Book review – “The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives”, “The Conflict Shoreline: Colonization as Climate Change in the Negev Desert” and “In the Wake: On Blackness and Being”

Nixon, Tsing and Weizman reviewed in Antipode by Matt Hooley

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Macarena Gómez-Barris, The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives, Durham: Duke University Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8223-6875-5 (cloth); ISBN: 978-0-8223-6897-7 (paper)

Eyal Weizman and Fazal Sheikh, The Conflict Shoreline: Colonization as Climate Change in the Negev Desert, Göttingen: Steidl, 2015. ISBN 978-3-95829-035-8 (cloth)

Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-8223-6283-8 (cloth); ISBN: 978-0-8223-6294-4 (paper)

Climate at the Threshold

 – a book review essay by Matt Hooley

Climate was a place before it was a kind of weather. Ancient Greek astronomers mapped the earth’s surface into “climates”, arcing between north and south poles. Their word klima (κλίμα) means “an inclination, slope–esp. the supposed slope of the earth towards the pole: hence a region or zone of the earth”.[1] The idea of climate as a division of space lingers in 14th century English, where climates…

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