Book Review Archive

Review, Unmanning, by Katherine Chandler

As drone use becomes increasingly democratised and diversified, Katherine Chandler’s Unmanning is a timely excavation of drone technology’s history of American political and postcolonial violence.

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Beryl Pong

Review, Visibility Interrupted, by Carly Thomsen

By urging queer activists and scholars to let go of visibility as our main focus, Thomsen points to a much broader, and potentially more life-giving, queer politics. Sewer systems, too, need to be put on queer agendas.

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Stina Soderling

“Clapping on the 2 and 4”. A Review of "Progressive Dystopia" by Savannah Shange

"Progressive Dystopia" provides a rich example of how Black Studies, and Black and other radical scholars can and do intervene in academia with emancipatory research that not only informs but can transform critical praxis.

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rosalind hampton

Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine Review

Stamatopoulou-Robbins exposes how waste management is used to control the exposure of Palestinian bodies to slow violence, as an alternative to direct Israeli military violence, which is condemned by the international community.

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Tina Guirguis

The Revenge of the Real Review

The main strength of “The Revenge of the Real" is Bratton’s articulation of the inescapable nature of biopolitics and the resultant need for a “positive biopolitics”. Our ability to govern ‘life’ and ‘the body’ is not something we can give up or escape.

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Jake Fremantle

A Vindication of (Indirect) Violence Against Climate Change: Review of "How to Blow up a Pipeline"

Is recourse to material violence (i.e. property destruction) justified in order to fight climate change, given the urgency and the inertia of the capitalistic system in the North? The answer, according to Malm, is yes.

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Philippe Stamenkovic

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