Book Reviews

  • Review

    Liberation as Medicine

    Lessons from Radical Health Workers

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    Gay Gentrification and the Thin Pink Line

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    Making Alternative Worlds: Journeys into Third Space

    In many of the anarchist and feminist spaces of which I have been a part, narratives of the rise of women of colour feminisms were uncritically adopted from mainstream feminist history. Because of this, the work of feminists of colour was often articulated as “anti-racist feminism.” As I studied…

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    Organizing From a Place of Love

    One of the defining historical challenges for left social movements has been our capacity to engage shifting material and political conditions, which not only create new political terrain to negotiate but also generate new forms of class contestation and social divisions. In the United States, white…

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    Black Revolutionary Communism Today

    “If each generation does not produce another George Jackson, let us produce at least someone among us who will remind the world of him.” -Kumasi, a San Quentin comrade of George Jackson and founder of Black August. Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson certainly reminds me of George Jackson. He was lumpeni…

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    Against Representation

    Today, hardly anyone wants to talk about a “diversity of tactics.” Given the debate’s frequently abstract, ideological, and circular nature, that’s probably a good thing. At the height of the alter-globalization movement (AGM) in the early days of this new millennium, the principle of a “d…

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    “Are You Willing to Let the Work Transform You?”

    To be honest with you, I’m afraid to write this review. Over the past four months, I’ve opened and closed this Word document countless times, typing a sentence and then deleting it again. I’ve had numerous tear-filled conversations with friends and exes, and bombarded my editor with self-loath…

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    What Comes Between Us

    This challenging text operates as an intervention and has consequences for the ways in which activists and organizers understand the social and political civil war that extinguishes any possibility of neutrality. The epigraph that opens the first section of Tiqqun’s Introduction to Civil War i…

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    Dangerous Conflation

    Michael Keefer’s Antisemitism Real and Imaginedis a timely, well-researched and well-argued collective work that is much needed, especially in Canada. In addition to four chapters by Keefer, the bookcontains 19 shorter contributions from various Canadian activists, academics, and organizations…

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    Queering the Cold War

    A good book raises questions. As I was reading the early chapters of Kinsman and Gentile’s The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation, I found my mind drifting back to the early 1960s. Trudging home from school through the snow in the village of Beaverton, Ontario, I kn…