Review of Sharp’s Politics of Renaturalization

Is on the Society and Space open site here. (It’s a longer review–near 3,000 words):

What Sharp argues for is a “politics of renaturalization”. This surely is her most controversial claim, given the ways in which, throughout the era of the regimes of the biopolitical, nature has been used as the nom de guerre of the pernicious splits in society along racial, nationalistic, and patriarchal lines. But in true Spinozistic fashion, Sharp makes her points in ways that do less to anger her discursive partners than to build alliances by showing how the “denaturalizing” claims of feminists and critical race theorists are anything but anathema to her own project, though they need to be attenuated in terms of their “social constructivism” (page 8). In what follows, I set out the stakes of this project, first by summarizing the book, then situating Sharp’s own interventions in light of the recent rise in Continental realisms and materialisms. In this way, I hope to show its import for those thinking the relation of society and spatialization.