This series provides a dedicated outlet for monographs and possibly edited volumes that take alternative views on contemporary or historical China; use alternative research methodologies to achieve unique outcomes; focus on otherwise understudied or marginalized aspects of China, Chineseness, or the Chinese state and the Chinese cultural diaspora; or generally attempt to unsettle the status quo in Chinese Studies, broadly construed. There has never been a better time to embark on such a series, as both China and the academic disciplines engaged in studying it seem ready for change.

Series editors: Richard Madsen and Yangwen Zheng



The aim of Anthropology, Creative Practice and Ethnography is to provide a new forum for authors and practitioners from across the digital humanities and social sciences to explore the rapidly developing opportunities offered by visual, acoustic and textual media for generating ethnographic understandings of social, cultural and political life. It will address both established and experimental fields of visual anthropology, including film, photography, sensory and acoustic ethnography, ethnomusicology, graphic anthropology, digital media, and other creative modes of representation. It will be in offered in a range of formats including comparative and general works, monographs, edited collections and audiovisual media.

We very much look forward to hearing from authors interested in contributing to this collective adventure in contemporary ethnographic representation.

Series editors:

Faye Ginsburg
Paul Henley
Andrew Irving
Sarah Pink



Contemporary Anarchist Studies promotes the study of anarchism as a framework for understanding and acting on the most pressing problems of our times. The series publishes cutting-edge, socially engaged scholarship from around the world – bridging theory and practice, academic rigor and the insights of contemporary activism.

The topical scope of the series encompasses anarchist history and theory broadly construed; individual anarchist thinkers; anarchist informed analysis of current issues and institutions; and anarchist or anarchist-inspired movements and practices. Contributions informed by anti-capitalist, feminist, ecological, indigenous and non-Western or global South anarchist perspectives are particularly welcome. So, too, are manuscripts that promise to illuminate the relationships between the personal and the political aspects of transformative social change, local and global problems, and anarchism and other movements and ideologies. Above all, we wish to publish books that will help activist scholars and scholar activists think about how to challenge and build real alternatives to existing structures of oppression and injustice.

Information on previously published titles is available on the Bloomsbury CAS page.

Series editors: Laurence Davis (University College Cork), Uri Gordon (Loughborough University), Nathan Jun (Midwestern State University), Alex Prichard (University of Exeter)

International Editorial Advisory Board:

Martha Ackelsberg, Smith College; John Clark, Loyola University; Jesse Cohn, Purdue University; Ronald Creagh, Universite Paul Valery; Marianne Enckell, Centre International de Recherches sur l’Anarchisme; Kathy Ferguson, University of Hawaii Mānoa; Montse Feu, Sam Houston State University; Benjamin Franks, University of Glasgow; Macarena Gomez-Barris, Pratt Institute; Judy Greenway, Independent Scholar; Kēhaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University; Ruth Kinna, Loughborough University; Sho Konishi, Oxford University; Todd May, Clemson University; Anna Torres, University of Chicago; Salvo Vaccaro, Universita di Palermo; Lucien van der Walt, Rhodes University; Charles Weigl, AK Press


‘Contemporary Anarchist Studies positions anarchism squarely in the mainstream of political research and methodology. Rather than treating it as an “anti-politics” approach to political ideas and ideologies, it integrates anarchism into many of the central concerns of political theory, casting a fresh and critical look on the discipline as a whole. Employing perspectives from philosophy, ideology and history, this ambitious and important series offers rich pickings to scholars and students alike.’ Professor Michael Freeden, Oxford University and the University of Nottingham, Founding Editor of the Journal of Political Ideologies, recipient of the Isaiah Berlin Prize of the UK Political Studies Association for lifetime contribution to political studies, and author of The Political Theory of Political Thinking: The Anatomy of a Practice (2013)

