Moriel Ram (University College London) on Camillo Boano’s The Ethics of a Potential Urbanism: Critical Encounters Between Giorgio Agamben and Architecture, a book that presents Agamben’s work as a “concrete platform for the conceptual experiment to rethink the notion of potentiality and to re-examine how political theory can challenge our notions of the built environment”.
Nathan Poirier (Canisius College) on Harvey Neo and Jody Emel’s Geographies of Meat: Politics, Economy, and Culture – “both highly revered and highly tabooed … [meat is a] complex and sensitive issue … intertwined with culture, societies, politics, religion, and identity … The book expands on critical animal geographies by focusing on farmed animals … [extending and applying] concepts from anarchist geography”.
Jonathan Everts (Universität Bonn) on Steve Hinchliffe, Nick Bingham, John Allen and Simon Carter’s Pathological Lives: Disease, Space, and Biopolitics, which is “novel … ingenious … the most thorough, detailed, and accessible treatment of the whole issue [of emerging diseases and attempts to counter them]”.
Mel Nowicki (Royal Holloway, University of London) on Alexander Vasudevan’s The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting – sensitive to both its possibilities and limits, this is a “unique and detailed historical account of squatting … highlight[ing] the ways in which squatters have, throughout modern history, and in a range of contexts, fought to secure and maintain a ‘right to the city’ … ”.
Derek Ford (DePauw University) on Andy Merrifield’s The Amateur: The Pleasures of Doing What You Love, “a terribly frustrating book … [written by] an intriguing and clear writer who moves seamlessly across disciplinary divides, keeping the content socially relevant, abstaining from asinine and arcane academic debates”.
Troy Vettese (New York University) on Sunaura Taylor’s Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation – “a sincere and eloquent attempt to rethink humanity’s relationship to animals through the prism of disability studies … [a] brave and rare … intellectual contribution”.
Bianca Beauchemin (University of California, Los Angeles) on Brittney Cooper’s Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women, a book that “seeks to map a genealogy and geography of black women’s knowledge production … blurs the seemingly mutually exclusive categories of thinker and activist, and traces the progression of black women’s intellectual contributions … re-mapping the intellectual landscape of the US”.
Heather McLean (University of Glasgow) on Dia Da Costa’s Politicizing Creative Economy: Activism and a Hunger Called Theater, which “provides powerful analytic tools to interrogate the ways activists … work within and against the complicities and potentialities of neoliberal creative economy discourse and practice … simultaneously surviving, critiquing, and reproducing … ‘economies of death, displacement, and divisiveness’ … [the book] points to generative lines of flight at a time when critical research can pave over possibilities”.