Clare Huntington (Fordham): Staging the Family. Linda C. McClain (BU) and Daniel Cere (McGill): What is Parenthood? Contemporary Debates about the Family. In the past few weeks, there have been a bevy of articles and studies that all point to this news: At long last, the Daddy Wars are coming. Project parenthood: You don’t have to be a Tiger Mother to believe in pushing your children to greater things — but is there a case for letting them find their own way? The case for one: Don't worry about having just one kid — it probably doesn't matter. How did work-life balance in the U.S. get so awful? Because single moms are growing faster. Fox News Fact Check: Is it bad for lower-income kids if Mom has a job outside the home? Steven Mazie on the problem with rich kids. Helena Lee on why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. Parents often threaten to kick their children out of their homes, and sometimes they even follow through — but is it legal to do so?
Zahra Albarazi (Tilburg): The Stateless Syrians. Lama Abu-Odeh (Georgetown): Egypt's New Constitution: The Islamist Difference. Paul A. Eden (Sussex): Palestinian Statehood: Trapped between Rhetoric and Realpolitik. Marcia A. Grant (Ashesi): Challenges of Introducing Liberal Arts Education for Women in the Middle East. From Ethics and International Affairs, a review essay on the Arab Spring, two years on, by Nader Hashemi. Extreme capitalism of the Muslim Brothers: The neoliberal policy of Egypt’s new president Mohamed Morsi looks very much like a continuation of that of Mubarak. How an American NGO came to Cairo after the revolution hoping to build a democracy, and ended up alienating the very people it was supposed to help. Ahmad Samih Khalidi on Palestine, peoples and borders in the new Middle East map. Aaron David Miller on the myth of the Arab state. How do we know the death toll in Syria is accurate?
From the Jewish Review of Books, Benny Morris reviews Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country—and Why They Can’t Make Peace by Patrick Tyler. Why should we even care if the government is collecting our data? Kafka, not Orwell, can help us understand the problems of digitized mass surveillance, argues legal scholar Daniel J. Solove (and more). Oversight now: Bruce Ackerman on why Congress needs to go big — and restrict the power of a runaway executive branch. Sam Pizzigati on where Uncle Sam ought to be snooping: Let’s place private corporations with government contracts under surveillance — to make sure no one is getting rich off our tax dollars. “I don’t care much about my image”: John McDermott interviews Bernard-Henri Levy on toppling tyrants and his new “rendezvous with the question of art”. Beyond recognition: Katie Drummond on the incredible story of a face transplant.
Brandon Aultman (CUNY): On the “Flat” Democratic Life: Exploring the Trans Imaginary through Bruno Latour. Sanne van der Hout (Radboud): The Homeotechnological Turn: Sloterdijk’s Response to the Ecological Crisis. Eugene W. Holland (OSU): Deleuze and Guattari and Minor Marxism. Rebecca Gould (Yale-NUS): Laws, Exceptions, Norms: Kierkegaard, Schmitt, and Benjamin on the Exception. Mitchell Dean (CBS): The Prince and the Population: Rethinking the Government of Life. Adam Kotsko on how to read Agamben. Edyta Niemyjska and Michael J. Kelly interview Paul Rabinow, a leading scholar on the philosophy of Michel Foucault. A sample chapter from Philosophical Temperaments: From Plato to Foucault by Peter Sloterdijk. You can download Critical and Effective Histories: Foucault's Methods and Historical Sociology by Mitchell Dean (1994).
Hun Chung (Rochester): Hobbes's State of Nature: A Modern Bayesian Game-Theoretic Analysis. Waller R. Newell on how Plato and Aristotle help us understand the tyranny of Bashar al-Assad. Daniel Drezner on why Obama is arming Syria's rebels: it's the realism, stupid. Peter Ludlow on the real war on reality: Surveillance and deception are not just fodder for the next “Matrix” movie, but a real sort of epistemic warfare. Are savages noble? Ronald Bailey reviews Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk and The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond. Uncapturing the Friedmans: Jesse Friedman spent 13 years in prison as a notorious child rapist — he may soon get an apology. Jordan Weissman on the court ruling that could end unpaid internships for good.
