Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought

Adam Sitze

The Impossible Machine: A Genealogy of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2013)

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A fresh, though counterintuitive, understanding of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“Beautifully written and engaging to read . . . the book will be a significant contribution to the corpus of political, legal, and philosophical work on transitional justice and postcolonial justice more generally, will have a wide audience and is likely to reshape the field of transitional and postcolonial justice studies.” —Fiona Ross, University of Cape Town

“[Sitze] makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the origins and historical location of the South African TRC and poses important questions to both scholars of transitional justice as well as scholars and practitioners of South African law and legal history.” —Heinz Klug, University of Wisconsin Law School

Biopolitics: A Reader, Ed. Timothy Campbell and Adam Sitze (Durham: Duke University Press, 2013)

This anthology collects the texts that defined the concept of biopolitics that has become so significant throughout the humanities and social sciences today. The far-reaching influence of the biopolitical—the relation of politics to life, or the state to the body—is not surprising given its centrality to matters such as healthcare, abortion, immigration, and the global distribution of essential medicines and medical technologies. In his famous 1976 essay, "Right of Death and Power over Life," Michel Foucault gave a new and unprecedented meaning to the term "biopolitics." In this anthology, that touchstone piece is followed by essays in which biopolitics is implicitly anticipated as a problem by Hannah Arendt and later altered, critiqued, deconstructed, and refined by major political and social theorists who explicitly engaged with Foucault's ideas. By focusing on the concept of biopolitics, rather than applying it to specific events and phenomena, this reader provides an enduring framework for assessing the central problematics of modern political thought.

"This reader will be a landmark resource as scholarly engagement with biopolitics continues to expand in the coming years. It brings together in a single volume essential texts in the evolution of thinking about the biopolitical in the wake of the formative thought of Foucault and, later, Agamben. In addition, the selections are framed by a wonderfully nuanced and incisive introduction."—Cary Wolfe, author of Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame

 

Carlo Galli, Political Spaces and Global War, Ed. Adam Sitze, Trans. Elisabeth Fay (Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, 2010)

A provocative genealogy of the global age.

“Carlo Galli’s Political Spaces and Global War offers an extremely valuable analysis of globalization: its opportunities, its risks, and its antinomies. Galli adopts a historical and conceptual approach to explore the complex relationship between globalization and the political categories of modernity, and arrives at a deeply troubling conclusion about the fate of Western civilization.” —Roberto Esposito

“Once in a while, a thinker comes along and poses the familiar questions of political theory in a startling new way. Carlo Galli does just that. He relentlessly tracks the political reproduction of space in politics and political theory to show how the modern quest for freedom, equality, democracy, sovereignty, universality and more all turn on a politics of space now effaced by the global war, which despatializes and deinstitutionalizes politics, losing the difference between sky, land, and sea and bringing traditional theaters together “in a war without strategy or frontier.” With this English translation, new readers will discover Galli’s unique voice, illuminated by Adam Sitze, whose useful introduction sets Galli’s work in the context of post 1968 Italian politics and theory.” —Bonnie Honig

“This book offers an intriguing analysis of political spaces that will hopefully be continued in future translations of Galli’s works.” — Cambridge Review of International Affairs

“A provocative, stimulating text for scholars dwelling on the relationship between the spatial and the political.” — Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

“This book puts forward an exciting contribution to the discussion on the relevance of modernity’s conceptual categories in the postmodern condition.” — Social Transformations.

Best Books of 2010 on Social and Political Awareness —Anis Shivani, Huffington Post

 

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