I recently completed my review (forthcoming in Space and Polity) of the new book by Mustafa Dikeç, Space, Politics and Aesthetics. The book will be available in June. You can pre-order on the Edinburgh University Press website. I have posted a PDF of my review here. The first paragraph is cut-and-pasted below.
Mustafa Dikeç’s new book, Space, Politics and Aesthetics, lends momentum to a now frequent accommodation of aesthetics in political-geographical analyses of spaces of politics. To date, the relevant geographical literature has tended to take its cues from the post-Althusserian political theories of Jacques Rancière and Alain Badiou. This is especially evident in a recent spate of publications on depoliticization, the post-political, the police, and so on. Dikeç’s previous work is notable here. Citations of his 2007 book Badlands of the Republic and several articles from that project (a Rancièrian analysis of urban policy in France) reveal that he plays a significant role in facilitating the current traffic between political geography and post-Althusserian theory. Dikeç’s new book, anticipated by several articles (in, e.g., Antipode, Society and Space, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers), pushes its readers beyond the now familiar theoretical touchstones of his previous book to examine complementary conceptions of politics in key works by Hannah Arendt, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Jacques Rancière. Engagement with the former two thinkers is of course not without precedent in Anglophone human geography. But geographers have not yet examined the particular distinctions and intersections among Rancière, Arendt, and Nancy to which Dikeç now devotes sustained attention. And the book is novel not only for demonstrating the underexplored relevance of each of these thinkers for geography and cognate fields, but also for exploiting productive connections between these thinkers to identify, as the ‘sublime element in politics,’ the disruption of inherited modes of sensing and relating to the world by phenomena unaccommodated by the spatial-temporal order given to them.