Eric D. Knowles (NYU), Rebecca L. Schaumberg and Brian S. Lowery (Stanford), and Elizabeth P. Shulman (UC-Irvine): Race, Ideology, and the Tea Party: A Longitudinal Study. The introduction to Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America by Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto. Jeremy Stahl on how bigoted taunts by the children of GOP honchos have everything to do with politics. Molly Redden on how Michele Bachmann's potential successors are almost as loopy as she is. Ronald Brownstein on why Republicans can get away with ignoring their problems: The GOP can enjoy another strong midterm election in 2014 without doing much more to attract young or minority voters. Noam Scheiber on how Obamacare is killing the GOP: Republicans' obsession with the law will be the party's undoing. Ramesh Ponnuru on a chronic disease: Obamacare won't go away on its own. Kevin Drum on how Republicans just don't care about improving healthcare.
From The Brooklyn Rail, Katie Rolnick reviews The Art of Freedom: Teaching the Humanities to the Poor by Earl Shorris. Humanities fall from favor: Far fewer Harvard students express interest in field with weak job prospects. Ave atque vale: Upon his retirement from Yale, Donald Kagan considers the future of liberal education in this farewell speech. From LARB, Ian Bogost, Cathy N. Davidson, Al Filreis and Ray Schroeder on MOOCs and the future of the humanities: A roundtable (and part 2). Erik Loomis on Leon Wieseltier on the core reason for the humanities crisis. Honing the mind and nurturing the soul: Steven Schwartz on why the humanities are underrated. Peter Augustine Lawler on defending the humanities: Job one is outing scientism. A humanist apologizes to numbers: Word person Jon Volkmer, despite years of mutual hostility, tries a little detente with those dour digits. Who knows what: For decades the sciences and the humanities have fought for knowledge supremacy — both sides are wrong-headed.
Dimitris Batzilis (Chicago): Bribing Abroad. Joel D. Velasco (Caltech): Phylogeny as Population History. The judge as geokrat and maximalist: An interview with Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel. Bathrooms are not separate-but-equal: A Maine court case signals the next frontier of civil rights — transgender equality. The Transhumanist Pendulum: George Bickers on post-human morality according to Chronicle. From The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology, here is the entry on political rhetoric by Susan Condor, Cristian Tileaga, and Michael Billig. Where looks don’t matter and only the best writers get laid: Elvia Wilk on how the feminist internet utopia failed, and we ended up with speculative realism. Simon Critchley reviews The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths by John Gray.
From The Village Voice, Nick Greene on “Only in New York!” and six other New York sayings that are completely false. Washington, a tale of two cities: Two politicians — a former and a would-be mayor — symbolise the momentous changes polarising America’s capital. Edward McClelland on why the smartest people in the Midwest all move to Chicago. The death and life of Chicago: Ben Austen on an innovative campaign to move “home-less people into people-less homes”. L.A. takes the high road: Los Angelenos are at long last seeing the error of their ways and taking a very different view of their city — and themselves. Think again, again: Brian Doyle writes in defense of the City of Roses. The future of the American city: A “great inversion” is taking place — once, Americans fled inner cities for a suburban paradise, bit now an urban revival is making the suburbs the home of the poor.
A new issue of 21C Magazine is out. From the Claremont Review of Books, a review essay on geography and world politics by Colin Dueck. Amitai Etzioni on the moral minimum of arming rebels. From Metanexus, Lowell Gustafson on Big History and Big Politics and the dialectic of individualism and communitarianism; and the littleBIG History app is an interactive timeline that lets you explore world history on an unprecedented scale — from the first miliseconds after big bang to the present and beyond. Mat Little writes in praise of idleness and other scandalous notions. Cops and Robbers: Robert Whitaker on why the Church of Scientology hated Interpol. Joao Cezar de Castro Rocha on "anthropophagy as a worldview": Camus meets Oswald de Andrade. Satisfaction and smiles in an unequal world: If President Obama played basketball with the king of Bhutan, would the world have a better shot at becoming a happier place?