ILLUSTRATED BOOK REVIEW: “Bodies as Evidence. Security, Knowledge, and Power”

by Thomas Hoppenheit on May 2, 2019

The human body has become a privileged “bearer and signifier” of in/security – so the main message of the book “Bodies as Evidence. Security, Knowledge, and Power” (eds. Maguire, Rao, Zurawski 2018). As such, body-evidence relations can be turned into an insightful object of inquiry, as the nine thematic chapters of the book show. Jean Comaroff praises the book precisely for illuminating “the core drama of our times, when radical uncertainty feeds a fetishism of evidence, when alt-authoritarianism breeds a strange new relativism and an insidious obsession with fakery” (book-cover).

Illustrated book review by Monika Weissensteiner, continue reading via and have a look at the animated illustrations (video) of the first chapter below.

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