Why are people increasingly mistrustful of experts, facts and statistics? What are the historical roots of today’s populist upheavals? In Nervous States, William Davies searches for the roots of modern neuroses, examining everything from social media and drone warfare to imperialism and the Anthropocene. William joins Jeff Sparrow to unpack this dazzlingly original analysis of turbulent times by one of Britain’s most exciting thinkers.

William Davies (International)

William Davies

William Davies is a political economist and sociologist, whose work addresses the political and economic upheavals of our times. Drawing on economics, history, psychology and philosophy, his writing seeks to understand the roots of our present instability. He is a regular contributor to London Review of Books and The Guardian, and author of Nervous States: How feeling took over the world and The Happiness Industry: How the Government & big business sold us wellbeing.

Jeff Sparrow (Australian)

Jeff Sparrow

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, broadcaster and editor. He writes a regular column for Guardian Australia; he appears on 3RRR's Breakfasters program and is the immediate past editor of Overland magazine. His most recent book is Trigger Warnings: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Right. His previous book No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson was shortlisted for the Best Writing Award at the Melbourne Prize.