Towards a reading list on Trump’s Geographies

A crowd-sourced resource on Trump’s Geographies. Please add additions as comments below. For the initial spur and description, this is what I wrote on 25 January 2017:

Today’s news that George Orwell’s 1984 is the best-selling book on Amazon is perhaps unsurprising, given the bleak times we are in. A few people have come up with reading suggestions (i.e. here and here) to understand the Trump presidency, but I’ve yet to see a list on his geographies. So, perhaps this initial start will be useful.

The idea is to list the handful of books you’d suggest as reading on one or more of the key topics. Obviously there is going to be a time-lag before there is academic literature on Trump, so the point is background reading to try to make sense of things.I’m sure there are plenty of readers able to contribute on race, labour relations, gender, geopolitics, foreign relations with China, Russia and elsewhere, energy and climate change, and so on.

I’d prefer that links were to books, rather than articles or websites, but if those are really useful that’s fine. Some relation to geography would be appreciated – others are doing the more general reading.

Please add them as comments (not by email, on Facebook or Twitter, please) and I’ll add them to the page – which will become the permanent record.

Please add additions as comments (not by email, on Facebook or Twitter, please) along with a broad category and I’ll add them to the page. Formatting in the same style as below and with a weblink to the publisher page would be much appreciated.

Last updated 26 January 2017


Abortion Rights

Lori Brown, Contested Space: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals, London: Routledge, 2013.

Immigration and Deportation

J. R. García, Operation Wetback: the Mass Deportation of Mexican Undocumented Workers in 1954. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1980.

D. Kanstroom, Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New America Diaspora. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Mimi Thi Nguyen, The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages, Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.

Tings Chak, Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention, Montreal/Amsterdam: The Architecture Observer, 2014

Zahra Ali (ed), Feminismes Islamiques, Paris: La Fabrique, 2012.


Christina Heatherton & Jordan T. Camp (eds), Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter, London: Verso, 2016.


Banu Bargu, Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons, New York: Columbia University Press, 2016

Naomi Murakawa, The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

A. Naomi Paik, Rightlesness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps Since World War II, University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

The Wall

Lee Bebout, Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the US Racial Imagination in Brown and White, New York: NYU Press, 2016

Wendy Brown, Walled States, Waning Sovereignty, New York: Zone, 2010.

Edward S. Casey and Mary Watkins, Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014.

Michael Dear, Why Walls Won’t Work, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Reece Jones, Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India, and Israel, London: Zed, 2013.

War on Terror

Stephen Graham, Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism, London: Verso, 2010.

Derek Gregory, The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

David Harvey, The New Imperialism, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

General/Not Yet Categorised

William E. Connolly, Capitalism and Christianity, American Style, Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Nicola Perugini & Neve Gordon, The Human Right to Dominate, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Neil Smith, The Endgame of Globalization, London: Routledge, 2005.