tow, carol singing and merriment amidst the winter snow … Yes indeed, you could shut your eyes and picture all of that as you traversed the thunderstorms and torrential rain that made Christmas 2012.

Perhaps the cheerless weather will have made you a hermit, or maybe the prospect of an equally grim January will be what keeps you indoors. Whatever it is though, you’ll be needing steadfast companionship while we ride it out until Spring. And what better to turn to, indeed, what better to turn, than the pages of a new book?

This January Pluto brings out a fresh batch of books to get the cogs whirring… So take a look, click the links liberally, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)

It’s the Political Economy, Stupid

The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory

Edited by Gregory Sholette and Oliver Ressler

Leading critical artists and theorists analyse the current crisis of capitalism.

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity

The Frustrated Promise of Political Loyalism

Tony Novosel

Unique in-depth investigation into working-class Loyalism in Northern Ireland as represented by the UVF and RHC and their political allies.

“A significant contribution. Novosel exposes the limitation of commonly held views that loyalism was apolitical and merely sectarian. The book’s significance also lies in the depth of its scholarship. Hopefully it will remind those studying Northern Ireland that loyalists played and continue to play a significant role in peacebuilding. This warts-and-all account is a vital read.” – Professor Peter Shirlow, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast

“Novosel’s study of the UVF and its attempts to develop a politicised loyalism challenges the standard one-dimensional representation of loyalism that so dominates the media and popular imagination. A well-researched history based on extensive contacts with key players, this is a welcome addition to the emerging body of work on loyalism. A necessary, serious and informative read.” – Graham Spencer is Reader in Politics, Conflict and the Media at the University of Portsmouth, UK and author of The State of Loyalism in Northern Ireland

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site

The Horn of Africa

Intra-State and Inter-State Conflicts and Security

Edited by Redie Bereketeab. Foreword by Cyril Obi

“A highly perceptive and far-reaching analysis. Examining the relationship between inter-state and intra-state insecurities, Redie Bereketeab and his contributors traverse the complexities of this beleaguered region. Showing how conflicts have often resulted in magnified poverty, lack of leadership, inequality and political violence … the book is highly recommended, informative and enormously stimulating.
– Mohamed Salih, Professor of the Politics of Development, International Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, and at the Department of Political Science, University of Leiden, the Netherlands

£21.99 only £19.50 on the Pluto site

Contesting Publics

Feminism, Activism, Ethnography

Lynne Phillips and Sally Cole

“Taking up feminist intellectual debates over the public and private—in new ways—is especially timely as emergent publics clamor for attention. Cole and Phillips make an excellent case for interrogating why bringing private, gender-related concerns to public view has been so fractious, and why the results have frequently been mixed. This is a thought-provoking volume that promises to appeal to students and scholars, and also to a broader public of activists and intellectuals.” – Professor of Women’s Studies, Affiliate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, University of Florida

“Contesting Publics breathes new life into the public/private debate, showing how it remains crucial to thinking about the lives of women. It also critiques the rote use of ‘civil society,’ a concept which is central to most of the literature on social movements.” – Lindsay DuBois, Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University and author of The Politics of the Past in an Argentine Working-Class Neighbourhood (2005)

£60 only £54.00 on the Pluto site

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