Rowman and Littlefield International


Africa: Past, Present & Prospects

This series collates and curates studies of Africa in its multivalent local, regional, and global contexts. It aims fundamentally to capture in one series historical, contemporary and multidisciplinary studies which analyze the dynamics of the African predicament from deeply theoretical perspectives while marshalling empirical data to describe, explain, and predict trends in continuities and change in Africa and in African studies.

Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches

The series aims to advance transnational intellectual dialogue over diverse issues that are shared in various Asian countries and cities. While the examination of cultural issues in a particular socio-historical context is crucial, trans-Asia perspectives will further enrich such investigations by giving a fresh insight from other Asian experiences and through the consideration of transnational connections.

CEACOP East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law

This monograph series is organized and overseen as a cooperative venture by Rowman and Littlefield International and the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) at City University of Hong Kong. It features path-breaking and field-defining works in East Asian comparative ethics with a special interest in works of normative and applied ethics, political theory, and philosophy of law.

Challenging Migration Studies

This provocative new series challenges the established field of migration studies to think beyond its policy-oriented frameworks and to engage with the complex and myriad forms in which the global migration regime is changing in the twenty-first century.

Collective Studies in Knowledge and Society

Collective Studies in Knowledge and Society, an interdisciplinary series published in collaboration with the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, addresses questions arising from understanding knowledge as constituted by, and constitutive of, existing, dynamic and governable social relations.

Continental Philosophy in Austral-Asia

This series transports a tradition of thought understood as belonging to one place — ‘the continent’ — to places that were transformed in its image through colonisation: Australia, New Zealand, East Asia and South Asia. The series aims to explore and showcase the diverse ways in which European philosophy has been interpreted and put to use according to the contexts and questions particular to life in even further, stranger and more ‘exotic’ continents.

Creative Interventions in Global Politics

Complexity and violence mark the landscape of Global Politics. Yet the urgency to provide solutions or immediate practical actions relentlessly leads to inadequate knowledge despite the abundance of theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools available. Disciplinary constraints profoundly limit the ability to make effective use of more creative and innovative methodologies found in a capacious range of disciplines and genres. In this series we want to publish works which wholeheartedly embrace creativity to imagine new stories about the world of global politics.

Creolizing the Canon

This series, published in partnership with the Caribbean Philosophical Association, revisits canonical theorists in the humanities and social sciences through the lens of creolization. It offers fresh readings of familiar figures and presents the case for the study of formerly excluded ones. Creolization means that the intellectual resources are mixed and explored at methodological levels.

Critical Inquiries in Comparative Philosophy

The Critical Overviews in Comparative Philosophy series aims to present detailed and inclusive surveys of contemporary research in multiple areas of Asian and Comparative Philosophy. Each volume outlines and engages with the current research within comparative philosophy through the lenses of traditional philosophical areas such as ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and language/logic, offering those outside the fields in question (both scholars and students) an up-to-date picture of the work being done in these areas.

Critical Perspectives on Religion in International Politics

In recent years, the discipline of International Relations has undergone a religious renaissance. The distinction between the religious and the secular has been brought into question by a resurgence of interest in religion, culture and identity in the context of international politics, forcing mainstream theories to take religion seriously. Furthermore, efforts to “provincialize” IR by bringing in voices from the “outside” the West have stimulated interest in other religious traditions which have hitherto been marginalized in the discipline. Attempts have also been made to free IR from its dominant secular orientation through an encounter with the “post-secular” which can open up productive avenues of inquiry.

Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics

Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics is a new interdisciplinary series developed in partnership with the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory based in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University.

Cultural Studies and Marxism

The Cultural Studies and Marxism series is a timely and valuable contribution to the larger field of contemporary cultural studies. The global capitalist crisis of the twenty-first century has prompted renewed interest in critical political economy and Marxist theory. At the same time, publishing institutions committed to a robust articulation between cultural studies, critical political economy, and Marxism are almost non-existent. The series is dedicated to addressing this situation by highlighting and making available important (and emergent) scholarship at the intersection of these three fields.

Digital Technologies and Global Politics (new)

It is becoming increasingly apparent that challenges and opportunities related to Internet technology raise questions beyond the technical. In fact, cyber-security, Internet Governance, network neutrality, jurisdictional questions and the distribution of online resources are largely political issues that can reinforce, dispute or contest existing concepts and ideas about global politics. International events have illustrated the extent of this: the Arab Spring protests of 2010 raised questions not only about the Internet’s capacity to promote regime change, but also highlighted the extent to which these states employ the same technology to manage and suppress activist movements.

