Atlases of disease

9780199572922Matthew Smallman-Raynor and Andrew Cliff’s Atlas of Epidemic Britain: A Twentieth Century Picture is reviewed by Tom Koch. The atlas was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press.

A selection of hi-res illustrations and maps from Andreas Vesalius and Abraham Ortelius’ atlases, which are discussed in the review, can be viewed at the online exhibition ATLASES: Poetics, Politics and Performance.

A review of Koch’s 2011 book Disease Maps: Epidemics on the Ground is available here.

 

Guattari, Felix 2012 Schizoanalytic Cartographies, reviewed by Thomas Jellis

Cartographes schizoanalytiquesThomas Jellis reviews Felix Guattari’s book Schizoanalytic cartographies, Bloomsbury, London, 2012,

Schizoanalytic Cartographies is an ambitious and thought-provoking book that provides a detailed exposition of Guattari’s version of schizoanalysis, a form of analysis that he extracts from the debris of a reductionist psychoanalysis. As part of this approach, Guattari looks to “minimize the use of notions like those of subjectivity, consciousness, significance … as transcendental entities that are impermeable to concrete situations” (page 23) and instead provides an array of terms which he offers as instruments for a speculative cartography.

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Searching for the sublime: Tuan’s Romantic Geography reviewed

tuanSophie Leroy reviews Yi-Fu Tuan’s new book                       Romantic Geography: In Search of the Sublime Landscape, University of Wisconsin Press.

Pratt reviews McDowell’s Working Lives

1444339184Geraldine Pratt reviews Linda McDowell’s Working Lives: Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain, 1945-2007. The book came out last year with Wiley-Blackwell.

The Accidental Playground reviewed

the-accidental-playground-coverDaniel Campo’s illustrated book The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned (Fordham University Press, 2013) is reviewed by Marc Tadorian from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Further information about the project can be found here, alongside images from the book.

Marc is the author of Warriorz: graffiti-writing, spatialité et performances (Ethnoscope, 2009).

 

Kearns on Elden’s Birth of Territory

eldenGerry Kearns reviews Stuart Elden’s book The Birth of Territory. The volume was published last year by University of Chicago Press and received the AAG Meridian Book Award for Oustanding Scholarly Work in Geography.

Further information about the project can be found here.

Miller and Sinanan’s Webcam reviewed

webcamMichael Duggan reviews Daniel Miller and Jolynna Sinanan’s new book Webcam (Polity Press, 2014).

Nelson, Alondra 2013 “Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination” reviewed by Angela Last

alondra1Alondra Nelson, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2013, 291 pages, $18.95/£14.00 paperback, ISBN 978-0-8166-7649-1, 
$24.95/£32 hardback ISBN 978-0-8166-7648-4. (http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/body-and-soul)

Portrayals of the Black Panther Party have varied considerably across academic writing and popular media, Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013) being the most recent example of the latter. From a purely instrumental perspective, discussions of the Party have been at their most productive when they resisted producing reductive caricatures of the ‘bad militant’ or the ‘good civil rights hero’. By instrumental, I mean: how can thinking about the actions of and reactions to the Black Panther Party be helpful to academics, activists and other individuals opposed to structural inequality today? Continue reading Angela Last’s review here

Fudge, Judy and Strauss, Kendra (Eds) 2013 Temporary work, agencies and unfree labour, reviewed by Ben Rogaly

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Ben Rogaly reviews a new edited book of essays on temporary work and unfree labour by Judy Fudge and Kendra Strauss (Eds) Temporary work, agencies and unfree labour: insecurity in the new world of work, New York and London: Routledge 2013, pp 217 Hardback: $125.00 978-0-415-53650-9 (http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415536509/).

Temporary Work sheds intense beams of analytical light on the role of agencies, and of temporary work, both in the production of precarious employment and in the continuing, deepening and uneven connections between that precariousness and unfree labour relations. Adopting a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach, Temporary Work combines insights from the fields of law, labour studies, feminist political economy and economic geography. Continue reading Ben’s review  here

The Material Gene: Gender, Race, and Heredity after the Human Genome Project, review by Julie Guthman

Happe cover Julie Guthman reviews Kelly Happe’s The Material Gene: Gender, Race, and Heredity after the Human Genome Project (published with NYU Press in 2013).

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