Migrants in Translation: Caring and the Logics of Difference in Contemporary Italy
By Cristiana Giordano
University of California Press, 2014, 288 pages.
Exploring the political entailments of rehabilitating “victims of human trafficking” in Italy, Migrants in Translation speaks to the often puzzling disjuncture between recent anthropological and public discourses concerning migrant care and integration: while anthropology’s critiques have led, …
Empires of Vision: A Reader
Edited by Martin Jay & Sumathi Ramaswamy
Duke University Press, 2014, 688 pages.
“The conquest of the earth, which mostly means taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the …
Une vie politique [A Political Life]
Interviews with P. Artières and E. Favereau, with the collaboration of Joséphine Gross.
by Daniel Defert
Editions du Seuil, Paris, 2014
On 25 September 1984, Daniel Defert wrote a letter to his friends proposing that they create a non-profit organization to address an emerging disease: AIDS. “In face of a medical crisis and …
Det sociala livets elementära former [The Elementary Forms of Social Life]
by Johan Asplund
Bokförlaget Korpen, 1987/2000, 268 pages.
Johan Asplund, whose work has been rather underrepresented in the international academic arena, is frequently seen as the “father” of contemporary Swedish social psychology. Remarkably productive, Asplund gained popularity in the 1970–1980s, and his books are still widely used in …
Without Offending Humans: A Critique of Animal Rights
by Élisabeth de Fontenay (trans. William Bishop)
University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 168 pages.
In the opening paragraph of Without Offending Humans, Élisabeth de Fontenay describes the first time she saw her mentor Jacques Derrida speak at the Collège de philosophie:
I reacted, all things being relative, as Malebranche did
From rape as a tool of terror in situations of war and armed-conflict, to the largely unchecked epidemic of sexual assault on and off college campuses, “rape” finds its way into our collective political and social (and popular and legal and cultural and aesthetic) consciousness. In a study that is exhaustive, intimate, and exacting, Sameena Mulla’s The Violence of Care: …