A new issue of the Journal of Business Anthropology is out. Teemu Ruskola (Emory): What is a Corporation? Liberal, Confucian, and Socialist Theories of Enterprise Organization (and State, Family, and Personhood). What the Hobby Lobby ruling means for America: Corporations, it turns out, really are people — and that could be very bad news for the rest of us. Thrown out of court: Lina Khan on how corporations became people you can't sue. George Dvorsky on why it's time to destroy corporate personhood. Corporations are people — so what if people were corporations? Jeff Schwartz (Utah): The Corporatization of Personhood. Avital Mentovich (UCLA), Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago), and Moran Cerf (Northwestern): The Psychology of Corporate Rights. Jefferson Cowie reviews The Employee: A Political History by Jean-Christian Vinel. From the forthcoming The Moral Responsibility of Firms: For and Against, John Hasnas (Georgetown): The Phantom Menace of the Responsibility Deficit. Miriam H. Baer (Brooklyn): Confronting the Two Faces of Corporate Fraud. Christine Bader on how companies commit human-rights abuses in America, too — and yet Americans tend not to describe the exploitation that way. How do business interest groups influence social policy-making? Thomas Paster on business and the welfare state — a literature review. Danielle Kurtzleben on everything you need to know about Walmart, in nine charts. Alana Massey on the last days of Abercrombie & Fitch. Barnali Choudhury (Queen Mary): Gender Diversity on Boards: Beyond Quotas. Bryce Covert on why it's time to fix the very pale, very male boardroom.
Jerg Gutmann and Stefan Voigt (Hamburg): The Rule of Law and Constitutionalism in Muslim Countries. Jonathan W. Pidluzny (Morehead State): Democracy is Not the Answer; Mixed Constitutional Government Is — Regime Change in the Middle East After the Arab Spring. Ellis Goldberg (Washington): The Urban Roots of the Arab Spring. Farhad Khosrokhavar (EHESS): Violence in the Arab Revolutions: The Paradigmatic Case of Egypt. Meah Mostafiz (EPU): Syrian Conflict: Dilemmas and Challenges in Peaceful Settlement. Daniel Meierrieks and Tim Krieger (Freiburg): The Roots of Islamist Armed Struggle. What do we mean by “Islamist”? Elizabeth R. Nugent investigates. The ups and downs of Islamism: Tarek Masoud reviews Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East by Shadi Hamid. Michael Hoffman and Amaney Jamal on how Islam mattered in the Arab uprisings. What was the role of religion in the Arab Spring? Kat Eghdamian investigates. Peter Hill on “the civil” and “the secular” in contemporary Arab politics. Amyn B. Sajoo reviews Minority Rights in the Middle East by Joshua Castellino and Kathleen A. Cavanaugh. Jillian Nicole Blake and Aqsa Mahmud on the Arab Spring's four seasons: International protections and the sovereignty problem. Nathaniel Greenberg reviews The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects by Nouri Gana. A look at life in a jihadist capital: Order with a darker side. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Amichai Magen on the jihadist governance dilemma: After making astounding territorial gains in its war against the Iraqi government the Islamic State declared a caliphate — but can jihadists govern? Dov Friedman on how the U.S. is accidentally pushing Kurdistan toward independence. John B. Judis on how the Middle East that France and Britain drew is finally unravelling — and there's very little the U.S. can do to stop it. Nick Danforth on 15 maps that don't explain the Middle East at all.
The inaugural issue of Disability and the Global South is out. Jessica Tillipman (George Washington): Gifts, Hospitality and the Government Contractor. Jeffrey W. Ladewig (Conn) and Seth C. McKee (Texas Tech): The Devil’s in the Details: Evaluating the One Person, One Vote Principle in American Politics. John Gardner (Oxford): The Evil of Privatization. Tamas Nagypal (York): From the Classical Polis to the Neoliberal Camp: Mapping the Biopolitical Regimes of the Undead in Dawn of the Dead, Zombi 2 and 28 Days Later. Kenneth K. Ching (Regent): What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price. Saul Levmore (Chicago) and Ariel Porat (Tel Aviv): Credible Threats (“This Article suggests that there is a good case to be made for legal intervention on behalf of some commercial threats, in order to enhance their credibility and signaling value”). From the Journal of Political Ecology, a special section on non-capitalist political ecologies. Erin Gloria Ryan on the paranoid hypochondriac's guide to the ebola outbreak. What would Hamas do if it could do whatever it wanted? Jeffrey Goldberg on understanding what the Muslim Brotherhood's Gaza branch wants by studying its theology, strategy, and history. In Central America, war without a name and refugees without papers. Why so many people care so much about others' sex lives? A new study looks at the evolutionary psychology behind ideas of sexual morality. Herbert Gintis reviews Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society's Problems from the Bottom Up by David Colander and Roland Kupers. Twitter has log cabins and Facebook has graffiti — what do the offices of tech giants tell us about the future of work?
