A new issue of Postmodern Openings is out. From Common-place, Lara Langer Cohen (Swarthmore): "The Emancipation of Boyhood": Postbellum Teenage Subculture and the Amateur Press; and sex, patriarchy, and the liberal state: Katie Hemphill reviews Taming Passion for the Public Good: Policing Sex in the Early Republic by Mark E. Kann. Charles Davis on the exploited laborers of the liberal media. Felix Salmon on how the NYT neglects business journalism and on the evolution of Bloomberg News. Hell Week isn’t designed to kill you — it’s designed to make you wish you were dead, or at least to push you to the edge of physical and mental endurance to see how you react. What will NASA be doing with its new quantum computer? Jia Lynn Yang on the things that transparency advocates would like to see America's biggest companies disclose. Capitalism is a “dirty word”: Josh Eidelson interviews Kshama Sawant, America’s new socialist councilmember. Tim Murphy on America’s newest culture war: Football. Alice Robb on how the Red Solo cup became a political football. Could these redesigned state flags bring America together? Kyle Vanhemert wonders. Simon Winchester on his book, The Men Who United the States.
From Double Dialogues, a special issue on The Event, The Subject and The Artwork. Christopher M. Green (Foucault): State, Space and Self: Poulantzas and Foucault on Governmentality. Catherine Morrison (URI): Being, Rhetorical: Aristotle, Heidegger and the Temporal Ontology of Rhetoric. From The Carceral, Bernard E. Harcourt (Chicago): Rethinking Power with and beyond Foucault; Daniele Lorenzini (UPEC): Foucault and the Analytic Philosophy of Politics; Arianna Sforzini (UPEC): Ceremonies, Rituals, Dramatics: A Theatrical “Ethnology” of Power; and Jasmine Rault (New School): On Biopolitics in Queer Theory. From darkmatter, a special issue on postcolonial injunctions. LOL/OMG he is crazy: Robert Kiely reviews Georges Bataille’s Louis XXX. Jonny Gordon-Farleigh interviews Simon Critchley on new political identities. Axel Andersson reviews Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital Obscuring Capitalism by Vivek Chibber. From Sartre to the social condition: Iddo Tavory on the social dimension of the existential. In his review of Luciana Parisi’s recent book, Contagious Architecture, Jeremy Lecomte considers her claim that parametric architecture is a mode of algorithmic computation that should be understood as speculative thought. Finn Janning on the happy death of Gilles Deleuze. From Theory, Culture and Society, an interview with William Davies and Nicholas Gane, authors of The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition (and more). McKenzie Wark on Kierkagaard’s frenemies: From Adorno to Zizek.
Alisher Akhmedjonov (Zirve) et al: Russia’s Regions: Governance and Well-Being, 2000-2008. Andrey Shcherbak (HSE): Nationalism in the USSR: A Historical and Comparative Perspective. From Semionaut, while having the reputation of a timeless classic in the Western world, red lipstick was considered outdated by Russian females for a long time — but new generations grow and times change; and Marina Simakova on decoding democracy: Who’s next in this Pussy Riot marketing quest? Leon Neyfakh on why Russia’s drinkers resist AA: It’s not easy to export the American recovery movement — even to a nation that needs it. Henry Farrell on why Putin bailed out the Ukraine: to prevent unrest from spilling over into Russia. Bathsheba Demuth reviews Our Riviera, Coast of Health: Environment, Medicine, and Resort Life in Fin-de-Siecle Crimea by George Lywood. Graeme Gill reviews Can Russia Modernise? Sistema, Power Networks and Informal Governance by Alena V. Ledeneva. Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan on Russia's surveillance state. Roque G. Vitanza on a chronology of the rise and fall of the Soviet Union in relation to oil. Brigid O’Keeffe on the Soviet Union, Esperanto, and historical imagination. Adam Blanden on Russia and the Left: From statism to civil society. Pawel Pieniazek on unchecked aggression against Russia’s LGBT community. What is Putin thinking? Joshua Tucker on four possible answers: Sochi, Navalny/Ukraine effect, game theory, or Mandela.
