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Félix Guattari
The Three Ecologies

Extending the definition of ecology to encompass social relations and human subjectivity as well as environmental concerns, The Three Ecologies argues that the ecological crises that threaten our planet are the direct result of the expansion of a new form of capitalism and that a new ecosophical approach must be found which respects the differences […]

James C. Scott
Seeing Like a State

Compulsory ujamaa villages in Tanzania, collectivization in Russia, Le Corbusier’s urban planning theory realized in Brasília, the Great Leap Forward in China, agricultural “modernization” in the Tropics—the twentieth century has been racked by grand utopian schemes that have inadvertently brought death and disruption to millions. Why do well-intentioned plans for improving the human condition go […]

Lucy R. Lippard
The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society

In the Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society, Lucy R. Lippard, one of America’s most influential art writers, weaves together cultural studies, history, geography, photography, and contemporary public art to provide a fascinating exploration of our multiple senses of place. Divided into five parts—Around Here; Manipulating Memory; Down to Earth: Land […]

Aaron Cezar and Dani Burrows (eds)
POLITICS OF FOOD

The last decade has witnessed a proliferation of artists and artist collectives interrogating the global politics and ethics of food production, distribution, and consumption. As an important document of new research and thinking around the subject, POLITICS OF FOOD, contains reflections on food by prominent artists, anthropologists, and activists, amongst others. Interviews with chefs, policymakers, […]