ALTERNATIVES AND FUTURES: Palgrave Macmillan book series

As the series editor of the emergent Palgrave Macmillan Alternatives and Futures: Cultures, Practices, Activism and Utopias book series, I envisage that the series will:

  • contribute to the development of analytical meta-frameworks for the study and understanding of the growth of alternative movements and visions this century
  • become an engaging forum of diverse voices, including activists’ testimonies and observers’ critiques.

If you’re interested in contributing a proposal, please contact me with a short paragraph about your ideas and we’ll move on from there. And feel free to distribute this Alternatives&FuturesFlyerB&W.

Alternatives and Futures: Cultures, Practices, Activism and Utopias

This exciting and timely new book series will explore 21st century movements challenging the economic and political order of global capitalism through new cultures, new practices and campaigning for alternative futures.

Movements such as degrowth, Occupy, solidarity economies, permaculture, low impact living and Via Campesina, variously address key issues of the contemporary era such as inequalities of wealth and income, environmental crises, and achieving sustainable cities and production. This book series will demonstrate the breadth, depth, significance and potential of ‘alternatives’ in the construction of this century, focusing on the type of future each such movement advocates and their strategic agenda.

The series offers a forum for constructive critique and analytical reflection of movements’ directions, activism and activists, their assumptions, drivers, aims, visions of alternative futures and actual performance and influence. Books in the series will span a range of theories and strategies through focused analysis, comparisons, contrasts and critiques, with inquiries taking disciplinary, interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary frameworks — highlighting exemplary established and original approaches as well as emerging and more experimental methods and theories to apply in this emerging field.

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The Alternatives and Futures series will be of interest to scholars and students across the social sciences and humanities — especially those working in environmental sustainability, politics and policy making, environmental justice, grassroots governance, heterodox economics and activism — and will offer lecturers, undergraduates and postgraduates readings and reviews that will keep pace with burgeoning new democracy, grassroots governance and environmentally-oriented movements arguing and acting for deep socio-political and economic changes.

The series will include explorations of theory and case studies, with a specific interest in works of praxis, theory grounded or challenged by reflection and analysis of contemporary practice.

Editorial board

  • David Barkin —Distinguished Professor, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Coyoacan, Mexico
  • Salvatore Engel-Dimauro —Associate Professor of Geography, State University of New York, New Platz, New York, United States
  • Max Haiven —Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada
  • Terence Leahy —School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Newcastle (NSW), Australia
  • Ariel Salleh —Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney, Sydney (NSW), Australia
  • Leah Temper —ICTA, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) and McGill University, Montreal, Canada

To contribute

The call for proposals is for contributions in a range of formats from monographs and edited collections to shorter and accessibly written Palgrave Pivots (25-50,000 words).

In the first instance, contact Anitra Nelson, if you want your proposal considered for Palgrave Macmillan’s Alternatives and Futures: Cultures, Practices, Activism and Utopias book series.