From CLCWeb, a special issue on new work in comparative Indian literatures and cultures. From Frontline, in addition to the loss of human lives and property, the near-fatal blows on cultures mark Partition's distinctively hideous features (and part 2). From LRB, why Partition? Perry Anderson wants to know (and part 2). Morgan Meis on Dawkins vs. Sri Lanka, and silence wins. The perils of nation rebuilding: Jacob Heilbrunn on Sesame Street and the corruption of Pakistan. Why are India and Pakistan sacrificing hundreds of soldiers' lives over an uninhabitable icy wasteland? Borders are so yesterday: It’s time to open the doors of our borders — it’s possible, this dream sequence of hope. Buddhists Behaving Badly: William McGowan on what zealotry is doing to Sri Lanka. Navsharan Singh and Urvashi Butalia on challenging impunity on sexual violence in South Asia. Who is pulling the xenophobic strings in Pakistan? Despite increasing recognition, it is hard to correct India’s image in the domain of global cinema. What we talk about when we talk about Sri Lanka: How do Sri Lankan writers recreate their country in their fiction? A review of Anatol Lieven’s Pakistan: A Hard Country.
Mark Tushnet (Harvard): Dialogue and Constitutional Duty. Uliana Loginova and Petra Persson (Columbia): Paternalism, Libertarianism, and the Nature of Disagreement. The coup against Nixon: An excerpt from Fammily of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years by Russ Baker. The earth isn’t dying; it is being killed — and “clean energy” will only make things worse. A review of The Human Right to Health by Jonathan Wolff. Women of the Internet on how the Internet has changed them. Obama Abroad: A review of Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power by David E. Sanger and The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power by James Mann. A look at the Third World troops who fight the U.N.'s wars.
From the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, a special issue on pragmatism and the social sciences. Helen Kopnina (The Hague): Anthropocentric Bias in Anthropology: Re-Examining Culture/Conservation Conflict. Keith E. Whittington (Princeton): Critical Concepts in Political Science. Franz Dietrich (CNRS) and Christian List (LSE): Mentalism Versus Behaviourism in Economics: A Philosophy-of-Science Perspective. A review of Economic Anthropology: History, Ethnography, Critique by Chris Hann and Keith Hart. Revenge of the sociologists: Andrew Ferguson on the perils of politically incorrect academic research. Because of advances in methods and theory, archaeology now addresses issues central to debates in the social sciences in a far more sophisticated manner than ever before. Why don't social scientists want to be read? Because they deal with systems that are highly complex, adaptive and not rigorously rule-bound, the social sciences are among the most difficult of disciplines, both methodologically and intellectually. You want to know the value of the social sciences? Here you go.
Anna Marie Smith (Cornell): Deadly Force and Public Reason. Jesse Hearns-Branaman (Leeds): Utopianism and Alienation in the Information and Technology Society. Thomas Kleven (Texas Southern): Equitable Sharing and Democratic Theory; and Equitable Sharing and the American Ideal. From American, are Americans too dumb for democracy? Lee Harris wonders. A review of Darwin's Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists by Rebecca Stott. What if economics, as we know it is not economic per se, but the product of socio-political arrangements between institutions of power and those conforming to such principles? From Philosophy Now, Joel Marks on crazy, or what is it like to be batty. Gail Collins on how Texas inflicts bad textbooks on us. Cities as technologically precise as a Formula One race car are being built now — do we really want to live in them?
Naomi Cahn (GWU): The New Kinship. Michele Goodwin and Naomi Duke (Minnesota): Baby Cooperatives: Rethinking the Nature of Family. Susan Frelich Appleton (WUSTL): Illegitimacy and Sex, Old and New. Melissa E. Murray (UC-California): What's so New About the New Illegitimacy? We call it “family planning,” even though much of what happens in starting and cultivating a family could rightly be called a surprise, pleasant or otherwise. Are childless people freeloading on the world's parents? From NYRB, a review essay on motherhood. Do we secretly envy the childfree, or is childlessness still a taboo? Basques capture Mothers Cup: Meet the perfect moms who have your back — but aren’t overbearing. A review of Philosophical Inquiries into Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering: Maternal Subjects. Why are teen moms poor? Surprising new research shows it’s not because they have babies — they have babies because they’re poor. A review of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment by Janet Heimlich.
Michael Hauskeller (Exeter): Utopia in Trans- and Posthumanism and Reinventing Cockaigne: Utopian Themes in Transhumanist Thought. Toine Spapens (Tilburg): Do Mafias Control the Criminal World? A Network Perspective. Ciara Torres-Spelliscy (Stetson): How Much is an Ambassadorship? And the Tale of How Watergate Led to a Strong Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and a Weak Federal Election Campaign Act. From The National Interest, Jay Zawatsky on A New Energy Era (in 3 parts). Brian Ingrassia on what the intellectual history of college coaching can tell us about Penn State. The Chronicle Review brings together some key thinkers to discuss what science can and cannot tell us about free will, and where our conclusions might take us. Economists find evidence for famous hypothesis of “comparative advantage”. Why is everyone on the Internet so angry?
With Voyager poised to leave our solar system, Timothy Ferris, the writer who helped compile the time capsules they carry, reflects on our deepest foray into outer space. Plans to mine minerals on celestial bodies could violate many aspects of international space law. A review of Extreme Cosmos: A Guided Tour of the Fastest, Brightest, Hottest, Heaviest, Oldest, and Most Amazing Aspects of Our Universe by Bryan Gaensler. Deflecting asteroids: A solar sail could use light to nudge an earthbound rock into an orbit we could live with. Space anthropology: An interview with Kathryn Denning in the very human way that scientists, engineers and members of the public think about the search for alien life. Why has humanity's expansion into space gone so slowly, if it's even going forward at all? Alone in the void: Like it or not, we are probably trapped in the solar system for a long, long time. Keith Hanson on transhumanism and the human expansion into space. Battleship Earth: Does the Pentagon have the right weapons to fight off an alien invasion? Seth Shostak offers five points about aliens that don't cut it in Hollywood: “2. If aliens come, we’re probably toast”.