William Davies

Nervous States
  • Nervous States

  • A dazzlingly original analysis of how emotions shape the times we are living in by one of Britain’s most exciting thinkers

    ‘A masterpiece’ New York Times

    ‘Insightful and well-written’ Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens

    How have feelings come to shape the world around us? Why has politics become so fractious and warlike? What might the future hold?

    In this bold and compelling exploration of our new political reality, William Davies reveals how feelings have come to reshape our world. Drawing on history, philosophy, psychology and economics, Nervous States is an essential guide to the turbulent times we are living through.

William Davies is a political economist and sociologist who teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London. His work explores the history of ideas, especially the history of economics, and how this helps us understand the present. His writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, Guardian, Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Post and New Left Review. He is the author of The Happiness Industry: How the government & big business sold us wellbeing (Verso, 2015) and The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition (Sage, 2014; reissued with a new introduction in 2016).


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