‘At a time of the accelerated destruction of the environment and the increasing power of states and corporations to control the lives of people throughout the world, this anarchist series of challenging and thoughtful books could not be more timely and relevant. They not only offer an incisive critique of authoritarian things as they are but show vividly the libertarian alternative. The profoundest radical energy is now coming from anarchist theory and practice. The series should therefore be widely welcomed and discussed if we are to emerge from the present natural and political impasse.’ Peter Marshall, author of over 15 books, including Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism (2010), Nature’s Web: Rethinking our Place on Earth (1994), and Riding the Wind: Liberation Ecology for a New Era (2009)

‘This series makes a real contribution by bringing a much-neglected political tradition to the attention of scholars and activists. Anarchism has a rich past and an open future. The series editors have brought together a group of thinkers who explore both in a provocative and timely fashion.’ Professor Stephen Eric Bronner, Rutgers University, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of Global Relations at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and author of over 25 books, including Moments of Decision (2014)

‘Contemporary Anarchist Studies is an impressive and much needed series. It brings together first-rate scholarly work on the history and theory of anarchism, connects theory and practice, and clarifies the claim of the anarchist tradition to urgent contemporary relevance. With all titles available under a Creative Commons license, the series is itself an example of anarchy in action.’ Professor Stuart White, Oxford University, author of Equality (2006)

‘Contemporary Anarchist Studies is a most welcome, and timely, addition to bibliography on anarchism, political philosophy, and social movements. Anarchist theory, at its best, begins with issues confronting real people, and is written in language they can understand. The volumes in this series do just that, avoiding both obfuscation and condescension. I eagerly await the next installments!’ Professor Martha Ackelsberg, Smith College, author of Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women (2004)



The Critical Theory and Contemporary Society series aims to demonstrate the continuing relevance of multi-disciplinary research in explaining the causes of pressing social problems and indicating possible paths towards a libertarian transformation of twenty-first-century society. It builds on the ideas of first-generation critical theorists, including Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, Marcuse and Fromm, but it does not aim to provide systematic guides to the work of those thinkers. Instead, each volume focuses on ways of thinking about the political dimensions of a particular topic, from political economy and law to popular culture, globalisation, feminism, theology and terrorism. Authors are encouraged to build on the legacy of first-generation Frankfurt School theorists and their influences (Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, Weber and Freud) in a manner that is distinct from, though not necessarily hostile to, the broad lines of second-generation critical theory. The series sets ambitious theoretical standards, aiming to engage and challenge an interdisciplinary readership of students and scholars across political theory, philosophy, sociology, history, media studies and literary studies.

We welcome new book proposals for the series. Please email the commissioning editor ( or the series editors ( or for more detailed guidelines.

Series editors: David M. Berry, Professor of Digital Humanities (Media and Film), University of Sussex and Darrow Schecter, Professor of Critical Theory and Modern European History, University of Sussex



Series editors: Thomas Christiansen and Emil Kirchner



Edited by Michael Keith and Susan Parnell

Global Urban Transformations is a new book series that will bring a fresh perspective to the field of interdisciplinary urban studies. Books will be international, working within a global frame of reference, whether comparatively or through focused cases demonstrating transnational processes.

The series is informed by the past but future oriented, addressing the challenges faced by emergent cities of the 21st century. Books will appeal to a varied readership, going beyond the specialist academic reader to engage the general public and city leaders.

The series will recognize the value of different scales of analysis, commissioning work that focuses on geographies that range from trends in rapidly expanding megacity regions to the dynamics of neighbourhood change.

We welcome contributions that detail stakeholder interactions that drive urban change, including tracking the power dynamics and institutional politics between residents, civil society, the state, business or traditional authorities.

The structure of the series

We have identified a set of themes through which the series objectives might be curated. These include:

  • Rethinking the interdisciplinary: measures of value and worth in the contemporary city.
  • Urban infrastructure and the emergent city.
  • Nexus urbanism: food water energy thinking.
  • Urban health and wellbeing: public health, private city life and rethinking urban wellbeing.
  • Metropolitan inequalities: pattern, process and prognosis.
  • Urban informalities: the self-organising city.
  • The experimental urbanisms of urban intervention: new regimes of urban policy globally and the science policy interface in the contemporary city.
  • The city commons; the long term metropolis and the short term city.