Discourse, Power and Society

The Discourse, Power and Society series problematizes the relationship of discourse to inequality, exclusion, subjugation, dominance and privilege. In doing so, it addresses the linkages between discourse, modes of social organisation, lived experience and strategies of resistance. Discourse is understood as both an expression and a mechanism of power, by which means particular social realities are conceived, made manifest, legitimated, naturalized, challenged, resisted and reimagined.


This series seeks both to study and to precipitate disruptions. It publishes academic monographs that interrogate and analyse disruptions within and across such fields and disciplines as culture and society, media and technology, literature and philosophy, aesthetics and politics. Its aim is both to explore and to produce disruptions. To this end, it is therefore both interdisciplinary and antidisciplinary.

Economy, Polity, and Society

The foundations of political economy — from Adam Smith to the Austrian school of economics, to contemporary research in public choice and institutional analysis — are sturdy and well established, but far from calcified. On the contrary, the boundaries of the research built on this foundation are ever expanding. One approach to political economy that has gained considerable traction in recent years combines the insights and methods of three distinct but related subfields within economics and political science: the Austrian, Virginia and Bloomington schools of political economy. The vision of this book series is to capitalize on the intellectual gains from the interactions between these approaches in order to both feed the growing interest in this approach and advance social scientists’ understanding of economy, polity, and society.

Ecotones: Ecology and Theory (new)

An ecotone is the term for that space where two biomes meet, combine, and transition one to the other. Ecotones: Ecology and Theory is guided by the conviction that serious work in the environmental humanities must inhabit such theoretical ecotones between the humanities and scientific ecology. The series aims for truly interdisciplinary work where each of the traditional domains challenges the other to foster truly ecological thinking.

Essex Studies in Contemporary Critical Theory

The Essex Studies in Contemporary Critical Theory series aims to develop the critical analysis of contemporary societies. The series publishes both substantive critical analyses of recent and current developments in society and culture and studies dealing with methodological/conceptual problems in the Critical Theory tradition, intended to further enhance its ability to address the problems of contemporary society and culture.

Experiments/On the Political

This series reflects on the political in interdisciplinary and/or practice-led ways on the assumption that crossing these borders of the discipline can create the conditions for experimental thinking about politics and the political. What if the domain of the political is not what we usually think it is? There is no doubt that presumptions of either conflict or cooperation have deeply marked the history of debates about the political and continue to inform even the most apparently radical approaches in contemporary theory

Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives

Why do institutions and international organisations continue to affect the daily lives of women and men (and different groups of women and men) differently? Why do institutions often reproduce or exacerbate patterns of disadvantage and discrimination, even when formally espousing ideals of equality? As well as seeking to expose the rules, norms and practices through which institutions produce gendered outcomes, Feminist Institutionalism is also concerned – through detailed examples from across the globe – with the potential for, and limits of, institutional innovation and reform in pursuit of gender equality and gender justice.

Feminist Studies on Peace, Justice and Violence

This series provides a forum for the expanding feminist scholarship on questions of justice, peace and violence, beyond the war/peace dichotomy. As such, the Feminist Studies on Peace, Justice and Violence series integrates and pushes forward existing feminist contributions to the field of peace research, thus reinvigorating the transdisciplinary traditions of both peace research and feminism.

Founding Critical Theory

The Founding Critical Theory series publishes original research on prominent figures, texts and topics in, and associated with, the first generation of Frankfurt School Critical Theory. The series comprises specialized treatments of topics and thinkers together with new translations of key texts from the period.

Frontiers of the Political: Doing International Politics

This series aims to contribute to our understanding of transversal political struggles beyond and across the borders of the nation-state, and its institutions and mechanisms, which have become influential and effective means of both contentious politics and political subjectivity. The series features titles that eschew and even disavow interpreting these transversal political struggles with categories and concepts of political thought that originally arose from the contained and container politics of the nation-state.

Future Perfect: Images of the Time to Come in Philosophy, Politics and Cultural Studies

The Future Perfect series stands at the intersection of critical historiography, philosophy, political science, heterodox economic theory, and environmental thought, as well as utopian and cultural studies. Its aims are two-fold: 1. to theorize the future as it takes shape in the present historical conjunction, and 2. to imagine what kind of a future will have been congruous with the demands of global justice and respect for the environment.

