Biosocial Becomings reviewed

copKim Ward reviews Biosocial Becomings: Integrating Social and Biological Anthropology, a new collection edited by Tim Ingold and Gisli Palsson, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Contested urban spaces and imaginations

Two new urban titles are reviewed on the Open Site:


varga First is Joseph Varga’s Hell’s Kitchen and the Battle for Urban Space: Class Struggle and Progressive Reform in New York City, 1894-1914, published by Monthly Review Press in 2013 and reviewed by Walter Nicholls.









downloadSecond is George Morgan’s review of Phil Cohen’s On the Wrong Side of the Track? East London and the Post Olympics (Lawrence and Wishart, 2013).

Review of Clinical Labor

CLINICAL LABOURMelinda Cooper and Catherine Waldby’s new book Clinical Labor: Tissue Donors and Research Subjects in the Global Bioeconomy is reviewed here by Samuel Walker and Adam Mahoney. The volume came out with Duke University Press.

Japanoise reviewed

japaMax Ritts reviews David Novak’s Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation, Duke University Press, 2013.

Further music titles recently reviewed on the Open Site include Rachel Beckles Willson’s Orientalism and Musical Mission and Steven Feld’s Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra.


Bliatka reviews Fortress Europe


Ira Bliatka reviews Matthew Carr’s Fortess Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent here. The book was published by Hurst in 2012.

The Common Place reviewed by Andrés Núñez


Andrés Núñez from the Institute of Geography of Universidad Católica de Chile reviews Graciela Silvestri’s book El lugar común, una historia de las figuras de paisaje en el Río de la Plata (The Common Place: A History of Rio de la Plata’s Landscape Representations) here. The book was published in Buenos Aires by Edhasa in 2011.

Another Argentinean title, Geografía y cultura visual (edited by Carla Lois and Veronica Hollman),  was reviewed on the Open Site earlier this year.

Memorylands: Cole on Macdonald

memorylandsTim Cole reviews Sharon Macdonald’s book Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today. The book was published by Routledge in 2013.

Braverman, Irus 2013 “Zooland: The Institution of Captivity” reviewed by Franklin Ginn

ZoolandIrus Braverman, Zooland: The Institution of Captivity, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2013, 280 pages, $24.95 paperback, ISBN 978-0-8047-8358-3

On 9 February 2014 a young giraffe named Marius was killed by bolt gun in Copenhagen Zoo. Marius’ body was dissected in front of a crowd comprised of young children, parents, and an international media throng – a public lesson in giraffe anatomy. His carcass was then fed to the lions. The zoo had deemed Marius surplus to requirements, since any of his future offspring would diminish, rather than enhance, the captive giraffe population’s genetic diversity. Like most Scandinavian zoos, Copenhagen holds that sexual reproduction is central to animal welfare and wellbeing, and prefers euthanasia of a few young animals to contraception for many (contraception having potentially debilitating side effects). Hence, a single giraffe was killed in the name of the genetic diversity of his worldwide kin, illustrating the inseparability of ‘good’ biopolitics (the power to make valued life live) and ‘bad’ biopolitics (the power to kill or let die in the name of other valued life) in the more-than-human world of the zoo. The central task of Irus Braverman’s Zooland is to understand how biopolitics take form within a relation of pastoral care in the zoo. Continue reading Franklin Ginn’s review here

Taming Tibet reviewed

tibetEnze Han reviews Emily Yeh’s Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development. The book was published by Cornell University Press in 2013.

Peters on Jensen’s Staging Mobilities

Staging_MobilitiesKim Peters reviews Ole Jensen’s book Staging Mobilities here. The volume was published by Routledge in 2013.


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