This book aims to explore some of the rich textures of contemporary politics and the dynamism of its practice. Contributors to this volume have been chosen to reflect some of the key areas of political life – the changing nature of politics and its practice, questions of why we participate and what it means, and the way social identities relate to politics. Rather than being a work produced solely by academics, several chapters have been written by activists and campaigners engaged in politics in different ways, targeting different issues and drawing upon a broad palate of political practices. The academic contributions are also diverse, covering different forms of participation, different countries, different social groups and disciplinary perspectives. This book provides a rare, accessible and interdisciplinary discussion of contemporary politics.