A Radical Geography Community
We have four new book reviews for August:
Vishrut Arya on Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, Georgi Derluguian and Craig Calhoun’s Does Capitalism Have a Future?;
Adam Mahoney on Marina Welker’s Enacting the Corporation: An American Mining Firm in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia;
Srila Roy on Naisargi Dave’s Queer Activism in India: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics; and
Daniel Whittall on Christian Høgsbjerg’s C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain.
Just as they’re often better on what they’re ‘against’ than on what they’re ‘for’, so too radical geographers seldom speculate about possible futures – though Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann’s Antipode paper, ‘Climate Leviathan‘, stands out as an exception (and exemplar); thinking through the political implications of global climate change, Joel and Geoff offer “a basic framework by which to understand the range of political possibilities, in light of the response of global elites to climate warming and the challenges it poses to hegemonic institutional and conceptual modes of governance and accumulation”.
Radical geographers mightn’t look forward, but they certainly look down – Antipode has published a number of papers on mining in recent years, including three pieces on Canadian resource extraction focusing on mineral rights and claim staking, diamond mining and colonial practices and ethical consumption and environmental justice.
We’ll be publishing a special issue of the journal next year entitled ‘World, City, Queer’. Edited by Natalie Oswin, it will feature: [i] Queer Worldings: The Messy Art of Being Global in Manila and New York; [ii] The Queer Afterlife of the Postcolonial City: (Trans)gender Performance and the War of Beautification; [iii] Welcoming the World? Hospitality, Homonationalism, and the London 2012 Olympics; [iv] Pinkwashing, Homonationalism, and Israel–Palestine: The Conceits of Queer Theory and the Politics of the Ordinary; [v] Queering Critiques of Neoliberalism in India: Urbanism and Inequality in the Era of Transnational “LGBTQ” Rights; and [vi] Buenos Aires Beyond (Homo)Sexualized Urban Entrepreneurialism: The Geographies of Queered Tango.
Finally, we’ve published a few papers over the years that look to radicals lesser-known in the discipline, searching for the resources of critique. Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Élisée Reclus, Peter Kropotkin and Rosa Luxemburg, our authors have argued, all have lessons for students of the current conjuncture.