Kimberly Springer (Ohio State): Policing Black Women’s Sexual Expression: The Cases of Sarah Jones and Renee Cox. Trevor B. Milton (Old Westbury): Class Status and the Construction of Black Masculinity. Nancy Leong (Denver): Racial Capitalism. Jack Kerwick (Rowan): “Black Conservatism”: The Philosophy of Thomas Sowell. From Civil War to Civil Rights: How should the US remember its Civil War? From TNR, a review of Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable. Why James Baldwin beat William F. Buckley in a debate, 540-160. An interview with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, authors of The Rich and the Rest of Us. From The Chronicle, David Barash on race and playing with fire (and part 2 and part 3). Linda Greenhouse on the fire next term: The next Supreme Court term is a mere four months away; it is shaping up as equally momentous and sadly as a good deal more predictable. Will Alabama voters finally strike Jim Crow language from their constitution in November? From Slate, is Black English a dialect or a language? “Niggas,” in Practice: Jay-Z, Gwyneth Paltrow, and when white people can say the word. A sometime thing: The history of Porgy and Bess is as complex as the history of race in America.
From Monthly Review, welcome to the desert of transition: Post-socialism, the European Union, and a new Left in the Balkans. The EU’s far frontier: The EU has invested heavily in modernising eastern Poland, but joining the Schengen area has cut Poland off from its eastern neighbours and the country’s rural east is lagging behind. Shifting shapes of Europe: An interview with Gerard Delanty, author of Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality. Although reports of its demise are at least three months premature, the death of the euro would also kill off an interesting experiment in monetary geography. Brad Plumer on the 5 possible parts of a “master plan” to save the euro. 12 Signs of the Europocalypse: From the Chinese buying spree to the rise of extremism, here's what to watch for as the continent teeters on the brink of disaster. Richard Falk on how a stronger “political Europe” might save a stumbling “economic Europe”. An interview with Amartya Sen: “There is a democratic failure in Europe”. From Eurozine, Jan-Werner Muller on the failure of European intellectuals.
A new issue of CEU Political Science Journal is out. Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brookes): Understanding the Lion For Real (“Is it an accident that one of the most quoted remarks by Wittgenstein is also one of the least understood?”) From Hispanic Issues Online, a special issue on Hybrid Storyspaces. The secrets of political summits: Summits used to be rare, now they clog politicians' diaries and involve huge entourages — are they really that productive? From The Saturday Evening Post, Aaron Rimstidt on the 10 silliest cliches since sliced bread. Why I hate the myth of the suffering artist: It is absurd and insulting to assume artists are assisted by despair or hunger in a way that, say, plumbers are not. The rebirth of tragedy: The television show The Wire resurrects the classical Greek vision — some conflicts are beyond resolution. I was a teenage Gramlich: Jim Newell on how he conquered monetary policy, macroeconomics, and the giggles. Boomers, you folks had it easy: The anti-youth, “kids these days” reflex is cynical beyond belief. The term “mumblecore” is so twee and horrible, it would instinctively repel you.
From The Atlantic Monthly, the data-driven parent: Will statistical analytics make for healthier, happier babies — or more-anxious adults? Imagine all the Sunday-in-the-park fun of being a father with none of the drudgery — that's what's leading more and more guys to donate sperm to friends and then play the occasional parent; it's an arrangement that can be rewarding for all involved — or an emotional time bomb. When the biological clock never ticks: How will society change when there is no time limit on motherhood? The newest salvos in the Mommy Wars, French edition: Sarah Blustain reviews The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women by Elisabeth Badinter and Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman. S/He: Parents of transgender children are faced with a difficult decision, and it’s one they have to make sooner than they ever imagined. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz on what everyone's missing in the attachment-parenting debate. Lesbian parenting is conservative star Mark Regnerus’s newest target. Adam Davidson on the best nanny money can buy.
A new issue of Freethought Today is out. An interview with Alain de Botton, author of Religion for Atheists. Getting Real: A new breed of skeptics is boldly challenging pseudoscience, blind faith, and all manner of “woo-woo”. What explains foxhole theism? Helen De Cruz investigates. From Religions, a special issue on spiritual exemplars. From Vice, Liz Armstrong writes in defense of cults. Chuck Smith says the End Times means a bright outlook for the Christian church. From SSRC, what is religious freedom supposed to free? Webb Keane wonders. For schools of theology, it's time to bend tradition: Amid financial troubles and declining enrollments, the largest challenge may be cultural — seminaries have to adapt to a changing world. The majority of mainline Protestant churches require pastors to obtain a master of divinity (MDiv) degree, but some argue that a person whom God has endowed with exceptional gifts of ministry can be effective without going to seminary — so why require it, especially in these lean times? What we wear to church: Why what we put on may be more important than we think. A review of Christians Get Depressed Too by David P. Murray.
