Book Review Archive

Black Disability Politics Book Review

Black Disability Politics is a critical intervention in a field that remains tethered to white ways of knowing and being.


Jenn M. Jackson

Terror Capitalism: Uyghur Dispossession and Masculinity in a Chinese City Review

Byler finds that what’s going on in Xinjiang is not only violation of rights, nor simply authoritarianism, racism or Islamophobia, but rather the production and conquering of a new, colonial frontier of ethno-racialized global capitalism.


Emma Loizeaux

Driving Forces: Arc of the Journeyman review

Arc of the Journeyman, by Nichola Khan, explores motile logics and Afghan migrant subjectivities. This book will appeal to those with an interest in life, language, and representation; theory as practice; style as substance; suffering as compound (not cumulative); and histories as recursive.


Andrew M. Jefferson

Confinement, containment, and expansion: The Common Camp, a review

By focusing on Israel-Palestine, Irit Katz’s The Common Camp offers a sophisticated analysis of how camps are used not only for confining and containing undesirables but also for expansion and protection of settler populations in colonial contexts.


Gaja Maestri

Cooling the Tropics Review

In Hi'ilei Hobart's sparkling debut manuscript Cooling the Tropics, she offers a critical and unique re-reading of ice as a comestible in Hawai'i and how it intersects with spatial, anticolonial, and imperial politics of cold and temperature.


Jen Rose Smith

In the Shadow of the Palms: Review

In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua offers an important intervention into the vague sense of dread, discomfort, and culpability that thinking about palm oil may evoke. Here, palm oil is situated, and its impacts on a specific group of people in a specific place are drawn out. The effect is powerful; a precise story of grief, loss, and endurance in a world fractured by colonialism and untrammelled agribusiness expansion, beautifully realised in Chao’s poetic voice.


Mardi Reardon-Smith

In Quest of a Shared Planet: Review

What happens at the UN climate negotiations? In her new book, In Quest of a Shared Planet, Dr. Naveeda Khan examines the multi-dimensional and chaotic space of these meetings. She demonstrates how diverse Global South actors, from negotiators to activists to experts, influence global climate policy, and why countries like Bangladesh keep taking an active seat at the table after decades of limited action.


Danielle Falzon

Shifting Livelihoods Review

Tubb clarifies how excavator gold mining roots itself in Black Communities’ collective territories through productive transformations on the landscape, wages to workers, land rent to Black families, revenue dividends to local community councils, and security “taxes” to illegal armed groups. Tubb’s ethnography opens the door for a deep and wide examination of racial capitalism, even if he never defines value.


Diego Melo

They Eat Our Sweat Review

Daniel Agbiboa's 'They Eat Our Sweat' is a vivid ethnographic portrait of informal transport in Lagos, providing us with a vantage point to understand the experiences of corruption and informality in everyday urban life.


Allen Xiao

Cartographic Memory Review

In Cartographic Memory, Juan Herrera carefully and elegantly examines Chicano movement activism and its legacies in Oakland, California’s Fruitvale neighborhood, and argues for measuring social movements’ impact in a manner that foregrounds the production the brick-and-mortar achievements of community organizations, as well as the networks of support, solidarity and care that those sites and landscapes continue to facilitate.


Laura Barraclough