Book Review Archive

Everything and Nothing at All

Surveying five hundred years of maritime history, Campling and Colás contend that capitalism is a ‘terraqueous’ project, by which they mean that the earth’s geographic separation into land and sea has long been central to capital’s ability to reproduce itself.

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Nicholas Anderman

Social Polygraphy and the Vocation to be Fully Human for the More-than-Human World

Our world’s recent events seem to be bringing some of those ‘sets of social relations’ into the open to be reckoned with. It follows, then, that we must continue to reckon with the influences maps will exert in this process.

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Caleb Winebrenner

Africa’s Last Colonial Currency Review

More than a dozen independent African nations use the CFA franc, a currency with colonial origins and ongoing colonial functions. A new study of the CFA franc explains the monetary mechanisms of persistent French domination in Africa and carries forward a radical tradition of economic critique and political struggle.

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Matt Schneider

The Future of Fallout Review

"The Future of Fallout" reveals how the long-term environmental consequences of nuclear warfare and petro-capitalism were evacuated and/or articulated vis-a-vis existential threat from post-World War II to the contemporary War on Terror.

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Bryan Nakayama

History on the Run: Secrecy, Fugitivity, and Hmong Refugee Epistemologies Review by Ma Vang Review

State histories of war and militarism are often made secret, but those who are most affected by state violence also enact their own ways of narrating those same histories. This tension of historical narration has implications on epistemology and decolonial methodologies.

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Kong Pheng Pha

As If Sand Were Stone Review

“As If Sand Were Stone” reaches well beyond New York and Lagos, speaking to coastal urbanism more broadly – a condition of planetary prominence and one under increasing threat from sea level rise, storm surges and subsidence. There are lessons we can take with us.

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Kate Dawson

Passing Orders, Review by Tristan Sturm

Passing Orders re-deploys queer theory concerns with sovereignty, ontology, and futurity by applying them to neocharismatic Christian demonology literature, that which demonizes queer, black, indigenous, and colonized bodies as integrally, inevitably, and incontestably other.

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Tristan Sturm

Decolonisation and Methodological Nationalism: Placing Empire at the Centre of the Analysis

This essay brings into conversation two recent books in this field that expound a different set of decolonial projects. In these books, Nadine El-Enany and Gary Wilder refuse to position the nation-state, with its bounded national territorial logic, as the frame of the analysis, thereby rejecting ‘methodological nationalism’.

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Dallas Rogers, Jake Davies, Pranita Shrestha and Xiao Ma

The War Lawyers, Review by Tracey Blasenheim

The War Lawyers expertly reveals how lawyers in the 'kill chain' make possible “juridically sanctioned violence” and upend attempts to humanize warfare through law. Yet, to whom do these legal arguments speak? Can lawyers legitimize imperial war?

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Tracey Blasenheim

Black Food Matters Review

Struggling for equity in production and consumption of food without reckoning with the larger, ever-evolving structures of racial capitalism that were “never created for Black survival” (Garth & Reese, 2020: 3) will never produce justice.

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Jed DeBruin