This is the first in a series of suggestions/arguments for what we should read next. Current possibilities on the table are:
- Eugene Holland, Nomad Citizenship: Free-market Communism and the Slow-Motion General Strike
- James Holston, Insurgent Citizenship: Disjunctions of Democracy and Modernity in Brazil
- Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social:An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory
They all seem like great options. James, Sush, and Mark will be reading the Holston for sure, so that could be folded in to Becoming-Poor, or operate as a side project. My thought on the Latour is that Thrift is quite taken with him, and ANT is a kind of operational hub around which lots of the vitalist theory rotates (the say-yes-to-life crowd as opposed to the critical dialectics crowd). And this is, as I understand it, Latour’s most comprehensive statement on ANT, and it is even a sort of retrospective after he had developed the theory somewhat. So the idea was this would be a good follow up to Thrift, a going back and investigating an important source for Thrift’s non-representational theory. Thrift is so secondary, and so this would be a way to get more primary, in a sense.
That said, for my part I would be tickled to read the Holland as well. But I will let Cheryl say more about that, given she has met the man.