Contact Commissioning Editor, Tom Dark, if you have any questions about the series, Global Urban Transformations:



Globalizing Sport Studies brings together the most innovative research in sport studies. Truly international, interdisciplinary and focusing on the latest empirical work, it will act as a hub (both online and in print) for social scientific and cultural studies in sport.

‘In my mind, this series is the most significant development in the sociology of sport in many years.’ Jay Coakley, University of Colorado, USA

Previous titles published in this series can be seen on the Bloomsbury GSS page.

Series editor: John Horne



Governing Intimacies in the Global South deploys the categories of intimacy and governance to offer novel insights into the subjects, politics and cultures of the global south. The series showcases work that speaks to the affective and intimate worlds of subjects located in Asia, Africa and Latin America while remaining attuned to governmental, social and other regulatory frames that undergird these worlds.

It seeks to bridge the gap between developmental analyses of the ‘rest of the world’, which theorise macro structures to the exclusion of the intimate, and the historical and ethnographic records of micro-settings, to allow these to speak to larger structural conditions and constraints. Emphasising the postcolonial making of gender, sexuality and race as categories of meaning and power, this series views the relation between intimacy and governance from a position of theorising from the south, contributing to a reimagining of the idea of global south itself.

Series editors

Srila Roy, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Nicky Falkof, Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Editorial board

Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney
Mónica Moreno Figueroa, University of Cambridge
Yasmin Gunaratnam, Goldsmiths, University of London
Shireen Hassim, Carleton University
Dolly Kikon, University of Melbourne
Stephen Legg, University of Nottingham
Madhavi Menon, Ashoka University
Sara Mourad, American University of Beirut
Laura Moutinho, Universidade De São Paulo
Grace Musila, University of the Witwatersrand
Jennifer C. Nash, Duke University
Sarah Nuttall, University of the Witwatersrand
Federico Navarette, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Gibson Ncube, University of Zimbabwe
Kopano Ratele, South African Medical Research Council and UNISA
Gayatri Spivak, Columbia University

See the call for proposals and contact Laura Swift for further information. See our house style guidelines and proposal form for guidance on submitting a book proposal.



Human remains and violence aims to question the social legacy of mass violence by studying how different societies have coped with the dead bodies resulting from war, genocide and state sponsored brutality. However, rather paradoxically, given the large volume of work devoted to the body on the one hand, and to mass violence on the other, the question of the body in the context of mass violence remains a largely unexplored area and even an academic blind spot. Interdisciplinary in nature, Human remains and violence intends to enlighten how various social and cultural treatments of the dead body simultaneously challenge common representations, legal practices and morality. This series aims to provide proper intellectual and theoretical tools for a better understanding of mass violence’s aftermaths in today’s societies.

This book series was created thanks to funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013) / ERC Grant Agreement n° 283-617.

Series editors: Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus



Since the very earliest studies of scientific communities, we have known that texts and worlds are bound together. One of the most important ways to stabilise, organise and grow a laboratory, a group of scholars, even an entire intellectual community, is to write things down. As for science, so for the social studies of science: Inscriptions is a space for writing, recording and inscribing the most exciting current work in sociological and anthropological – and any related – studies of science.

The series foregrounds theoretically innovative and empirically rich interdisciplinary work that is emerging in the United Kingdom and internationally. It is self-consciously hospitable in terms of its approach to discipline (all areas of social sciences are considered), topic (we are interested in all scientific objects, including biomedical objects) and scale (books will include both fine-grained case studies and broad accounts of scientific cultures).

For readers, the series signals a new generation of scholarship captured in monograph form – tracking and analysing how science moves through our societies, cultures and lives. Employing innovative methodologies for investigating changing worlds, is home to compelling new accounts of how science, technology, biomedicine and the environment translate and transform our social lives.

