Book Review Archive

Architectural Imaginations?

Design Earth's fourteen #Geostories offer us architectural imaginations for much needed new Earth Futures. They offer the chance to ponder our shared spatial consciousness, and the role it might play in both understanding and solving our current environmental crisis.


Harriet Hawkins

Race for Profit by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

This monograph focuses on how race has been utilized throughout the history of the American housing market to violently exploit and extract value from Black communities. To do this, Taylor furnishes readers with a meticulous account of the myriad ways private influence from the real estate sector along with the support of government entities helped to re-engineer key housing programs to extract profit from the very people they were designed to help.


Nemoy Lewis

Manufacturing Decline by Jason Hackworth

Jason Hackworth’s "Manufacturing Decline: How Racism and the Conservative Movement Crush the American Rust Belt" offers a powerful explanation of how conservatives deployed racialization tactics to promote and sustain the traction of neoliberal governance in US rust belt cities.


Matthew D. Wilson

Space after Deleuze by Arun Saldanha

We might say that the nomad should be related to the eternal return, as Saldanha also attempts to do. This cannot take place by simply spatializing the eternal return, however, but only by supplementing the nomad with an eternal willing.


Halit Evrim Bayindir

Ethnographies of U.S. Empire, edited by Carole McGranahan and John F. Collins

Engaging emerging, multidisciplinary conversations across anthropology, American studies, and postcolonial studies about how empire operates and endures, "Ethnographies of U.S. Empire" is a reflection both on empire and on ethnography. Together, the chapters make a case for ethnographic research as a way of studying empire, as a method that offers not a bounded or concise definition of what makes an empire, but rather an expansive sense of how people live with and within the imperial present.


Emma Shaw Crane

Signs in the Dust: A Theory of Natural Culture and Cultural Nature by Nathan Lyons

What is strikingly novel in Signs in the Dust are Lyons' efforts to articulate and ground attempts to overcome the nature-culture binary by way of theories of signs found in the writings of three medieval and early modern thinkers. The scholastic semiotics of these three figures provides Lyons with the metaphysical means to find even in the very dust a physio-semiosis, or genuine exchange of signs.


Diarmid A. Finnegan

Prison Land By Brett Story

Brett Story’s "Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power" across Neoliberal America is a brilliant and timely study on prison geographies. Story, who is from Canada, arrives to the U.S. prison through her personal experiences of eviction, first as a child and then as a young student fighting against gentrification and documenting it as an amateur filmmaker.


Marlene Nava Ramos

The Politics Of Operations By Sandro Mezzadra And Brett Neilson

Whereas social and political theory has long concerned itself with the description and analysis of structures—states, classes, national economies—Mezzadra and Neilson ask what we might learn about contemporary capitalism by instead studying its operations. How are the global workings of capital reshaping the state and its institutions? What are the implications of these processes for the continued encroachment of capitalism on new spaces and new realms of social life?


Martin Danyluk

The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers And American Power By Megan Black

Extensively researched, The Global Interior makes significant contributions to the growing body of scholarship that historicizes the relationship between natural resource sciences, empire, and nation building.


Julie Michelle Klinger

Digital Objects, Digital Subjects, Edited By David Chandler And Christian Fuchs

This book is a timely set of dialogues on a series of key coordinates to navigate the political economy of Big Data Capitalism. Chandler and Fuchs have successfully composed a well-rounded volume addressing a wide range of urgent themes that include digital governance, posthuman knowledge, digital affective labor and its gendered dimensions, new (and old) forms of slavery and their respective technologies, emerging forms of political organization, and the appropriation of fixed capital by workers – among others.


Luis F. Alvarez León