This book examines the ways in which knowledge that is inordinate, excessive, and overwhelming comes to mark everyday life in low-income, poor neighborhoods in Delhi with crumbling infrastructures and pervasive violence. Based on long term ethnography in these spaces, this book provides a detailed analysis of the institutions of the state, particularly of policing and law in India. It argues that ...... Read More
In a context marked by the virulent return of patriarchal and white supremacist attitudes, a new generation of activists, from the Xenofeminists to Pussy Riot, are continuing the struggle, fighting alongside star feminists like Emma Watson and Scarlett Johansson: these are very feminist times. But how do these and other struggles relate to our contemporary posthuman condition? In thi ...... Read More
Segregation is one of the starkest social realities of contemporary societies. Though often associated with explicitly racist laws of the past, it is a phenomenon that persists to this day and is a crucial element for understanding group relations and the wellbeing of different populations in society.In this book, Eric Fong and Kumiko Shibuya provide a thorough discussion of the evolving ...... Read More
This ground-breaking book offers a deep and original analysis of the Mafia – in particular Cosa Nostra – as a distinct form of politics. Marco Santoro breaks with criminal and economic approaches which see the Mafia as an industry of private protection and rationally calculating wealth accumulation. Instead he argues that it represents an alternative way of organizing political relations, t ...... Read More
In this remarkable book, Albert Baiburin provides the first in-depth study of the development and uses of the passport, or state identity card, in the former Soviet Union. First introduced in 1932, the Soviet passport took on an exceptional range of functions, extending not just to the regulation of movement and control of migrancy but also to the constitution of subjectivity and of social hi ...... Read More
Populism is an expression of anger; its appeal stems from being presented as the solution to disorder in our times. The vision of democracy, society and the economy it offers is coherent and attractive. At a time when the words and slogans of the left have lost much of their power to inspire, Pierre Rosanvallon takes populism for what it is: the rising ideology of the 21st century. In ...... Read More
Black is the Journey, Africana the Name is the autobiographical story of a researcher whose ancestry and personal history place her in the cultural and political vastness of the Black Atlantic, where three continents were tied together by the brutal realities of the slave trade and colonialism. This space encompasses the Ivory Coast, her parents’ homeland; France, where she was born a ...... Read More
Skin is the border of our body and, as such, it is that through which we relate to others but also what separates us from them. Through skin, we speak: when we display it, when we tan it, when we tattoo it, or when we mute it by covering it with clothes. Skin exhibits social relationships, displays power and the effects of power, explains many things about who we are, how others perceive us an ...... Read More
China’s engagement in Africa was once associated primarily with economic interests – from oil and mining to infrastructure construction and business - but following the end of a long economic boom, and China’s more ambitious foreign policy since 2012, politics has become more central.In this new book, expert Daniel Large provides a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to ...... Read More
Certain philosophers of Antiquity compared the world to a large animal, but if the world were an animal, it would have a skin similar to the skin that envelopes each living being and gives it unity. The world is neither an animal nor a machine but an interminable jumble whose destination is nothing other than the maelstrom in which the very idea of the world slips away. The world has no skin ...... Read More
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