Futures of the Archive: Theory, Criticism, Crisis

What will be the future of critical theory’s past? This series offers a set of radical interdisciplinary interventions which explore how the history of critical theory can contribute to an understanding of the contemporary. By returning to classic critical debates in philosophy, politics, aesthetics, religion and more, the volumes in this series seek to provide a new insight into the crises of our present moment: capitalism, revolution, biopolitics, human rights, the anthropocene

Geopolitical Bodies, Material Worlds

This series publishes studies that originate in a range of different fields that are nonetheless linked through their common foundation: a belief that the macro-scale of geopolitics is composed of trans-local relations between bodies and materials that are only understandable through empirical examination of those relations. It is the interaction of these elements that produces the forces that shape global politics, often with outcomes that differ from the predictions of macro-scaled theories.

Global Aesthetic Research

The Global Aesthetic Research series publishes cutting-edge research in the field of aesthetics. It contains books that explore the principles at work in our encounters with art and nature, that interrogate the foundations of artistic, literary, and cultural criticism, and that articulate the theory of the discipline’s central concepts. In short, it is an attempt to create a new venue for the best research in the field of aesthetics without regard for its geographical origin or philosophical orientation.

Global Critical Caribbean Thought

The Caribbean anticipated what is now a shared global condition of constant migration, dislocation, and creolization. Despite the impressive scale and scope of intellectual production that has emerged from the region, it continues to be the focus of empirical and literary scholarship, rather than theoretical and philosophical engagement.

Global Dialogues: Developing Non-Eurocentric IR and IPE

In the last decade a rising literature has developed within IR and, more recently, in IPE, that seeks to deconstruct much of IR and IPE theory in order to reveal a pervading, underlying Eurocentrism. Now, we need to reconstruct IR and IPE beyond Eurocentrism so that we can develop non-Eurocentric accounts of both world politics and the world economy.

Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality

This book series brings together scholarship from leading and emerging scholars working on the intersections between gender and/or sexuality in political economy. It seeks to move beyond the ‘blindness’ of International Political Economy to feminist, gender, trans, queer and masculinity studies in order to more fully capture the complex and contested transformations associated with globalization, capitalism and neo-liberalism.


What are the hidden sources that determine the contemporary moment in continental thought? This series goes ‘back to the source’, publishing English translations of the hidden origins of our contemporary thought in order to better understand not only that thought, but also the world it seeks to understand.

Indigenous Nations and Collaborative Futures

Indigenous Nations and Collaborative Futures publishes cutting-edge work by Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors and Indigenous-participant teams, whose inquiry advances post-colonial political thinking. Attending critically to settler-colonialism in the contexts of Australia, Aotearoa-New Zealand and other nations of the Southern Pacific Rim, this series supplements and enriches new scholarship emerging from Indigenous perspectives and experiences in the United States and Canada. It aims to explore and showcase the diverse ways in which Indigenous authorities all around the world are designing and utilising modern political institutions that match with their cultural values and assert a continuing right and responsibility to care for traditional lands and waters.

Insolubilia: New Work in Contemporary Philosophy

Insolubilia are problems that one cannot solve, cannot salve and cannot save — but which nonetheless cannot be avoided. This series publishes works that engage with the problems that deserve the name contemporary because they arise in and pertain specifically to our contemporary situation.

Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Questions

This is the first series to mark out a dedicated space for advanced critical inquiry into colonial questions across International Relations. The ethos of this book series is reflected by the bricolage constituency of Kilombos – settlements of African slaves, rebels and indigenous peoples in South America who became self-determining political communities that retrieved and renovated the social practices of its diverse constituencies while being confronted by colonial forces.

Martial Arts Studies

The Martial Arts Studies book series aims to foster cross-disciplinary dialogue and generate new knowledge in the interdisciplinary fields of martial arts studies. The series welcomes proposals that explore martial arts studies in terms of such key questions as identity, gender, ethnicity, film, creativity, (digital) culture, media (and social media), drama, diaspora, performance, dance, memory, movement, pedagogy, institution, violence, the state, (post) colonialism, experience, ritual, training, fitness, incarceration, heritage, belief, and so on.

Media Philosophy

In the 21st century it is evident that the most significant events of the world are media events – not least in the sense that in the age of ubiquitous computational media, the very notion of mediation is transformed along with the world. Given this, it is surprising that there has been little sustained attempt to think these fundamental changes and the ‘eventness’ of media philosophically, that is to say beyond simply calculating its social and economic costs and benefits within the immediate horizon established by media and cultural studies.

Media, Culture and Communication in Asia-Pacific Societies

The Asia-Pacific region houses some of the richest and most diverse cultural, media and social practices in the world, with much of it yet to be analysed or uncovered. At the same time, there is a growing scholarly interest in understanding the breadth and depth of culture and media/communication practices in Asian societies.

