Linda R. Melvern

Linda Melvern is an investigative journalist and writer. For four years she was a reporter with the Sunday Times, including as a member of their award-winning Insight team. Since leaving the paper to write her first book, she has written widely for the British press and also lectures in international issues. She is a visiting fellow in the Department of INternational Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Her books include: The Ultimate Choice: Who Betrayed the United Nations and Why (1995), End of the Street (1986), and Techno-Bandits (1984) (co-authored).

  • More Powerful Together

    Conversations With Climate Activists and Indigenous Land Defenders

    By Jen Gobby     July 2020

    How can social movements help bring about large-scale systems change? In reflecting on what’s working and what’s not working in these movements, taking inventory of the obstacles hindering efforts, and imagining the strategies for building a powerful movement of movements, a common theme emerges: relationships are crucial to building movements strong enough to transform systems.

  • Everyday Violence in the Lives of Youth

    Speaking Out and Pushing Back

    Edited by Helene Berman, Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao, Kate Elliott and Eugenia Canas     July 2020

    Working with Indigenous, queer, immigrant and homeless youth across Canada, this five-year Youth-based Participatory Action Research project used art to explore the many ways that structural violence harms youth, destroying hope, optimism, a sense of belonging and a connection to civil society. However, recognizing that youth are not merely victims, Everyday Violence in the Lives of Youth also examines the various ways youth respond to and resist this violence to preserve their dignity, well-being and inclusion in society.

  • Challenging the Right, Augmenting the Left

    Recasting Leftist Imagination

    Edited by Robert Latham, A. T.  Kingsmith, Julian von Bargen and Niko Block     July 2020

    This book provides suggestions for working with popular disaffection, taking the rich, fragmented, conflicted history of refusals and defeats as a starting point for next steps in the struggle against capitalism and the far right, rather than as the basis for more conflict or defeatism.

  • Canada In The World

    Settler Capitalism and the Colonial Imagination

    By Tyler A. Shipley     July 2020

    An accessible and empirically rich introduction to Canada’s engagements in the world since confederation, this introductory textbook charts a unique path by locating Canada’s colonial foundations at the heart of the analysis

  • The Political Economy of Agrarian Extractivism

    Lessons From Bolivia

    By Ben M. McKay     July 2020

    The Political Economy of Agrarian Extractivism analyzes how the Bolivian countryside is transformed by the development and expansion of the soy complex and reveals the extractive dynamics of capitalist industrial agriculture, while also challenging dominant discourses legitimating this model as a means to achieve inclusive and sustainable rural development.

  • Blood and Money

    War, Slavery, Finance and Empire

    By David McNally     April 2020

    David McNally reveals the true story of money’s origins and development as one of violence and human bondage.

  • Restless Ideas

    Contemporary Social Theory in an Anxious Age

    By Tony Simmons     April 2020

    Tony Simmons illustrates how social theory provides us with the skills for more informed observation, analysis and empathic understanding of social behaviour and social interaction.

  • NOlympians

    Inside the Fight Against Capitalist Mega-Sports in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Beyond

    By Jules Boykoff     April 2020

    “The need for critical writing about the Olympics has never been more important and no one does it more effectively or incisively than Jules Boykoff. Here he shows us not only the potential harm of the LA 2028 Summer Games but the activists who are bringing this reality to light.” — Dave Zirin

  • Agriculture and the Generation Problem

    By Ben White     March 2020

    In this unique exploration of relations between the generations in agrarian societies, Agriculture and the Generation Problem examines the dynamics of the transfer of agrarian resources and opportunities between the generations in rural communities, and argues that we must take generational relations seriously if we are to understand the future of farming and the fate of future generations in rural areas.

  • Hiding in Plain Sight

    Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence

    By Wendy Chan     March 2020

    Based on interviews with service providers from the immigration, criminal justice and family justice systems in four different communities in BC, Hiding in Plain Sight examines the barriers encountered by abused immigrant women across Canada as they seek services and support, and identifies the key challenges for abused immigrant women accessing services as well as the struggles service organizations experience in meeting their needs.