My favourite academic books of 2017


IBooks of 2017.JPG don’t think I read as many new books this year as previous years, and the ‘to read’ piles get ever higher… But these are the academic books published in 2017 which I particularly liked:

Update: the lists for previous years are here – 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

  1. Jess Bier, Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine: How Occupied Landscapes Shape Scientific Knowledge (MIT Press)
  2. Neil Brenner, Critique of Urbanization (Birkhäuser)
  3. William E. Connolly, Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming (Duke)
  4. Jacques Derrida, Théorie et pratique: Cours de l’ENS-Ulm 1975-1976 (Galilée)
  5. Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault, Disorderly Families: Infamous Letters from the Bastille Archives (Minnesota)
  6. Lisa Funnell & Klaus Dodds, Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond (Palgrave)
  7. Stefanos Geroulanos, Transparency in Postwar France: A Critical History of the Present (Stanford)
  8. Elisabeth S. Goodstein, Georg Simmel and the Disciplinary Imaginary (Stanford)
  9. David Harvey, The Ways of the World (Oxford/Profile)
  10. Nicholas Heron, Liturgical Power: Between Economic and Political Theology (Fordham)
  11. Stuart Jeffries, Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School (Verso)
  12. Robert E. Lerner, Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life (Princeton)
  13. Setha Low, Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place (Routledge)
  14. Shannon Mattern, Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media (Minnesota)
  15. China Mièville, October: The Story of the Russian Revolution (Verso)
  16. Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan (eds.) Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (Duke)
  17. Élisabeth Roudinesco, Freud in His Time and Ours (Harvard)
  18. Arianna Sforzini, Les Scènes de la vérité. Michel Foucault et le théâtre (Le Bord de l’Eau)
  19. Helen Sword, Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write (Harvard)
  20. Gerard Toal, Near Abroad: Putin, the West and the Contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus (Oxford)
  21. Matthew Wilson, New Lines: Critical GIS and the Trouble of the Map (Minnesota)

Such a lot of good books, it gives me faith in academic publishing and intellectual work. Books not on the above list, but published this year and which I’m looking forward to reading, include Bruno Latour, Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime (Polity); Ernst Jünger, The Worker: Dominion and Form (Northwestern); Eyal Weizman, Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability (Zone); Peggy McCracken, In the Skin of a Beast: Sovereignty and Animality in Medieval France (Chicago); Ethan Kleinberg, Haunting History: For a Deconstructive Approach to the Past (Stanford); Clive Barnett, The Priority of Injustice: Locating Democracy in Critical Theory (Georgia); Charles Withers, Zero Degrees: Geographies of the Prime Meridian (Harvard) and Catherine M. Soussloff, Foucault on Painting (Minnesota).

I should also mention Marcus Doel, Geographies of Violence (Sage), which is not on the list simply because it’s in a series I edit. More to look out for in 2018.

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