I seldom come across an ethnography that truly stays with me. Hannah Knox’s book on climate change is a rare exception, and I recommend everyone to read it. I recently reviewed it for The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology. The review begins like this:
Climate change is arguably one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. Based on ethnographic fieldwork undertaken between 2011 and 2018 among city officials and activists in Manchester, UK, Hannah Knox’s Thinking Like a Climate: Governing a City in Times of Environmental Change offers an impressive attempt to elucidate some of the challenges that climate change poses to modern forms of biopolitical and neoliberal governing and organisation. As such, the author productively carves out a space for analysing how these processes currently participate in the reconfiguration of the political in other settings. Yet, given its ethnographic richness and theoretical agility, the book is of relevance to scholars whose interests are not limited to climate but likewise urban governance, planning, expertise, data, and energy.