Reading List

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.


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

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

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

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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

What is care and who is paying for it?

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.

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

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.

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

The leading thinker retraces the philosophical discussions around care.

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