Contrivers Review Site Banner

In his review of Cihan Tuğal’s The Fall of the Turkish Model Emre Erol examines how and why Turkey has transitioned from neoliberal democracy to authoritarianism.

In his review of Jürgen Habermas’s Lure of Technocracy, Oisín Gilmore explores Habermas’s critique of neoliberalism in EU governance and argues that a democratic public sphere in Europe can only be established after the creation of actual democratic governance in the EU.

In a timely book, Jodi Dean’s Crowds and Party asks how to reform Leftist political organizations. In his review, Michael Kovanda highlights the importance of history and power in understanding the tradeoffs.

In a discussion of Jacques Bidet’s Foucault with Marx, Jason Read evaluates Bidet’s rapproachment between Foucault and Marx, while making his own contribution to the topic.

In his new book, Martijn Konings suggests that progressives have misunderstood the “emotional logic” of money and overstate the antagonism between society and economy.

In a review of an important contribution to Media Archaeology by Jussi Parikka, Kyle Bickoff surveys this emerging discipline and examines what happens when we acknowledge that our messages have a physical impact on our world.

Information Politics foregrounds the importance of viewing data flows and ownership as central political questions today. Through the thought of Gilles Deleuze, Tim Jordan discusses the effects of data compounding and recursion. In a world where data is power, who controls data today?

A century ago nearly any American on the political Left would have known the name Jean Jaurès. Today, that pioneer of social democracy and martyr of French republicanism is less well remembered, at least in America. Luckily, his history of the French Revolution is now available in a new abridged translation.

We accept that labor is necessary on some elemental level for survival and are habituated to the capitalist organization of labor that exchanges labor for income. Something about the ubiquity of work makes it difficult for us to see it as something other than a natural, inevitable part of everyday life. But middle-class, educated workers are awakening to the reality that work resembles the precarious, austere, back-breaking conditions of the global poor rather than providing a comfortable middle-class lifestyle.

In his review, McIvor questions the appeal to an ever lengthening list of celebrity theorists, while finding value in the critique of “apocalyptic fantasies” and Cremin’s prescriptive alternatives.

Franco Moretti’s capital-owning bourgeoisie begins by denying its existence as a class, and ends by staging its disappearance into an existential problem of modernity. The book shows how a literary style—even a style that resolves itself apparently into a lack of style, into pure efficiency or usefulness, can create a whole mindset that has the power to resolve or suspend social contradictions.

In Stuart Elden’s new book, The Birth of Territory, the key question is “what is the relation between place and power?”

Evgeny Morozov’s newest book is best read as marginalia rather than as any systematic contribution to a social theory of technology. It is a book very much of the moment, focused on challenging the mistakes of a narrow field of interlocutors, all of whom publish, like Morozov, on the fashionable topic of technology journalism.

A review of Benjamin Kunkels’ book, Utopia or Bust.

Contrivers Review Brand Image