Men and Masculinities in a Transnational World

In the past two decades, the field of men and masculinities studies has been steadily growing in both breadth and depth. As a result, working with men and masculinities has gained increased interest not only among scholars in the academy but also among policy-makers and practitioners.

Moral Psychology of the Emotions

How do our emotions influence our other mental states (perceptions, beliefs, motivations, intentions) and our behaviour? How are they influenced by our other mental states, our environments, and our cultures? What is the moral value of a particular emotion in a particular context? This series explores the causes, consequences, and value of the emotions from an interdisciplinary perspective.

New Critical Humanities

What is the role of the humanities as critical disciplines in contemporary society? What are the distinctive methodologies that define humanities research today? How can we evaluate the limitations of the classical framework of critique (ideology critique, universal validity)? How can we engage in critique as embedded practice, with a comparative focus on European, East-Asian, American, and other world traditions that surpass the wish for a eurocentric universalism?

New Heidegger Research

The goal of the New Heidegger Research series is to promote informed and critical dialogue that breaks new philosophical ground by taking into account the full range of Heidegger’s thought, as well as the enduring questions raised by his work. The series includes monographs and anthologies that come to grips with Heidegger’s thought or draw inspiration from it, as well as English translations of newly available and un-translated texts by Heidegger himself.

New Politics of Autonomy

This series attempts to make sense of the new terrain of radical politics in which decentralised networks take the place of central organisation and in which direct action and decision-making replace political representation. It aims to develop an alternative conceptual and theoretical arsenal for thinking the politics of autonomy as it investigates central political, economic and ethical questions raised by this new paradigm of autonomy.

Off the Fence: Morality, Politics and Society

Off the Fence presents short, sharply argued texts in applied moral and political philosophy, with an interdisciplinary focus. The series constitutes a source of arguments on the substantive issues applied philosophers are concerned with: contemporary real-world issues relating to violence, human nature, justice, equality and democracy, self and society. The series demonstrates applied philosophy to be at once rigorous, relevant and accessible – philosophy-in-use.

On Ethics and Economics

On Ethics and Economics will explore the ethical aspects of topics traditionally studied through economics. Starting from the position that no economic issue should be examined in an ethical vacuum, books in the series will feature philosophers, economists and other scholars exploring ethics behind issues normally treated as primarily economic in nature. Titles will explore the implicit ethical assumptions made when discussing issues and propose alternative ethical foundations for them, as well as investigating ethical aspects of issues that are often neglected.

Philosophical Projections

Philosophical Projections opens up the philosophical to renewal and innovation. The aim of the series is to publish original works that arise out of a concern for the continuity of the philosophical.

Philosophy, Technology and Society

Technological change has deep and often unexpected impacts on our societies. Sometimes new technologies liberate us and improve our quality of life, sometimes they bring severe social and environmental problems, sometimes they do both. This book series reflects philosophically on what new and emerging technologies do to our lives and how we can use them more wisely. It provides new insights on how technology continuously changes the basic conditions of human existence: relationships among ourselves, our relations to nature, the knowledge we can obtain, our thought patterns, our ethical difficulties, and our views of the world.

Place, Memory, Affect

Place, Memory, Affect is an interdisciplinary series interested in proposals that seek to extend and deepen debates around the intersections of place, memory, and affect in innovative and challenging ways. We anticipate this might, for example, demonstrate an engagement with questions of the body and embodiment, emotion and tactility, memory, forgetting, and belonging; considerations of the ordinary and everyday, the urban, suburban and rural, the local, regional, and global; of psychogeography, phenomenology, borders, thirdspace, and worlding. Above all, through such indicative explorations, we wish the series to forge an agenda for new approaches to the edgy relations of people and place within the transnational global cultures of the twenty-first century and beyond.

Polemics (new)

Polemics draws on radical political philosophy and theory to address directly the various crises that have plagued global society and capitalism in the past decade. The series presents radical critiques of and alternative visions to the existing way of doing things. The texts in this series represent philosophically rigorous but polemical interventions in contemporary global, financial, political, environmental and theoretical crises.

Popular Musics Matter: Social, Political and Cultural Interventions

The Popular Musics Matter series engages with the critical study of popular music performances (live and recorded), historical and contemporary popular music practitioners and artists, and participants and audiences for whom such musics embody aesthetic, cultural and particularly socio-political values.

