My favourite academic books of 2021

At the end of each year I’ve posted a list of academic books I liked (201320142015201620172018, 2019, 2020). The criteria was simply that they were published in that year (or late the previous year), and that I read and appreciated them. Some of these are books I reviewed or endorsed, and some are by friends and colleagues. It’s of course biased by my interests and prejudices. I’m sure I’ve missed loads of other great books, and haven’t yet read all the ones I’ve bought or been sent, but I can at least say that these are all worth reading.

Rowland Atkinson, Alpha City: How London was Captured by the Super-Rich (Verso)

Huw Beynon and Ray Hudson, The Shadow of the Mine: Coal and the End of Industrial Britain (Verso)

Alain Brossat and Daniele Lorenzini (eds.) Foucault et… Les liaisons dangereuses de Michel Foucault (Vrin)

Rey Chow, A Face Drawn in Sand: Humanistic Inquiry and Foucault in the Present (Columbia)

Klaus Dodds, Border Wars: The Conflicts of Tomorrow (Ebury)

Jessica Dubow, In Exile: Geography, Philosophy and Judaic Thought (Bloomsbury)

Arlette Farge, Instants de Vie (EHESS)

Marta Faustino and Gianfranco Ferraro (eds.), The Late Foucault: Ethical and Political Questions (Bloomsbury)

Jennifer Forestal and Menaka Philips (eds.) The Wives of Western Philosophy: Gender Politics in Intellectual Labour (Routledge)

Michel Foucault Sexuality: The 1964 Clermont-Ferrand and 1969 Vincennes Lectures, edited by Claude-Olivier Doron, translated by Graham Burchell (Columbia) – which I endorsed

Michel Foucault, Binswanger et l’analyse existentielle, edited by Elisabetta Basso (EHESS/Gallimard/Seuil)

Matthew Fuller and Eyal Weizman, Investigative Aesthetics: Conflicts and Commons in the Pursuit of Truth (Verso)

Antonio Gramsci, Subaltern Social Groups: A Critical Edition of Prison Notebook 25, edited and translated by Joseph A . Buttigieg and Marcus E. Green (Columbia)

Christopher Harker, Spacing Debt: Obligations, Violence, and Endurance in Ramallah, Palestine (Duke)

Samantha Rose Hill, Hannah Arendt (Reaktion)

Reece Jones, White Borders: The History of Race and Immigration in the United States from Chinese Exclusion to the Border Wall (Beacon)

Anthony King, Urban Warfare in the Twenty-First Century (Polity)

Claude Lévi-Strauss, Wild Thought: A New Translation of ‘La Pensée Sauvage, translated by Jeffrey Mehlman and John Leavitt (Chicago)

Achille Mbembe, Out of the Dark Night: Essays on Decolonization (Columbia)

Cat Moir, Ernst Bloch’s Speculative Materialism: Ontology, Epistemology, Politics – Brill 2019; paperback Haymarket, 2021

Mark Neocleous, A Critical Theory of Police Power : The Fabrication of the Social Order (Verso, 2nd edition) – which I endorsed

Rachael Squire,  Undersea Geopolitics: Sealab, Science, and the Cold War (Rowman) – which I endorsed

Intolerable: Writings from Michel Foucault and the Prisons Information Group (1970–1980), edited by Kevin Thompson and Perry Zurn (Minnesota) – which I endorsed

Illan rua Wall, Law and Disorder: Sovereignty, Protest, Atmosphere (Routledge)

Naomi Waltham-Smith, Shattering Biopolitics: Militant Listening and the Sound of Life (Fordham)

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2 Responses to My favourite academic books of 2021

  1. Clare O'Farrell says:

    Reblogged this on Foucault News.

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