Reviews of Work

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  UC philosopher Adrian Parr and a Nairobi villager work together to find solutions for UNESCO water and sanitation issues in Africa. Photo/Jon Hughes/Photopresse

UC philosopher Adrian Parr and a Nairobi villager work together to find solutions for UNESCO water and sanitation issues in Africa. Photo/Jon Hughes/Photopresse

Birth of a new earth

As Adrian Parr suggests in timely fashion, imagination may be the best weapon we have in the fight against environmental destruction, as useful as a new engine or a bigger windmill.

Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Birth of a New Earth is one of those rare and brilliant books that critiques the ongoing destruction of the environment in a writing style that is lyrical, compassionate, and as accessible as it is informative. Parr masterfully weaves together a language of critique and possibility and in doing so makes a convincing case for environmental and economic justice on a global scale and offers a powerful argument for rethinking the meaning and practice of politics.

Henry Giroux, author of America at War with Itself

This is a prescient book, one that not only provides a rigorous and critical analysis of emergent environmentalisms but also charts how imaginations of a "new earth" can be forged at the limits of liberal democracy. In this sense, the book is as much about the political as it is about the environmental. It is a must-read for our times.

Ananya Roy, author of Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development

"Environmentalism" will not survive this book. It will be frustrating and disappointing for many readers to discover that their good deeds to save the planet can be useless and even counterproductive; they may be nourishing the machine producing environmental degradation: global capitalism, corporate governance, and militarism. But they will also discover in this book stimulating windows to emancipatory imagining and transformative politics that really care for Mother Earth

.Gustavo Esteva Figueroa, author of The Future of Development: A Radical Manifesto

Adrian Parr’s marvelous book Birth of a New Earth does not simply argue that capitalism, neoliberalism, and militarism are incompatible with environmental concerns but also provides concrete examples of how to overcome this incompatibility, which is the cause of our greatest natural, political, and social emergencies. Parr calls upon activists and intellectuals to forcefully resist false policies that claim to foster global sustainability in favor of radical interventions that, one local step at a time, will truly save the world.

Santiago Zabala, author of Why Only Art Can Save Us

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THE WRATH OF CAPITAL: NEOLIBERALISM & CLIMATE CHANGE POLITICS

Bayerl, Fran. ‘Neoliberalism shapes government policies on climate change’, CCPA Monitor (2013): 34- 35.

Cuomo, Chris and Brooke Shuenerman. ‘Thinking Against the Wrath of Capital’. Hypatia, Vol 29, No. 3 (Summer 2014): 695-701.

Felli, Romain. ‘Review: The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics’, Social and Cultural Geography, Vol. 15, Issue 5 (2014): 588-590.

Miller, Ryder. ‘Review. The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics’, Electronic Green Journal, Issue 35 (Earth Day 2013). http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/11m9z248#page-2

Pearse, Rebecca. ‘Climate Capitalism and Its Discontents’, Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 14, No. 1 (February, 2014): 130-135.

Stoekl, Alan. ‘A Differing Shade of Green’, Radical Philosophy (May-June, 2013). 

Toohey, David. ‘Review: The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics’, Marx and Philosophy (December, 2014). 

HIJACKING SUSTAINABILITY

Barber, Daniel. ‘Commandeering Potential: Book Review, Adrian Parr, Hijacking Sustainability’, American Book Review, Vol. 32, No. 1 (November/December 2010): 3-4.

Carlson, Scott. ‘The Threat to Sustainability’, Architecture: The Chronicle Review, May 1, 2009: B19.

Hillier, Jean. ‘Book Review: Hijacking Sustainability’, Deleuze Studies, Vol.4, No.1 (2010): 138-144.

Moore, R. ‘Review: Adrian Parr, Hijacking Sustainability’, Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2010): 283-285.

Poole, Steven. Book Review: Hijacking Sustainability’, Guardian UK, May 2, 2009.

DELEUZE AND MEMORIAL CULTURE

Cain, Jeffrey. ‘After Utopia: Three Post Personal Subjects Consider the Possibilities. William E. Connolly (2008), Capitalism and Christianity, American Style. Durham and London: Duke University Press. Alexander García Düttmann (2007). Philosophy of Exaggeration, trans. James Phillips, London: Continuum. Adrian Parr (2008). Deleuze and Memorial Culture: Desire, Singular Memory, and the Politics of Trauma. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.’ Deleuze Studies, December 2009, Vol. 3: 138-143.