Protest, Media and Culture

Protest, Media and Culture will publish edited collections and monographs dedicated to the study and analysis of an irrepressible phenomenon: the worldwide resurgence of social, cultural, political and economic discontent. The evidence for this development is found in the constant appearance of contentious activities, which emerge from a fundamental conflict between formal authority and those forces that, for a variety of reasons, attempt to censure, oppose, alter or even destroy the perceived iniquities of the ‘dominant’ social order. The series will make particular reference to the mediated character of protest and dissent, but will also encompass theoretical, organisational and practical issues, and will include both historical and contemporary examples.

Radical Cultural Studies

The Radical Cultural Studies series encourages a return to the core project of Cultural Studies: to examine the culturopolitical, sociopolitical, aesthetic and ethical implications of international cultures.

Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and Activism

In a period marked, on the one hand, by a growing disengagement from parliamentary democracy and, on the other, by extraparliamentary activism (evidenced in struggles for global justice, ecological campaigning, local community projects and the embrace of utopian aspirations), this series provides a platform for scholarship that interrogates modern political movements, probes the local, regional and global dimensions of activist networking and the principles that drive them, and develops innovative frames to analyse issues of exclusion and empowerment.

Reframing Continental Philosophy of Religion

Reframing Continental Philosophy of Religion aims to revitalise continental philosophy of religion. It challenges the standard Western Christian framework which has dominated philosophy of religion in the academy. It provides a platform for voices, theories and traditions which have been suppressed or marginalised by that framework, and offers genuinely new and constructive openings in the field. It is motivated by an imperative to liberate original thinking about religion from the legacy of Empire.

Reframing the Boundaries: Thinking the Political

This series aims to mine the rich resources of philosophers in the ‘continental’ tradition for their contributions to thinking the political. There are those – Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Semën Frank, Benedetto Croce, Carl Schmitt, or Jan Patočka, for example – who have explicitly addressed the sphere of the political, whilst there are others, for instance Søren Kierkegaard, Emmanuel Levinas, Merab Mamardašvili, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, or Julia Kristeva, where the implications of their thought for the domain of the political remain largely implicit.

Reinventing Critical Theory

The Reinventing Critical Theory series publishes cutting edge work that seeks to reinvent critical social theory for the 21st century. It serves as a platform for new research in critical philosophy that examines the political, social, historical, anthropological, psychological, technological, religious, aesthetic and/or economic dynamics shaping the contemporary situation.

Resistance Studies: Critical Engagements with Power and Social Change

The Resistance Studies series publishes original research on a wide range of issues, such as, subversive emotions, revolutionary struggles, political subjectivities, precarious resistance, the dynamics of dissident communities or belongings, covering a wide range of productive resistance practices.

Rethinking the Island

Over the last three decades, academic and policy writing on islands has grown rapidly. To date, effort has focused on island ecologies and environments, on island heritage and culture, and on island vulnerabilities and resilience. In much of that work, characteristics such as isolation, insularity, small size, or dependency are presented uncritically and taken for granted.

Rowman & Littlefield International – Intersections

The Rowman & Littlefield International – Intersections series presents an overview of the latest research and emerging trends in some of the most dynamic areas of research in the Humanities and Social Sciences today. The texts explore emerging subdisciplines or topics, or established subdisciplines that are evolving as interdisciplinary fields.

Rowman & Littlefield International – Policy Impacts

The RLI Policy Impacts series aims to bridge the gap between the academic community and policy-makers: providing academics with a format and channel for policy-relevant research and ensuring that policymakers are informed about the best scholarship that is available to them. RLI Policy Impacts books provide a forum for knowledge exchange, a bank of information and a toolkit for implementation.

Social Imaginaries

This ground breaking series aims to investigate social imaginaries from theoretical, comparative, historical, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Its objective is to foster challenging research on the burgeoning but heterogeneous field of social imaginaries, on the one hand, and the related field of the creative imagination, on the other.

Studies in Social and Global Justice

As transnational interactions become more prevalent and complex in our interconnected world, so do the questions of social justice that have often featured in political discourse. From new debates in human rights and global ethics to changing patterns of resistance and precarity in the global economy, via an interrogation of the impact of climate change, Studies in Social and Global Justice publishes books that grapple with a broad array of critical issues faced in the world today.

Transforming Capitalism

This book series provides a platform for the publication of path-breaking and interdisciplinary scholarship which seeks to understand and critique capitalism along four key lines: crisis, development, inequality, and resistance. Through this approach the series alerts us to how capitalism is always evolving and hints at how we could also transform capitalism itself through our own actions.

Values and Identities: Crossing Philosophical Borders

No society can exist without values, yet with the accelerating pace of technological and societal transformations, it is increasingly difficult to determine how values are to be understood and to be negotiated when in conflict. How do values define human identity and the different activities through which this identity finds expression?