A new issue of e-flux is out. Rammy M. Haija (Pacific): The Real Syriana: Interlocking Directorates Shaping a Defense-Petroleum-Policy Complex. Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown): Why Jeremy Waldron Really Agrees with Me. Is Christmas efficient? Tyler Cowen investigates. Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished. Kevin Drum on 10 reasons that long-term unemployment is a national catastrophe. “One person's perversion is another’s normality”: Frances Wilson on how sexual perversion became the new norm. Ad absurdum and the conquest of cool: Thomas Frank on how we're suckers for Mad Men and slick '60s odes to authenticity, and in the end we're just that — suckers. Dhruva Jaishankar on the case for India's nuclear weapons. From MagCulture, it’s been a typically big year for magazines. A very adult Social Security tantrum: Centrist Dems are horrified by Elizabeth Warren’s plan to raise benefits — but populists aren’t backing down. News sites could protect your privacy with encryption — here’s why they probably won’t. Here is the introduction to a special issue of Sexualities on the Fifty Shades “phenomenon”. What's this thing called love, and what does it have to do with ethics? Wanderley Dias da Silva investigates. Bee Somphet on indigenous people and the Arctic: The Cold War in the cold Arctic land. The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is full of words you've never heard before.
A new issue of the International Journal of Islamic Thought is out. Chembea S. Athuman (BIGSAS): The Islamic World of Spirits: Myths or Reality? Marko Babic (Warsaw): Two Faces of Islam in the Western Balkans: Between Political Ideology and Islamist Radicalization. Gwendolyn Yvonne Alexis (Monmouth): Sorry, But Its the Law: The Westernization of Islam; and The Post-Secular State and Religious Liberty: The FBOization of Immigrant Integration. Nilufer Gole on Islam's disruptive visibility in the European public space. Dominique Avon reviews L’Europe et l’islam. Quinze siecles d’histoire by Henry Laurens, John Tolan, and Gilles Veinstein. What does it mean that such a large proportion of Muslims in Europe are "fundamentalist"? Cas Mudde wants to know. The first chapter from Before and After Muhammad: The First Millennium Refocused by Garth Fowden. How widespread is Islamic fundamentalism in Western Europe? Erik Voeten investigates. Jan-Jaap de Ruiter on how Muslims in Europe hold more liberal attitudes than Muslims in Islamic countries and than non-Muslims in some of Europe's less liberal countries. Jonathan Laurence on Islam and social democrats: Integrating Europe’s Muslim minorities. Elizabeth Segran on the rise of the Islamic feminists: Muslim women are fighting for their rights from within Islamic tradition, rather than against it. Why are Muslims finding it harder to complete the haj? Elaine Housby reviews Islamic Globalization: Pilgrimage, Capitalism, Democracy and Diplomacy by Robert R. Bianchi.
Will Davies (Warwick): Recovering the Future: The Reinvention of “Social Law”. John Cromby and Martin E.H.Willis (Loughborough): Nudging into Subjectification: Governmentality and Politics. From New Formations, Jeremy Gilbert on what kind of thing is “neoliberalism”; Jo Litter on meritocracy as plutocracy: The marketising of “equality” under neoliberalism; Lucy Potter and Claire Westall on neoliberal Britain’s austerity foodscape: Home economics, veg patch capitalism and culinary temporality; and capitalist realism and neoliberal hegemony: An interview with Mark Fisher, author of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? Roger Scruton on poverty, the market and the state: The most important lesson we can learn from recent history is that putting quality at the top of the agenda won’t eliminate poverty, it might make it more widespread. Those crazy days of “socialism”: Bryn Jones on the 1970s and the strange death of social democracy. George Monbiot on how the real threat to the national interest comes from the rich and powerful. Amelia Gentleman on the £54,000 degree: How well is AC Grayling's college doing? Gerald Pillay reviews Christianity and the University Experience: Understanding Student Faith by Mathew Guest, Kristin Aune, Sonya Sharma and Rob Warner. We are all the Daily Mail: It took the unfair discrediting of a dead Marxist to finally show people of Britain that the Daily Mail newspaper’s harmful and ill-conceived journalism covered up a deep loathing of the nation it claims to characterize.
From Surveillance and Society, a special issue on Surveillance Texts and Textualism: Truthtelling and Trustmaking in an Uncertain World. Cass Sunstein, a key member of the panel advising Obama about NSA surveillance reform, says Uncle Sam needs to get out of the metadata-storage business. From NYRB, Alice E. Marwick on how your data are being deeply mined. Erik Wemple on MSNBC all day long: Lefty volunteerism, reporting, fluff. George Scialabba reviews Selected Essays of Jean-Paul Sartre, ed. Ronald Aronson and Adrian van den Hoven. Philosophical differences: Volker Hage on the falling-out of Camus and Sartre. Andy Martin on the FBI files on being and nothingness: From 1945 onwards, J Edgar Hoover’s FBI spied on Camus and Sartre — the investigation soon turned into a philosophical inquiry. Is male circumcision a form of genital mutilation? Nadja Sayej wonders. Zach Ford on how Utah federal judge Robert Shelby adeptly dismantled all of the arguments against marriage equality. Alex Pareene on the Presidential Hack List: The POTUS doesn't just love newspaper columnists, he has terrible taste in them — here they are, in order of badness. Nicole Flatow on ten travesties of justice in 2013. Rightbloggers prove they're no sissies by supporting Duck Dynasty, beating up Pajama Boy. “Free speech hypocrites”: Just admit it — your view on items like free speech or the filibuster depends on whatever policy position's at stake.
