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 teaches political economy and sociology 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. He is the author of The Happiness Industry and The Limits of Neoliberalism, and regularly writes for the Guardian and London Review of Books.