Book highlights

Here you can find introductions to some of our publications, including what inspired authors to engage with particular issues, and how they hope this work might contribute to processes of social change.

For more details of recent publications, please visit our staff profiles or the Lancaster University Research Portal.

Our Archive of Online Publications features previous books by members of staff and a set of early contributions to open-access scholarship by many members of staff.


  • Parenting the Crisis: the cultural politics of parent-blame

    Parenting the Crisis: the cultural politics of parent-blame examines how pathologising ideas about failing, chaotic and dysfunctional families are manufactured across media, policy and public debate, and tracks how these ideas contribute to a powerful consensus that Britain is in the grip of a ‘parenting crisis’

  • The Trump Presidency, Journalism and Democracy

    This book, edited by Dr Robert Gutsche Jr, examines the disruptive nature of Trump news – both the news his administration makes and the coverage of it – related to dominant paradigms and ideologies of U.S. journalism.

  • The Nexus of Practices: connections, constellations, practitioners

    This book brings leading theorists of practice together to provide a fresh set of theoretical impulses for the surge of practice-focused studies currently sweeping across the social disciplines.

  • Stopping rape: Towards a comprehensive policy

    The need to stop rape is pressing and, since it is the outcome of a wide range of practices and institutions in society, so too must the policies be to stop it.

  • Global Garbage: Urban imaginaries of waste, excess, and abandonment

    Global Garbage examines the ways in which garbage, in its diverse forms, is being produced, managed, experienced, imagined, circulated, concealed and aestheticized in contemporary urban environments and across different creative and cultural practices.

  • Crisis

    We are living in a time of crisis which has cascaded through society. Financial crisis has led to an economic crisis of recession and unemployment; an ensuing fiscal crisis over government deficits and austerity has led to a political crisis which threatens to become a democratic crisis. Borne unevenly, the effects of the crisis are exacerbating class and gender inequalities.

  • Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain

    Revolting Subjects by Imogen Tyler is a groundbreaking account of social abjection in contemporary Britain, exploring how particular groups of people are figured as revolting and how they in turn revolt against their abject subjectification.

  • Cargomobilities: moving materials in a global age

    Cargomobilities, edited by Thomas Birtchnell, Satya Savitzky and John Urry, looks at how objects and materials are on the move like never before, often at astonishing speeds and along hidden route ways. This collection opens to social scientific scrutiny the various systems which move objects about the world, examining their fateful implications for many people and places.

  • Why we can't afford the rich

    As inequalities widen and the effects of austerity deepen, in many countries the wealth of the rich has soared. Why We Can't Afford the Rich by Andrew Sayer exposes the unjust and dysfunctional mechanisms that allow the top 1% to siphon off wealth produced by others, through the control of property and money.

  • Siegfried Kracauer

    This major new book offers a much-needed introduction to the work of Siegfried Kracauer, one of the main intellectual figures in the orbit of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory.