From Kritike, Clancy Smith (Duquesne): A Critical Pragmatism: Marcuse, Adorno, and Peirce on the Artificial Stagnation of Individual and Social Development in Advanced Industrial Societies; Wendyl M. Luna (Santo Tomas): Foucault and Ethical Subjectivity; and Jonathan Ray Villacorta (Santo Tomas): From Brokenness of Death to Refigured Forgiveness: Reflections on Ricoeur’s Fault, Narrativity, and Capable Human Being. From Reartikulacija, Sebastjan Leban on contemporary vampirism: Capital and its (de)regulation of life; Marina Vishmidt on value at risk: From politics of reproduction to human capital; Angela Mitropoulos on Legal, Tender; Marina Grzinic on Capital, Repetition; Agon Hamza on the specter of ideological apparatuses; Lina Dokuzovic and Eduard Freudmann on squatting the crisis; new fascisms: Sefik Seki Tatlic on diabolical frivolity of neo-liberal fundamentalism; and a special section on de-linking from capital and the colonial matrix of power. You can download the book First Love: A Phenomenology of the One by Sigi Jottkandt, which explodes two great myths that remain unquestioned in psychoanalysis and contemporary philosophy: that first love is a love of the mother and, in French philosopher Alain Badiou’s phrasing, "the One is not". Here is the preface to Hegel and the Infinite: Religion, Politics, and Dialectic, written by Slavoj Zizek.


A new issue of Symmetry is out. From The Washington Post, a special investigation on Top Secret America: A hidden world, growing beyond control. A review of Free Comrades: Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States, 1895–1917 by Terence Kissack. Magazines: Are there more or fewer magazines now? Worker = Hipster: On our current path, more and more U.S. workers are likely to be turned into knowledge workers, meme generators, hype merchants, identity mongers. If Mars attacks: Do we have an alien-contact contingency plan? BP appears to finally be getting the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico under control — but many of the world's greatest environmental catastrophes continue, with no end in sight. An interview with Alice T. Friedman, author of American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture. The culture wars are over, and we've won — we should learn to celebrate that and move on to the next battle that demands our attention. A review of Natural Computing: DNA, Quantum Bits, and the Future of Smart Machines by Dennis E. Shasha and Cathy Lazere. Yes, ladies and (perhaps a few) gentlemen, the inconceivable has happened: Chick lit has died. End of the Establishment: Where have all the serious Republicans gone? An interview with philosopher John Davenport on replacing the UN Security Council. Wicked men aside, maybe men have good reasons to be depressed — why not suicide?


From Interpersona, a special issue on relationship research in India and South Asia. Rush Hour for the Gods: As India modernizes, mystical traditions are giving way to standardized, commercialized and sometimes fundamentalist modes of faith that do not bode well for the stability of South Asia. Was Nehru just a woolly-headed philosopher or, indeed, a realpolitik player? Buried under the self-rebuke is the moving story of an Indian football team that once reigned over all of Asia; Novy Kapadia recounts the glory years. Is the national census an attempt to dismantle the caste system, or simply a restatement of colonial manipulation? In India, there is a hierarchy of brown — from the lighter, more desirable shades, to the darker, supposedly less desirable shades. Guitar Heroes: Can a battle of the bands help end a brutal insurgency in India? More and more on William Dalrymple's Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India. Will there be an Indian Harvard? Some in India are hoping that inviting in foreign universities will solve the country's higher education crisis. The steamy side of Sonia Gandhi: A hot-and-heavy book has political India in an uproar. Stardom is martyrdom: India arrives in the American imagination. A new Detroit rises in India's south: Car makers are lured by Chennai's port, educated workers and limited hassles. Meet India's tampon king: Critics called A. Muruganantham a "psycho" and "pervert" — who's laughing now?


A new issue of Wag's Revue is out. From Physics Today, Charles Sanders Peirce and the first absolute measurement standard: In his brilliant but troubled life, Peirce was a pioneer in both metrology and philosophy; and in World War I, James Franck helped his native Germany develop gas-warfare defenses — three decades later he urged the US, his adopted country, to tread carefully with an even more terrible weapon. The new abortion providers: An effort to integrate abortion so that it’s a seamless part of health care for women may be the next phase of the abortion wars. An interview with Johnny Rotten: "Don't call me a national treasure". Animal, vegetable, movement? Amy Muldoon on the politics of food. Economics behaving badly: George Lowenstein and Peter Ubel on the limits of what psychology can tell us about choices. From New Statesman, an interview with Christopher Hitchens. Deficits of Mass Destruction: The Iraq War was never really about weapons of mass destruction, and the fight against the deficit is not actually about fiscal responsibility — it's a shell game for gutting the welfare state and redistributing wealth upward. The boy in Playboy: Elizabeth Fraterrigo takes stock of Hugh Hefner. Son of the Bani Tanwir: Stephen Howe on the work of Fred Halliday (1946-2010). What does Obama need to do to shore up his base, woo back independent voters and win a second term? Political experts suggest a few plans of attack.


From the Scholar and Feminist Online, a special issue on children of incarcerated parents. From Law and Society Review, a review of Policing and the Poetics of Everyday Life by Jonathan M. Wender; a review of Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Worse by Todd Clear; and a review of The Perils of Federalism: Race, Poverty, and the Politics of Crime Control by Lisa L. Miller. After a three-decade-long social experiment in incarceration, what do we have to show for it? A review of Banished: The New Social Control in Urban America by Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert. Is this the end of the War on Crime? The era of "Lock 'em up and throw away the key" seems, slowly, to be drawing to a close. From International Socialism, a review of Criminal Records: A Database for the Criminal Justice System and Beyond by Terry Thomas; and a review of Marxism and Criminological Theory: A Critique and a Toolkit by Mark Cowling. More on Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire by Robert Perkinson. Women in the American gulag: A review of Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States. The punishment of anti-social behaviour seems necessary for a stable society, but how should it be policed, and how severe should it be? Game theory offers some answers. The mystery of falling crime rates: Despite widespread economic hardship, the nation’s crime rate has continued to fall.

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