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About Polity

Polity is a leading international publisher in the social sciences and humanities and we publish some of the world’s best authors in these fields. Polity’s goal is to combine the publication of original, cutting-edge books of the highest quality with a systematic program of textbooks and course content for students and scholars in higher education. Many of our books in politics, current affairs, history and biography are of interest to a wide general readership. We are committed to publishing outstanding books which stimulate public debate about key issues in social, political and cultural life.

Our Publishing Program

Polity is particularly well-known for its books in politics, sociology, philosophy and social and political theory. We also have strong lists in history, media and cultural studies, literary studies, gender studies, health and social care, anthropology, environmental studies, security studies, political economy and related fields. We are committed to the diffusion of ideas across cultures and language barriers, a commitment expressed through the major translation program that is a core part of the Polity publishing enterprise. Among the many world-renowned authors we translate are Pierre Bourdieu, Jürgen Habermas, T.W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Norbert Elias, Ulrich Beck, Niklas Luhmann, Peter Sloterdijk, Axel Honneth, Hans Fallada, Navid Kermani, Primo Levi, Roberto Esposito, Antonio Negri, Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Paul Ricoeur, Bruno Latour, Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio, Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Jacques Rancière, Louis Althusser, Catherine Malabou, Hélène Cixous, Pascal Bruckner, Bernard Stiegler, Georges Duby, Jacques Le Goff, Roger Chartier, Serge Gruzinski, and Elisabeth Roudinesco.

Polity’s History

Established in 1984, Polity has grown rapidly into one of the world’s most prestigious lists, publishing over 180 titles each year. We are an independent company with offices in Cambridge and Oxford in the UK, and Boston and New York in the US. Our books are available throughout the world under the Polity imprint. Sales representation and distribution of Polity titles are provided by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., worldwide.


Polity books are distributed worldwide by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Cover image: Joseph Wright of Derby – Self-Portrait (1765-1768)

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