Brian Jefferson is Associate Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on intersections of digital space, the state, and capitalism. Jefferson’s recent publications explore relations between the IT sector, mass criminalization, and urban governance. He edits the digital magazine societyandspace.org and is on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Urban Geography.
Digitize and Punish: Racial Criminalization in the Digital Age
University of Minnesota Press
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
No doubt a must read for anyone interested in the links between capitalism, racism, and incarceration. Gilmore’s work (along with that of Angela Y. Davis and Michelle Alexander) has inspired a generation of activists and scholars dedicated to abolishing mass criminalization and replacing it with a more humane institutions, policies, and practices. Golden Gulag also provides an elegant example of how historical materialism is still a potent tool for analyzing racism—most notably it shows the pivotal role of the racial state in the production and circulation of capital.
Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin
An excellent resource for thinking about the ways in which computer code transforms how we conceptualize, experience, produce, and traverse social space. What is more, Dodge and Kitchin highlight how the convergence of code and social space resonates across spatial scales, effecting everything from global political economy to everyday life. Clearly written, empirically grounded, and theoretically rigorous, Code/Space offers a unique take on digital space that is applicable across various domains of knowledge.
Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski
This edited volume offers a number of insightful essays for thinking about the materiality and social relations that create conditions for our ever-expanding media infrastructures. The collection is at the forefront of scholarship pushing back against overly abstract studies on digital media. Signal Traffic shows us that many of the great transformations engendered by the digital revolution extend far beyond matters of knowledge production and representation. In addition, the contributors demonstrate, the digital age also came with its own economic, environmental, geographic, interspecies, political, and social disruptions. The book is especially a must read for the next generation of social scientists and humanities scholars who study digital technology.