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Polity (publisher)

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Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationCambridge
DistributionJohn Wiley and Sons
Publication typesBooks
Official websitepolitybooks.com Edit this at Wikidata

Polity is an academic publisher in the social sciences and humanities.[1] It was established in 1984 in Cambridge by David Held and Anthony Giddens at the University of Cambridge.[2] Giddens later reported: "We didn't have any publishing experience or money".[2] Polity remains a private limited company, with the sociologist John Thompson at Jesus College, Cambridge listed as director. Giddens resigned as director in 2008, and Held died in 2019. Assets were audited at over £4m in 2022.[3] The company now has offices in Cambridge and Oxford in the United Kingdom, and New York City and Boston in the United States.[1]

The company specializes in the areas of sociology, media, politics, and social theory, aiming to publish textbooks and course books for students and scholars as well as academic texts in these fields. Its books are distributed by Wiley.


  1. ^ a b "About". Cambridge, England: Polity. 14 March 2016. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Lord Giddens: accidental academic who reached the top". Times Higher Education (THE). 11 June 2017. Archived from the original on 7 November 2023. Retrieved 13 February 2024.
  3. ^ "POLITY PRESS LIMITED filing history - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 7 November 2023. Retrieved 13 February 2024.

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