Series editors:

Des Fitzgerald, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Exeter
Amy Hinterberger, Reader in Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London

Editorial advisory board:

Vivette García Deister, National Autonomous University of Mexico
John Gardner, Monash University
Maja Horst, Technical University of Denmark
Robert Kirk, University of Manchester
Stéphanie Loyd, Université Laval
Alice Mah, University of Warwick
Deboleena Roy, Emory University
Hallam Stevens, Nanyang Technological University
Niki Vermeulen, University of Edinburgh
Megan Warin, University of Adelaide
Malte Ziewitz, Cornell University

Contact Tom Dark for further information. See our house style guidelines and proposal form for guidance on submitting a book proposal.



The Irish Society series provides a critical, interdisciplinary and in-depth analysis of Ireland that reveals the processes and forces shaping social, economic, cultural and political life, and their outcomes for communities and social groups. The books seek to understand the evolution of social, economic and spatial relations from a broad range of perspectives, and explore the challenges facing Irish society in the future given present conditions and policy instruments.

Series editor: Rob Kitchin



Manchester Capitalism is a series of books which follows the trail of money and power across the systems of our failing capitalism. The books make powerful interventions about who gets what and why in a research based and solidly argued way that is accessible for the concerned citizen. They go beyond critique of neo liberalism and its satellite knowledges to re-frame our problems and offer solutions about what is to be done.

Manchester was the city of Engels and Free Trade where the twin philosophies of collectivism and free market liberalism were elaborated. It is now the home of this venture in radical thinking that challenges self-serving elites. We see the provincial radicalism rooted here as the ideal place from which to cast a cold light on the big issues of economic renewal, financial reform and political mobilisation.

Series editors: Julie Froud and Karel Williams



Series editor: Grace M Jantzen



Materialising the Digital seeks to interrogate the infrastructures, relationships and imaginaries of digital technologies through situated, empirical analyses of the production, circulation and use of digital devices and systems.

Positioned at the intersection of media studies, STS, anthropology and sociology, the series will provide original, critical and theoretically innovative understandings of the implications of digital technologies for contemporary social life. Our intention is that this series will provide a solid ground from which to engage and critique the persistence of utopian, functionalist and dystopic visions of technological futures.

We are particularly looking for projects that:

  • Attend to the specific processes by which digital technologies are produced, circulated and used
  • Analyze the nature of the infrastructures that digital systems rely on, and the unforeseen material consequences and effects of digital technologies (e.g. e-waste)
  • Draw attention to materiality as to broaden the usual focus of 'media' (i.e. text and representation) to include issues like signal transmission and storage
  • Interrogate the interplay between material processes and social dynamics
  • Present theoretically informed ethnographic monographs that detail the social, material and cultural relationships that structure the production and circulation of digital media

Proposal guidelines:

To submit a proposal, please complete the MUP proposal form

Send completed proposal forms to Tom Dark, Senior Commissioning Editor at

For more information about the review process, please click here: Review process

Series Editors: Hannah Knox, University College London and Adam Fish, Lancaster University



Music and Society aims to bridge the gap between music scholarship and the human sciences. A deliberately eclectic series, its authors are nevertheless united by the contention that music is a social product, social resource, and social practice. As such it is not autonomous but is created and performed by real people in particular times and places; in doing so they reveal much about themselves and their societies.

In contrast to the established academic discourse, Music and Society is concerned with all forms of music, and seeks to encourage the scholarly analysis of both ‘popular' styles and those which have for too long been marginalised by that discourse – folk and ethnic traditions, music by and for women, jazz, rock, rap, reggae, muzak and so on. These sounds are vital ingredients in the contemporary cultural mix, and their neglect by serious scholars itself tells us much about the social and cultural stratification of our society.

The time is right to take a fresh look at music and its effects, as today's music resonates with the consequences of cultural globalisation and the transformations wrought by new electronic media, and as past styles are reinvented in the light of present concerns. There is, too, a tremendous upsurge of interest in cultural analysis. Music and Society does not promote a particular school of thought, but aims to provide a forum for debate; in doing so, the titles in the series bring music back into the heart of socio-cultural analysis.

