Erin Buzuvis (Western New England): Transsexual and Intersex Athletes. Genevieve Lakier (Chicago): Sport as Speech. The Great White Hoax: How Chael Sonnen used racially coded language to tap into some dark insecurities and rise through the ranks of the UFC. Calum Mechie reviews The Outsider: A History of the Goalkeeper by Jonathan Wilson. Nothing rivets America’s attention like the fall of a superstar athlete; the recent roll of dishonor — Lance, Tiger, A-Rod, Manti Te’o, and, of course, JoePa — is a primer in the pathologies of sports heroes, sports media, and sports fans. Marci Hamilton on what universities, schools, teams, and leagues must do in the wake of the Penn State, Olympic swimming, and Poly Prep Country Day School child abuse scandals. Todd A. McFall reviews The Rise of the National Basketball Association by David George Surdam. Tyler Shipley on militarism and sports. Actually, Jason Collins isn't the first openly gay man in a major pro sport.
From Geocurrents, Asya Pereltsvaig on the geography of sin in the US. The Centroid: From the department of curiosities — a federal statistic that tracks the balance point of the U.S. population. From Journalist’s Resource, a research roundup on economic and social change in U.S. cities and urban areas. Aaron David Miller on how geography explains the United States: Our country remains uniquely secure from foreign threats — and that shapes how Americans see the world. America's seismic demographic shift is upending life in our suburbs, cities and our popular culture — so why are we still clinging to the same stories to make sense of these changes? Vulnerability in an open city: Urban life means risk — that’s why we live here. Go ahead, secede already: Lee Siegel on why the South should get the hell out of the union. Joel Kotkin on the triumph of suburbia. Anna Clark on the tyranny of the ZIP Code: They don't just locate us — they define us.
A new issue of Harvard Political Review is out. Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galor say the range of a given population’s genes — determined 70,000 to 90,000 years ago when humans first journeyed out of East Africa — played a decisive role in determining which lands would hit the economic jackpot. The Thin Red Line: Dexter Filkins on the White House debate over Syria. A person named “John Titor” started posting on the Internet one day, claiming to be from the future and predicting the end of the world — then he suddenly disappeared, never to be heard from again. If the Millionaires’ Party ever gets its act together, watch out: They would have a filibuster-proof super-majority in the Senate, a majority in the House, a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court, and a man in the White House. Semper Fi, Dude: It’s the Marines against the surfers in a California beach battle.
Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon (Oxford): Social Science in the Era of Big Data. David Weigel on the Republican war on social science: They’re winning it. Is “social science” an oxymoron? John Horgan wonders. In praise of sociology: Here is Pierre Bourdieu’s acceptance speech for the Gold Medal of the CNRS. Twentieth century sociology, made (mostly) in America: Stoddard Martin traces the American origins of European social research. You can download 21st Century Sociology, ed. Clifton D. Bryant and Dennis L. Peck (2007). An original thinker of our time: Cass Sunstein reviews Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman by Jeremy Adelman (and more). Why I let my students cheat on their game theory exam: Teaching people game theory is good — making them live it is even better, says UCLA professor Peter Nonacs. The first chapter from Jane Austen, Game Theorist by Michael Suk-Young Chwe.
A new issue of The Toronto Review of Books is out. Jennifer M. Grek Martin, Anatoliy Gruzd, and Vivian Howard (Dalhousie): Navigating an Imagined Middle–earth: Finding and Analyzing Text–based and Film–based Mental Images of Middle–earth through TheOneRing.net Online Fan Community. Steve Fishman on Al Gore’s Golden Years: The almost president has become the ultimate Davos Man, a moral entrepreneur and richer than Mitt Romney. There's no denying the data in support of the "Flynn Effect": human beings have gotten a lot smarter in the past several decades — Claude Fischer examines the reasons and implications. Marin Cogan on the art of the Washington photobomb: On Capitol Hill, a popular web meme is a daily fact of life. When divas attack: Heather Havrilesky on what the dueling judges of “American Idol” teach us about talent.
Sari M. Graben (UC-Berkeley) and Peter Harrison (Queen's): Science and Compliance in the Arctic: Explaining the Authority of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. Becky Oskin on what Antarctica looked like before the ice. Cold rush: Clive Schofield explores the reality and the hype of Arctic boundary disputes, land grabs, resource races, and the transformation of global shipping. A Coast Guard that can fight: As the Arctic becomes an arena for conflict, the United States’ forgotten naval force will need to cowboy up. Klaus Dodds on five inconvenient truths about the Antarctic. The greening of the Arctic is underway: As the climate changes, trees and shrubs are poised to take over tundra and alter the Arctic's ecosystems. Brooke Jarvis interviews actor Ezra Miller on Arctic activism. Two months aboard an Antarctic ice breaker, condensed to 5 minutes. This Antarctic research base actually looks pretty cozy.
From M/C Journal, a special issue on catastrophe. Jan Chovanec (Masaryk): How Come You're Not a Criminal? Immigrant Stereotyping and Ethnic Profiling in the Press. From First Things, Alan Jacobs on Lena Dunham’s Inviolable Self: Contrasting the moral worlds of Jane Austen and Girls. Corey Robin on the Wrongly Attributed Statement (WAS): Our democratic poetry. Enough already: There is no point at which those who accumulate money become satisfied. Mark Malseed on the story of Sergey: How the Moscow-born entrepreneur cofounded Google and changed the way the world searches. Jim Holt reviews The Fractalist: Memoir of a Scientific Maverick by Benoit B. Mandelbrot. McAuliffe vs. Cuccinelli: Jonathan Chait on seven more unpleasant rooting choices. Molly Ball on why both the Dems and the GOP now think voters prefer female candidates.
A new issue of Postcolonial Text is out. Christian Gilliam (Royal Holloway): Sartre and Foucault in Dialogue: Toward a Post-Existentialism. Postcolonial theory discounts the enduring value of Enlightenment universalism at its own peril: Jonah Birch interviews Vivek Chibber, author of Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital. Jameson Redux: Jonathan Arac reviews Post-Postmodernism: or, The Cultural Logic of Just-in-Time Capitalism by Jeffrey T. Nealon. “Something in all men profoundly rejoices at seeing a car burn”: Frederick H. Pitts that reassess the importance and impact of Jean Baudrillard’s The Mirror of Production (and part 2). Sebastiano Maffettone on how to avoid the liaison dangereuse between post-colonialism and post-modernism. John Lepper reviews The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International by Mackenzie Wark and Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy by Richard Gilman-Opalsky.
Maria del Guadalupe Davidson (Oklahoma): Imagined Communities: Whitopia and the Trayvon Martin Tragedy. Mikhail Lyubansky (Illinois): Restorative Justice for Trayvon Martin. James G. Dwyer (William and Mary): Jailing Black Babies. David G. Embrick and Kasey Henricks (Loyola): Discursive Colorlines at Work: How Epithets and Stereotypes are Racially Unequal. The introduction to The Color of Our Shame: Race and Justice in Our Time by Christopher J. Lebron. Sharon J. Riley interviews Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr., authors of Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party (and more at Bookforum). Ta-Nehisi Coates on how the ghetto is public policy: The wealth gap is not a mistake — it is the logical outcome of policy and democratic will. Heben Nigatu on 27 things you had to deal with as the only black kid in your class.