Stuart Elden has posted his top 25 academic books published in 2013. Its a really helpful reading list for those interested in politics and theory. I notice that Louise Amoore’s The Politics of Possibility is included in the list. I’ve just received a copy of this and will probably post about it soon. I’ve used Louise’s work a great deal over the last 3 or 4 years. This book looks like another important intervention.
My own favourite academic book of the year was Fred Inglis’ Richard Hoggart: Virtue and Reward (which I posted a review of here). It’s a really helpful read for contextualising work on culture. I also enjoyed Henry Schermer and David Jary’s Form and Dialectic in Georg Simmel’s Sociology (which I reviewed for Berfrois). Another important book in 2013 was James Allen-Robertson’s Digital Culture Industry. In terms of textbooks I enjoyed reading and writing a review (for Antipode) of Matthew Sparke’s Introducing Globalization: Ties, Tension and Uneven Integration.
Three other books published this year that I’ve got on my reading pile for my next project are Philip Mirowski’s Never Let a Serious Crisis go to waste , Greg Hainge’s Noise Matters and Lev Manovich’s Software Takes Command.