Donna L Akers (Nebraska): Decolonizing the Master Narrative: Treaties and Other American Myths. Gambling on nation-building: Tribes are at last becoming sovereign in more than theory, with mixed results. Jefferson’s Women: Sexual enlightenment and racism in the life of a secular hero. Contrary to popular opinion, publicly-funded assistance for the poor has been practiced in America from colonial days. Philippe Fournier (Montreal): Welfare and Foreign Aid Practices in the Contemporary United States: A Governmental Study. Gordon Wood reviews Law in American History, Volume I: From the Colonial Years Through the Civil War by G. Edward White. A review of The Evolution of a Nation: How Geography and Law Shaped the American States by Daniel Berkowitz and Karen B. Clay. American inheritance, Harvard pulpit: Douglass Shand-Tucci on Boston Brahmin liberalism. From History Now, a special issue on American Reform Movements. From Cardus, a review of Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting by W. Scott Poole.
A new issue of Disability Studies Quarterly is out. Sabine Weber (Dusseldorf): Corporate Participation in the Democratic Process in the United States and Germany. From The Philosopher’s Stone, Philip Green on religious freedom (and part 2). From Slate, Will Saletan and Ross Douthat discuss Douthat’s new book on faith in American society, Bad Religion. From dictatorship to democracy: A look at the role ex-Nazis played in early West Germany. Turned off from politics? That’s exactly what the politicians want. From Wired, Bruce Sterling on the New Aesthetic. What do debutante balls, the Japanese tea ceremony, Ponzi schemes and doubting clergy all have in common? Daniel Dennett on the social cell. Indignadas and Indignados of the World, Unite: Eric Toussaint on the international context of global outrage (in 5 parts). What do social movements accomplish and how? Humanizing the social sciences: A review of Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the World Without Becoming a Bore by Peter L. Berger. It’s been one of the enduring mysteries of the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: Where did all the goop go?
Steven Fink (Wisconsin): For the Best of All Listeners: American Islamic Hip Hop as Reminder. From the International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanity Studies, Sirin Akbulut Demirci (Uludag): Franz Liszt in Ottoman Empire. From Mythological Studies Journal, Kathleen Asbo (SSU): The Lyre and the Drum: Dionysus and Apollo Throughout Music History. A review of Making Noise: From Babel to the Big Bang and Beyond by Hillel Schwartz. The first chapter from Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music by Jennifer C. Lena. Contemporary Christian music is more than "ear candy," worship leaders say. Orchestras (and audiences) get more Asian-American every year — will it be enough? Rock, pop, white power: How music influences support for ethnic groups. The Radical Reggae Moment: A review of The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh, and Wailer by Colin Grant. What riot? Alessandro G. Moliterno on punk rock politics, fascism, and Rock Against Racism. A look at why violins cost more than other instruments. A study finds violinists can’t tell the difference between Stradivarius violins and new ones.