BOOKS RECEIVED: Catherine Walworth, “Soviet Salvage: Imperial Debris, Revolutionary Reuse, and Russian Constructivism” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley In Soviet Salvage, Catherine Walworth explores how artists on the margins of the Constructivist movement of the 1920s rejected elitist mediums and imagined a new world, knitting together avant-garde art, imperial castoffs, and everyday… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Thomas Sikor, Stefan Dorondel, Johannes Stahl, and Phuc Xuan, “When Things Become Property: Land Reform, Authority and Value in Postsocialist Europe and Asia” (Berghahn Books, 2017)To, “
Governments have conferred ownership titles to many citizens throughout the world in an effort to turn things into property. Almost all elements of nature have become the target of property laws, from the classic preoccupation with land to more ephemeral… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisabetta Viggiani, “Talking Stones: The Politics of Memorialization in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
If memory was simply about past events, public authorities would never put their ever-shrinking budgets at its service. Rather, memory is actually about the present moment, as Pierre Nora puts it: “Through the past, we venerate above all ourselves.” This… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Daniel D. Miller, “The Myth of Normative Secularism: Religion and Politics in the Democratic Homeworld” (Duquesne UP, 2016)
Modern political thought at least in the West has long presupposed that religion and politics constitute two distinct spheres with clearly demarcated boundaries. However, recent political developments, such as the rise of global Islamism and the American religious Right, have… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Soraya Boudia and Nathalie Jas, eds., “Powerless Science?: Science and Politics in a Toxic World” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
In spite of decades of research on toxicants, along with the growing role of scientific expertise in public policy and the unprecedented rise in the number of national and international institutions dealing with environmental health issues, problems surrounding contaminants and… Read More
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