Summer Reading!

We finished reading Henri Lefebvre’s Critique of Everyday Life Volume II today and the time has come to pick what we want to read over the summer. We’d ideally like to read something over end of June and July and then something else over August and possibly September. There was some discussion on reading something more empirical and maybe by a non-WM scholar, based on which some proposals are:

More Theoretical (but, by non-WM scholars)

  1. A Postcapitalist Politics by J.K. Gibson-Graham
  2. Theory from the South: Or, How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa by Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff (A review of the same in Cultural Anthropology)
  3. Ordinary Cities: Between Modernity and Development by Jennifer Robinson (A review of the same)

Empirical (but some WM Scholars)

  1. The Illegal City by Ayona Datta
  2. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection by Anna L. Tsing
  3. Hard Times in the Marvelous City by Bryan McCann

Feel free to add your nominations for reading for this summer to this list. Also, please vote on what you would like to read in the comments section.

***Mark’s Addition:

We might also consider reading Clastres, as he has some parts in the first book that shifted how I see things.  He is also a major influence on D&G, as well as Graeber, so he would bring together some past threads.  He is, however, a scholar of the WM persuasion.

  1. Society Against the State, by Pierre Clastres
  2. Archeology of Violence, by Le Meme

6 thoughts on “Summer Reading!

  1. I like the direction. I am up for GG again. I will let others pick the particulars. I am likely available for any date/time, and will attend in person when possible.

  2. My vote is really for the second book, for August-Sept, since I’ll be gone for July. My top choices would be Clastres, G-G, Comaroffs, Datta, in no particular order. I will try to follow along from afar with whatever you choose for July…

  3. Hello all,

    I am going to be gone at the end of July for several months… If the timing doesn’t work, you can discount my preferences here.

    G-G, Comaroffs, Clastres, Datta, McCann all sound interesting to me.

    Thanks, Sush and Mark for keeping this conversation going. I have been too quiet, I know!

  4. Hi everybody. Mark told me about your group and I’d love to join you for some reading/discussion. I currently reside across the way in the English department. Anyway, the Clastres in particular intrigues me, and I’d also be into the Gibson-Graham. It seems like others are interested in those as well. Anyway, I’ll continue to lurk the blog and hopefully meet some of you when the reading group is back in swing. – David

    • Hi David, We just finished reading J.K. Gibson-Graham’s “A Postcapitalist Politics”. The plan is to read excerpts from “The Future as Cultural Fact” and pick another book to read. You are welcome to make recommendations and join us for our next meeting. We update the meeting times regularly and you can find the time, venue and time on the sidebar.

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