Series editors: Peter J. Martin



New Directions in Terrorism Studies aims to introduce new and innovative approaches to understanding terrorism and the terrorist. It does this by bringing forward innovative ideas and concepts to assist the practitioner, analyst and academic to better understand and respond to the threat of terrorism, challenging existing assumptions and moving the debate forward into new areas. The approach is characterized by an emphasis on intellectual quality and rigor, interdisciplinary perspectives, and a drawing together of theory and practice. The key qualities of the series are contemporary relevance, accessibility and innovation.

Series editors: Max Taylor, P. M. Currie and John Horgan



This series, published in association with the ESRC Centre for Research in Innovation and Competition at the University of Manchester, emanates from an engagement of the Centre’s research agenda with a wide range of internationally renowned scholars in the field. The series casts new light on the significance of demand and consumption, markets and competition, and the complex inter-organisational basis for innovation processes. The volumes are multidisciplinary and comparative in perspective.

Series editor: Mark Harvey



New Ethnographies stimulates interest in ethnographic research methods across the social sciences. It places particular emphasis on work that engages with ethnography in new and interesting ways, exploring how the study of certain kinds of new cultural and social phenomena demand imaginative reconfigurations of more traditional approaches to ethnographic fieldwork.

Series editor: Dr Alexander T. Smith, University of Warwick




With the ebbing away of the ‘third wave’ of democratisation, democratic practice is unfolding and consolidating in different ways. While state based representative democracy remains central to our understanding of the concept, we are also conscious of the importance of social movements, non-governmental organisations and governance institutions. New mechanisms of accountability are being developed, together with new political vocabularies to address these elements in democratic practice. The books published in this series focus on three aspects of democratic practice: analytical and normative democratic theory, including processes by which democratic practice can be explained and achieved; new social and protest movements, especially work with a comparative and international focus; and institution-building and practice, including transformations in democratic institutions in response to social and democratic forces. Their importance arises from the fact that they are concerned with key questions about how power can be more fairly distributed and how people can be empowered to have a greater influence on decisions that affect their lives.

This series takes forward the intellectual project of the earlier MUP series, Perspectives on Democratization.

Series Editors: Shirin M. Rai and Wyn Grant



Racism, Resistance and Social Change is committed to providing a forum for the publication of challenging and innovative scholarship on questions about race, racism and ethnic relations. We have seen intense debate about these issues both globally and within particular geopolitical environments. Our main objective in this series is to provide a forum for scholars from a range of theoretical and political perspectives to publish their work and to develop a dialogue that has an international and multidisciplinary focus. We aim to publish both theoretically driven research as well as research with a more historical and empirical frame.

Authors will be asked to address at least one central theme:

  • mapping the changing forms and nature of racism in the contemporary age
  • understanding racism over the longue duree, or re-connecting the present to the past
  • anti-racism as intellectual and social movement

Series editors: John Solomos, Warwick University, Satnam Virdee, University of Glasgow and Aaron Winter, University of East London



Power is one of the most fundamental concepts in social science. Yet, despite the undisputed centrality of power to social and political life, few have agreed on exactly what it is or how it manifests itself. Social and Political Power is a book series which provides a forum for this absolutely central, and much debated, social phenomenon. The series is theoretical, in both a social scientific and normative sense, yet also empirical in its orientation. Theoretically it is oriented towards the Anglo-American tradition, including Dahl and Lukes, as well as to the Continental perspectives, influenced either by Foucault and Bourdieu, or by Arendt and the Frankfurt School. Empirically, the series provides an intellectual forum for power research from the disciplines of sociology, political science and the other social sciences, and also for policy-oriented analysis.

Series editor: Mark Haugaard



Universities and Lifelong Learning analyses the external engagement activities of universities and third-level institutions and is concerned with the range of activity that lies beyond the traditional mission of teaching and research. This is an area that until now has seldom been explored in depth and has rarely if ever been treated in a holistic manner.

Series editor: Professor Michael Osborne (University of Glasgow)