Paul Jewell (Flinders) and Jennie Louise (Adelaide): It’s Just a Joke: Defining and Defending (Musical) Parody. From Arts and Social Sciences Journal, Jennifer L. Lemanski (UTPA): Western Media Meets Eastern Tradition: Examining the Views of Chinese-American Women on Beauty. The introduction to Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change That Shape Life by Enrico Coen. Are democracies still sovereign?: A roundtable with Seyla Benhabib, Craig Calhoun, Fuat Keyman, David Rasmussen, and Joseph LaPalombara. Getting better: A review of A History of Violence by Robert Muchembled and The Better Angels of our Nature by Steven Pinker. We are all Luddites: Why, after two centuries of endless denunciation, does their very name still convey such subversive resonance? From nonsite.org, a special issue on agency and experience. A review essay on the work of Samir Amin. From Common Ground, Geoff Olson on ending the war on everything: It’s time to declare peace on people, places and the planet. Poseidon’s revenge: The rogue wave is not an ordinary wave — but it’s becoming more common.
From Breakthrough, Dan Sarewitz on liberalism’s modest proposals. Eric Rauchway reviews books on liberalism. From Anarchist Studies, Chris Dixon on building “another politics”: The contemporary anti-authoritarian current in the U.S. and Canada. From Guernica, Rebecca Solnit and David Graeber on anarchism as a problem-solving tool, the return of debtors’ prisons, and why communism is ingrained in capitalism. A review of The Crisis and the Left: Socialist Register 2012. From The Point, a symposium on What if the Left For?, including Michael Berube on Libya and the Left; Peter Bratsis on the Two Lefts; an interview with Bill Ayers; and more on Michael Kazin’s American Dreamers. The American left, liberalism, and equality: An interview with Eli Zaretsky, author of Why America Needs a Left. From The American Spectator, Paul Kengor on The Nation's Top 50 Progressives — and socialists and communists: Did Katrina vanden Heuvel think no one would notice her magazine's affinity with friends of Joseph Stalin?; and we're all Leninists now: Everyone's an intellectual, changing the world and transforming our lives.
From Inside Indonesia, Marshall Clark examines how masculinity is imagined in contemporary Indonesia; and a new book sheds light on the little studied field of male heterosexuality in Southeast Asia. Faking it in Bangkok: Christopher G. Moore on dummy CCTV cameras. Betting on a Cambodian Spring: Why Cambodia’s opposition faces a steep uphill battle in its effort to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen. The slow death of "Asian Values": Why the latest news from Malaysia helps to undermine authoritarianism throughout the region. Brave new world: A reformed Myanmar could have a big effect on its neighbours. The optimism about Burma is subverted by its never-ending civil war. Burma takes its first steps towards democracy, but can the NLD offer more than just Aung San Suu Kyi’s star appeal? Alms-bowl pamphleteer: Benoit Cros on the story of King Zero, a Burmese activist monk. Where Burma dissolves into China: China is wholly involved in the political and economic life of Burma’s would-be breakaway border state of Kachin, at both high and low levels. Does India have a role in Southeast Asia or will it be all at sea? A review of Southeast Asia in World History by Craig Lockard.
Flavio da Cunha Rezende (UFPE): Do Institutions Produce Institutional Change? The New Historical Institutionalism and Analytic Innovations in the Theory of Change. Does anyone really like being called a tourist? A traveller, a visitor or even a foreigner perhaps but never a tourist. A review of Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul by James Livingston (and a response). From Comment, Aaron Belz on jokes as a sophisticated form of border patrol and, in parody especially, correction; and re-dressing a threadbare faith: To think carefully about fashion is not for the intellectually and theologically faint of heart. Roland Topor on 100 good reasons to kill himself right now. Longer than a short story but shorter than a novel, the novella has been the ugly stepchild of the literary world — but that's starting to change. From GQ, George Wright, America's most elusive fugitive, ran for forty years — now that it's over, he might just pull off the greatest escape of all. Love, Actually: Eva Illouz on why modern courtship hinges on social validation.
Andrew R. Thorp (SDS): Globalization and Energy Demands in the 21st Century. Bettina Lis, Christian Nessler, and Jan Retzmann (Mainz): Oil and Cars: The Impact of Crude Oil Prices on the Stock Returns of Automotive Companies. The Man Who Bought North Dakota: How wildcatter Harold Hamm became the biggest winner in the biggest American oil find since Prudhoe Bay. Steve A. Yetiv on his book The Petroleum Triangle: Oil, Globalization, and Terror. Michael T. Klare on why twenty-first century oil will break the bank — and the planet. A review of The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations by Michael L. Ross (and more) and Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil by Timothy Mitchell. Can we survive the new golden age of oil? A flurry of new finds has analysts giddy over a new age of energy abundance — just don't ask about global warming. Does the U.S. really have more oil than Saudi Arabia? The Whistleblower: His secret shame revealed, a fired oil spill cleanup worker continues his campaign to prove that a pipeline company covered up tar sands crude.