The Asset Economy Property Ownership and the New Logic of Inequality LISA ADKINS, MELINDA COOPER AND MARTIJN KONINGS University of Sydney “In teasing out the logic of the booming asset economy, Lisa Adkins and her co-authors brilliantly update the analysis of class and inequality for the twenty-first century. This outstanding book will prove a vital point of reference to academics, students, and the wider public.” Mike Savage, London School of Economics In this timely book, Adkins, Cooper and Konings show how the rise of the asset economy has produced a new logic of inequality in Anglo-capitalist societies – with asset ownership now overshadowing employment as a determinant of class position.
216 x 138mm | 128 pages | September 2020 HB | 978-1-5095-4345-8 | £45.00 | $59.95 | €55.90 PB | 978-1-5095-4346-5 | £14.99 | $19.95 | €18.90 ebook available
Enrichment A Critique of Commodities LUC BOLTANSKI AND ARNAUD ESQUERRE Translated by Catherine Porter EHESS, Paris “Uplifting, fun, accessible to all, Enrichment is the most scholarly and relevant analysis to finally make sense of the current 'madness' of the art market... In our post-industrial societies, heritage, luxury goods and even contemporary art are the only source of wealth that we have. They are now part of the main foundations of our economy.” Catherine Millet, founder and editor of Art Press This book offers a major new account of modern capitalism and of the ways in which value and wealth are created today. Boltanski and Esquerre argue that since the last quarter of the 20th century, capitalism in the West has undergone a fundamental transformation characterized by the increased exploitation of certain resources that, while not entirely new, have taken on unprecedented importance. It is this new form of exploitation that has given rise to what they call the “enrichment economy”, exemplified by the growing significance of tourism, the luxury industry, heritage creation, the growth of museums, the antiques trade and the art market, all of which involve, in their varying ways, the exploitation of the past. This wide-ranging and highly original work makes a major contribution to our understanding of contemporary societies and of the ways in which capitalism is changing today.
229 x 152mm | 473 pages | April 2020 HB | 978-1-5095-2872-1 | £35.00 | $45.00 | €42.90 ebook available
The Sex Factor How Women Made the West Rich VICTORIA BATEMAN University of Cambridge “Ever controversial, Victoria Bateman's new book will cause a stir. While fun and engaging, it also packs a serious punch and explodes the myth that economics is gender neutral.” Ayesha Hazarika, political commentator, broadcaster and stand-up comedian Why did the west become so rich? Why is inequality on the rise? How “free” should markets be? And what does sex have to do with it? In this passionate and skilfully argued book, leading feminist Victoria Bateman shows how we can only understand the burning economic issues of our time if we put sex and gender – “the sex factor” – at the heart of the picture. Spanning the globe and drawing on thousands of years of history, Bateman weaves rigorous analysis with autobiographical insights to tell a bold, ambitious story about how the status and freedom of women – particularly freedom over their bodies – is central to our prosperity and economic wellbeing. Genuine female empowerment requires us to not only recognise the liberating potential of the market and the importance of smart government policies, but to also challenge the double-standard of many modern feminists when they celebrate the brain while denigrating the body.
229 x 152mm | 256 pages | 2019 HB | 978-1-5095-2676-5 | £55.00 | $69.95 | €67.90 PB | 978-1-5095-2677-2 | £16.99 | $24.95 | €21.90 ebook available
The Left Case Against the EU COSTAS LAPAVITSAS SOAS, University of London “Costas Lapavitsas is the most important commentator on the EU and its current crises... This is one of the most significant books on modern politics to appear in the last decade.” Richard Tuck, Harvard University Many on the Left see the European Union as a fundamentally benign project with the potential to underpin ever greater cooperation and progress. If it has drifted rightward, the answer is to fight for reform from within. In this iconoclastic polemic, economist Costas Lapavitsas demolishes this view. He contends that the EU’s response to the Eurozone crisis represents the ultimate transformation of the union into a neoliberal citadel that institutionally embeds austerity, privatization, and wage cuts. Concurrently, the rise of German hegemony has divided the EU into an unstable core and dependent peripheries. These related developments make the EU impervious to meaningful reform. The solution is therefore a direct challenge to the EU project that stresses popular and national sovereignty as preconditions for true internationalist socialism.
216 x 138mm | 192 pages | 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-3105-9 | £45.00 | $59.95 | €55.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3106-6 | £14.99 | $19.95 | €18.90 ebook available
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