April 15, 2014 2 Comments
April 7, 2014 2 Comments
Two new urban titles are reviewed on the Open Site:
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.
March 26, 2014 1 Comment
March 12, 2014 2 Comments
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.
February 21, 2014 2 Comments
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