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The Politics of the Body and the Body Politic

Where do we turn when our bodies, physical and political, are under attack? 

21 November 2022

The Politics of the Body and the Body Politic

Vulnerable to disease, heavily surveilled, brutalized by the carceral state, disciplined for transgressing - the body, our bodies, physical and political, are under attack. 

The technologies of violence imposed on our bodies, individual and collective, have never been more complex and our bodily autonomy more attenuated. These books about the politics of the body and the body politic reveal what is behind the veil of headline vocabulary of "security," "health," "population," and "privacy” and offer an analysis of the organizing potential generated when we dare to put our bodies on the line for a liberatory future.


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A searing analysis of health and illness under capitalism written by longtime disability justice and healthcare activists and the hosts of the hit podcast "Death Panel," Beatrice Adler-Bolton and Artie Vierkant.

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An urgent collection on losing Roe v. Wade, struggling to provide abortion across the Americas, and how we can rebuild a fighting movement for reproductive justice

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A brilliant study of violent self-defense in the struggle for liberation by an award-winning philosopher.

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What if family were not the only place you might hope to feel safe, loved, cared for and accepted?

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An incisive case for trans justice from a powerful new voice.

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The violence and destruction hiding behind the obsession with immunity.

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Mutual aid is the radical act of caring for each other while working to change the world.

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Sheller shows how power and inequality inform the governance and control of movement. She connects the body, street, city, nation, and planet in one overarching theory of the modern, perpetually shifting world. 

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How do we find out who we are in this digital era? Where do we create the space to explore our identity? How can we come together in solidarity? A glitch is normally thought of as an error, a faulty overlaying, but, as Legacy Russell shows, liberation can be found within the fissures between gender, technology, and the body. 

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An indispensable guide to building a fighting feminist movement for reproductive freedom.

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What is care and who is paying for it?



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I Fear My Pain Interests You is an absurdist novel about fame, culture and connections, bodies and breakdowns from the author of The Superrationals. LaCava examines issues of power, how it is or is not inherited, what the consequences of being defined by others are, and the ways pain shapes us and our embodied experience. This is a jarringly sensual book about the peculiarities of our bodies and the impossibilities of our families, and a young woman trying to find a way forward with both.

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We are in the midst of a global crisis of care. How do we get out of it?

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In State of Insecurity, Isabell Lorey explores the possibilities for organization and resistance under the contemporary status quo, and anticipates the emergence of a new and disobedient self-government of the precarious.

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The Revenge of the Real envisions a new positive biopolitics that recognizes that governance is literally a matter of life and death. 

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The leading thinker retraces the philosophical discussions around care.

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Judith Butler shows how an ethic of nonviolence must be connected to a broader political struggle for social equality. 



Health Communism
In this fiery, theoretical tour de force, Beatrice Adler-Bolton and Artie Vierkant offer an overview of life and death under capitalism and argue for a new global left politics aimed at severing th...


Is violent self-defense ethical? In the history of colonialism, racism, sexism, capitalism, there has long been a dividing line between bodies "worthy of defending" and those who have been disar...
Abolish the Family
What if we could do better than the family?We need to talk about the family. For those who are lucky, families can be filled with love and care, but for many they are sites of pain: from abandonmen...
The Transgender Issue
In this brilliant introduction to trans politics, journalist Shon Faye gives an incisive overview of systemic transphobia and argues that the struggle for trans rights is necessary to any struggle ...
The Politics of Immunity
Our contemporary political condition is obsessed with immunity. The immunity of bodies and the body politic; personal immunity and herd immunity; how to immunize the social system against breakdown...
Mutual Aid
Around the world, people are faced with crisis after crisis, from the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change-induced fires, floods, and storms to the ongoing horrors of mass incarceration, brutal imm...
Mobility Justice
Mobility justice is one of the crucial political and ethical issues of our day. We are in the midst of a global climate crisis and extreme challenges of urbanization. At the same time it is difficu...
Glitch Feminism
The divide between the digital and the real world no longer exists: we are connected all the time. How do we find out who we are within this digital era? Where do we create the space to explore our...
Without Apology
With an anti-abortion majority on the Supreme Court, and several states with only one abortion clinic, many reproductive rights activists are on the defensive, hoping to hold on to abortion in a fe...
The Care Crisis
Every one of us will need care at some point in life: social care, healthcare, childcare, eldercare. In the shadow of COVID-19, care has become the most urgent topic of our times. But our care syst...
I Fear My Pain Interests You
Margot is the child of renowned musicians and the product of a particularly punky upbringing. Burnt-out from the burden of expectation and the bad end of the worst relationship yet, she leaves New ...
The Care Manifesto
The Care Manifesto puts care at the heart of the debates of our current crisis: from intimate care—childcare, healthcare, elder care—to care for the natural world. We live in a world where careless...
State of Insecurity

State of Insecurity

Years of remodelling the welfare state, the rise of technology, and the growing power of neoliberal government apparatuses have established a society of the precarious. In this new reality, produ...
The Revenge of the Real
The Revenge of the Real envisions a new positive biopolitics that recognises that how populations govern themselves is literally a matter of life and death. We are grappling with multiple interconn...
Philosophy of Care
Our current culture is dominated by the ideology of creativity. One is supposed to create the new and not to care about the things as they are. This ideology legitimises the domination of the “crea...
The Force of Nonviolence
Judith Butler’s new book shows how an ethic of nonviolence must be connected to a broader political struggle for social equality. Further, it argues that nonviolence is often misunderstood as a pas...

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