Paul Stempel (USAF): The Soul of the Chinese Military: Good Order and Discipline in the People's Liberation Army. Richard Cullen (Hong Kong): Hong Kong: The Making of a Modern City-State. From the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, a special issue on Taiwan under KMT Rule: Recent trends in domestic politics and cross-strait relations. From BusinessWeek, a special report on China in Transition: As President-in-waiting Xi Jinping prepares to take over, a look at the challenges that await China's new management team at home and abroad. From The New Yorker, Evan Osnos on the disaster that exposed the underside of the boom in China. Choosing Confucianism: An interview with Daniel A. Bell on departing from the liberal framework. Lara Di-Luo reviews Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 by Odd Arne Westad. The nine faces of communism: “Ordinary” communists offer rare insights into life in one of the world’s most secretive political parties. Michael Schuman on the myth of Chinese efficiency. From Monthly Review, Yuezhi Zhao on the struggle for socialism in China: The Bo Xilai Saga and beyond. Francesco Sisci on why it is the world or nothing for China.
From the latest issue of The Public Journal of Semiotics, Carolina Cambre (ULO): The Efficacy of the Virtual: From Che as Sign to Che as Agent. From The New Yorker, the voter-fraud myth: Jane Meyer on Hans von Spakovsky, the man who has stoked fear about impostors at the polls. From Vice, Aaron Lake Smith on the death of the American hobo: The National Hobo Convention reaches the end of the line; RIP men: An obituary for a gender; Kate Carraway on what girls hate — haaaaate; and Sam Clements interviews Hunter Moore, the most hated man on the Internet. Is it too late to not be a jerk? A discussion of the teachability of kindness. Alex Pareene on our terribly confused moderates: Centrists like David Brooks and Michael Bloomberg keep backing Republicans who simply don't share their views. From Crime Library, death in a bottle: Rachael Bell on the Tylenol terrorist. Attack of the Ivy League *holes: Every president since Reagan has been an Ivy Leaguer — and that’s not good. Men in funny hats still rule the world: Andy Capper interviews Adam Parfrey, author of Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society.
From Catapult, the scope of our responsibility as Christians extends to all of culture, including the way we do business; how can we apply Christian principles to the free market? Caricaturing Christianity: An interview with Michael Coren, author of Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity. The contested color of Christ: Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey on how the image of Jesus has been made and remade in American history. From Busted Halo, Tom Gibbons on Jesus and power tools; and was Jesus a vegetarian? (and other religious questions for a pundit in training) Saved by fiction: Deborah Smith Douglas on reading as a Christian practice. Her year of living Biblically: An evangelical blogger spent 12 months following the Bible, then she wrote a book about it — now some Christian bookstores won’t sell it. Fred Sanders on the Los Angeles Bible Training School, the best Bible institute in Los Angeles. Nick Spencer reviews Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense by Francis Spufford. Billy Graham’s magazine Decision says Mormons aren't Christians (and more and more and more).
Peer Zumbansen (York): Rethinking the Nature of the Firm: The Corporation as a Governance Object. Growing up Romney: Noam Scheiber on Mitt, Tagg, and the Romney family’s myth of self-reliance. Why naked men get short shrift: For centuries, naked women in Western art have been openly celebrated as objects of desire — but what about unclothed men? I unleashed my freak: Conservative journalist Suzy Spencer sets out to explore the sexual fringe in this country — and is most surprised by herself. From Swans, Michael Barker on fascism and anthroposophy (and part 2). Recently declassified images from the National Archives are like a giant WTF; they reveal Air Force plans to build a flying saucer — also, it was going to outsource the work to Canadians. Just a few more questions: America talks with Catholic candidates Joseph Biden and Paul Ryan. Faces, places, spaces: Adam Gopnik on the renaissance of geographic history. David Sessions on the rise and fall of Dinesh D’Souza: How a once-promising conservative scholar became a fringe huckster. Antoni Dobrowolski, the oldest survivor of Auschwitz, dies at 108.
A new issue of International Journal of Qualitative Methods is out. A new issue of Forum: Qualitative Social Research is out. The introduction to A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences by Gary Goertz and James Mahoney. From Edge, a special section on computational social science, including an interview with Albert-Laszlo Barabasi of Northeastern University on thinking in networks terms. Dwight R. Lee reviews The Tyranny of Utility: Behavioral Social Science and the Rise of Paternalism by Gilles Saint-Paul. It is now the duty of the social sciences to analyse social issues such as evil and morality: Jo Taylor reviews Evil by Michel Wieviorka. The Church and secular social scientists, strange bedfellows: A review of Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution by Mary Eberstadt. Old Money: Sister Y on evolutionary economics and biophobia in social sciences. Why do people love to say that correlation does not imply causation? Daniel Engber on the Internet blowhard’s favorite phrase. Drum roll, please: The higher a country's chocolate consumption, the more Nobel laureates it spawns per capita.