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The Best Scholarly Books of the Decade

• arclein

It's been a bad decade for politics, but a great decade for political theory. Three standouts for me were Shatema Threadcraft's Intimate Justice, Adom Getachew's Worldmaking After Empire, and Kathi Weeks's The Problem With Work. But the scholarly book that affected me most powerfully this past decade was Juno Mac and Molly Smith's Revolting Prostitutes (Verso, 2018). It is a thrilling and formidable intervention into contemporary discussions of sex work, and settles the debate in favor of full and immediate global decriminalization. It does so without insisting that there is nothing troubling about sex work: about the psychosexual forces that lead men to buy it, or the economic forces that compel women to sell it.