Timothy J. Demy, Demetri Economos, and Jeffrey M. Shaw (NWC): Historical and Social Constructs of Technology: Contexts and Value for the Contemporary World. Mark Featherstone (Keele): Einstein's Nightmare: On Bernard Stiegler's Techno-Dystopia. Richard Placzek (UWO): The Social Network: Panopticism 2.0. Brad A. Greenberg (Columbia): Tollbooths and Newsstands on the Information Superhighway. Ivar Alberto Hartmann (FGV): A Right to Free Internet? On Internet Access and Social Rights. Maria Farrell on how something changed on the Internet. Phillip Longman on the myth of technology and the death of distance. L. Rhoades on the dwindling potential of digital democracy. Balaji Srinivasan on how software is reorganizing the world. Jathan Sadowski on why pushing people to code will widen the gap between rich and poor. What is it like to work at Amazon? Carole Cadwalladr lands a job in one of its giant warehouses and discovers the human cost of our lust for consumer goods. Deborah Friedell reviews The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. No, technology isn't making everything terrible (or amazing). Secularizing the tech debate: Geoff Shullenberger reviews Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier and To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov. Adam Fisher on Google’s road map to global domination: In the battle for digital dominance, victory depends on being the first to map every last place on the globe — it’s as hard as it sounds. Hacking society: Tom Slee on three books that look at the current state of play in the interconnected world. “Unplugging” from the Internet isn’t about restoring the self so much as it about stifling the desire for autonomy that technology can inspire.
Lawrence Burke (HCT): 21st Century Learning from a 3rd Century BC Perspective. Cheryl E. Matias (Colorado): Check Yo’Self Before You Wreck Yo’Self and Our Kids: Counterstories from Culturally Responsive White Teachers? to Culturally Responsive White Teachers! Jason T. Hilton (Slippery Rock): Are Teachers Professionals? Analysis of the Professional Status of US Teachers. E. D. Hirsch sees his education theories taking hold. Erin Osborne on Rupert Murdoch, Common Core and the dangerous rise of for-profit public education. Why do parents send their kids to private school? Public schools beat private schools: A pair of education researchers have a new take on which schools work — and why. Nora Caplan-Bricker on M. Night Shyamalan's utterly reasonable take on school reform. Christa Bialka and Edward Garcia Fierros review Effective Inclusive Schools: Designing Successful Schoolwide Programs by Thomas Hehir and Lauren I. Katzman. Maria Konnikova goes inside the cheater's mind. Whose character? Lelac Almagor on why character education is inherently flawed. Science textbooks across the country will teach real science because of a decision in Texas. Boredom at school is an epidemic — and a map shows it in real time. Bring back home ec: Ruth Graham on the case for a revival of the most retro class in school (and more). Amanda Ripley on the case against high-school sports: What if we spent the money, time, and energy we devote to Friday-night football games on boosting academic performance? High-school sports aren't killing academics: Daniel H. Bowen and Collin Hitt on how research shows that schools with strong athletic programs have higher test scores and lower drop-out rates.
The inaugural issue of In Brief, the newsletter of South Sudan Law Society, is out. John Yoo (UC-Berkeley): The Legality of the National Security Agency's Bulk Data Surveillance Programs. Haochen Sun (Hong Kong): The Distinctiveness of a Fashion Monopoly. From Resistance Studies, Tova Crossler Ernstrom on fat activism. Machiavelli with malaprops: Jon Ralston on a quarter-century of covering Harry Reid. The modern economy depends on dozens of obscure metals — what happens if we run out? The philosophy of death: Miguel de Unamuno was a man of contradictions — he saw tragedy and death in life, and that was why he loved it. 2013 was the year the grand bargain died — good riddance. Steven Melendez on the soft science of male enhancement pills. Look back with angst: A century on, there are uncomfortable parallels with the era that led to the outbreak of the first world war. The welfare queen: In the 1970s, Ronald Reagan villainized a Chicago woman for bilking the government; her other sins — including possible kidnappings and murders — were far worse. Why are people protesting in Ukraine? Leonid Peisakhin provides historical context. I got it wrong: Seven writers on why they changed their minds. Irit Dekel on laughter and remembering in Berlin. Richard Florida, Mr. Creative Class, is now Mr. Rust Belt — but he's not sorry about Brooklynizing your neighborhood. Sarah Kliff on why Obamacare won’t spiral into fiery, actuarial doom.