Category Archives: Politics

Review of Virginia Comolli, Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency at African Arguments

Virginia Comolli, Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency is reviewed at African Arguments. Along with Mike Smith’s Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria’s Unholy War, these look to be the key English books on the group. My bibliography of articles (last updated in 2014) can … Continue reading

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Books received – Shakespeare, Mousnier, Lefebvre

Two OUP editions of Shakespeare, Roland Mousnier’s Peasant Uprisings – used by Foucault in Théories et institutions pénales, and two first editions of Lefebvre’s books in Axelos’s Arguments series.

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Étienne Balibar, Citizenship – now out with Polity

Étienne Balibar, Citizenship – now out with Polity. If fundamental political categories were represented as geometric shapes, citizenship would be one of those rotating polyhedrons with reflective surfaces that together create effects of light and shade. With extraordinarily acute discernment, … Continue reading

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Books received 3 – books from publishers or authors

Complementary copies from publishers or authors. Mark Salter’s Making Things International 1, Christopher Roth’s Let’s Split! – a guide to secessionist states; Oli Mould’s Urban Subversion and the Creative City; Hughes Lethierry’s Agir avec Henri Lefebvre and Shannon Mattern’s Deep Mapping the Media City. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Life in the Accelerated Academy: anxiety thrives, demands intensify and metrics hold the tangled web together

Interesting piece at the Impact of Social Sciences blog by Mark Carrigan. The imagined slowness of university life has given way to a frenetic pace, defined by a perpetual ratcheting up of demands and an entrepreneurial ethos seeking new and quantifiable opportunities. Mark Carrigan explores … Continue reading

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Andrew Barry, “Geography and Other Disciplines” – discussion of genealogy and the canon

Andrew Barry has a very interesting new essay published, “Geography and Other Disciplines” – a discussion of geography and the canon. There is also an introduction to the theme issue of which this is part by Richard Powell [update: corrected from … Continue reading

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Osama bin Laden’s bookshelf

A little late linking to this, but the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released information of what was found in the compound used by bin Laden. (It would appear the timing is linked to the Seymour Hersh … Continue reading

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Interesting piece on academia and bureaucracy in The Times Higher

Interesting piece on academia and bureaucracy in The Times Higher Education, partly drawing on David Graeber’s new book The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. .  

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Marcelo Hoffman, Foucault and Power: The Influence of Political Engagement on Theories of Power – now available in paperback

Marcelo Hoffman, Foucault and Power: The Influence of Political Engagement on Theories of Power – is now available in paperback. Michel Foucault is one of the most preeminent theorists of power, yet the relationship between his militant activities and his … Continue reading

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Future of Surrey’s Department of Politics Secured

I’ve just received an update on University of Surrey’s politics department, which was under serious threat in March this year – I shared the story and a couple of updates. We are delighted to report that the Department of Politics … Continue reading

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