Robert Cottrol (GWU): Second Amendment, Constitutional Dysfunction or Necessary Safeguard? Marjorie McElroy (Duke) and Peichun Wang (Penn): Do Concealed Gun Permits Deter Crime? New Results from a Dynamic Model. Linda McClain and James Fleming (BU): Ordered Gun Liberty: Rights with Responsibilities and Regulation. David Kopel (Denver): The History of Firearms Magazines and of Magazine Prohibition. David B. Kopel (Denver): The Posse Comitatus and the Office of Sheriff: Armed Citizens Summoned to the Aid of Law Enforcement. Josh Blackman (South Texas): The 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, and 3D Printed Guns. Tony Masero on the international traffic in arms regulations, 3D-printed firearms, and the First Amendment. An interview with Daniel Webster, director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University. Gun nuts are terrorizing America: Rick Perlstein on the watershed moment everyone missed. Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Isla Vista: Families of shooting victims describe the struggle of lobbying for gun control, and how they keep going. Mike Weisser on what the Left doesn't understand about the gun ownership debate. Gun nuts’ sick power trip: Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on what’s really behind the “open carry” crusade. Gun nuts deploy Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for cynical political scheme. Take your guns to church: Benjamin Boyd on the Second Amendment and church autonomy. Meet the libertarians who keep beating D.C.’s gun laws in court. Dave Gilson on an NRA's Murder Mystery: One court sent him to prison for shooting a woman, another set him free over bad police work — was the NRA's top lawyer railroaded or a "bad guy with a gun"? America's Wild-West gun laws are helping fuel the border crisis: The unwanted traffic between the U.S. and Central America goes both ways. My Parents Open Carry, a pro-gun picture book for children, aims to reassure kids about parents’ weapons. James Brady revolutionized the gun-control debate — does it stop with him?
Penelope Andrews (Albany): A Champion for African Freedom: Paul Robeson and the Struggle Against Apartheid. “I have sinned against the Lord and against you! Will you forgive me?”: Former apartheid leader Adriaan Vlok is seeking redemption — by washing the feet of those he wronged. From Vice, a special series on Saving South Sudan. Iain Marlow on why flying “Internet drones” over Africa is a dumb, libertarian fantasy. Reminders of Rwanda's genocide are everywhere today, in the form of tens of thousands who survived the mass slaughter but were left permanently maimed. Beyond “conflict minerals”: Colin Kinniburgh on how the Congo’s resource curse lives on. The West’s Neocolonial Adventure: Abayomi Azikiwe on Africa and the struggle against imperialism. Will the BRICS bank be a game changer for Africa? Alexander O'Riordan wonders. Claire Adida on her book Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa: Coethnic Strangers. Why are Africa's militaries so disappointingly bad? Michela Wrong on how history, greed, and nepotism are preventing the continent from securing itself against al-Shabab, Boko Haram, and other threats. A United States of Africa? Not yet, but an august summit in Washington aims to take some modest steps toward an old dream. #InstagrammingAfrica: Lauren Kascak with Sayantani DasGupta on the narcissism of global voluntourism. Why every book about Africa has the same cover: Michael Silverberg on the "post-colonialist and Orientalist" undertones of the ubiquitous acacia tree (and part 2). Jonathan Zimmerman on why America must stop stereotyping Africa as a continent of animals. Nick Stockton on the surprising gut microbes of African hunter-gatherers. Graeme Wood on the African country where compasses go haywire: What’s behind the Bangui Magnetic Anomaly?
Richard Ashby Wilson (UConn): Inciting Genocide with Words. Scott Clifford (Houston), Jennifer Jerit (Stony Brook), Carlisle Rainey (SUNY-Buffalo), and Matt Motyl (Virginia): Moral Concerns and Policy Attitudes: Investigating the Influence of Elite Rhetoric. Kim Them Do (UNCTAD): The Way to World Peace via an Integrated Kantian and Buddhist Perspective. Patrick Brown, Jerg Gutmann, and Stefan Voigt (Hamburg): Let the Sunshine in: Why Countries Adopt Freedom of Information Acts. Eoin O'Malley, Iain McMenamin, Kevin Rafter, and Roddy Flynn (Dublin City): Why Are National Parliaments so Unpopular? Journalism, Information and Sentiment. Sabina Lissitsa (Ariel) and Svetlana Chachashvili-Bolotin (RAC): Use of the Internet in Capital Enhancing Ways: Ethnic Differences in Israel and the Role of Language Proficiency. Spider-Man Unmasked: Kirk Semple on the lives behind Times Square cartoon characters. The crooked ladder: Malcolm Gladwell on the criminal’s guide to upward mobility. Michael Oren writes in defense of Zionism: The often reviled ideology that gave rise to Israel has been an astonishing historical success. A visit to the basement where Dungeons & Dragons was born. Did somebody say George Orwell? Owen Holland on how the tolerability of transparency depends, for the most part, on who’s doing the watching (or looking, or seeing) as well as the material interests that motivate such ocular fascinations. The case for defence: The squeeze on global arms spending is ending — but life is likely to keep getting harder for makers of military equipment. Right-wing women are sexier: Cosmo Landesman on the lust that dare not speak its name.
From Aspeers, a special issue on American anxieties. Kathleen Geier on inequality, the flavor of the month. David Atkins on the four basic American reactions to record inequality. Eduardo Porter on why voters aren’t angrier about economic inequality. Another dubious first for America: We now employ as many private security guards as high school teachers — over one million of them, or nearly double their number in 1980 — and that’s just a small fraction of what we call “guard labor”. The Leader of the Unfree World: Mass incarceration, perhaps the greatest social crisis in modern American history, is without parallel on a global scale. The over-policing of America: Chase Madar on how police overkill has entered the DNA of social policy. Have we all turned into a bunch of wusses? Kevin Michael Klipfel wonders. From The American Interest, John Allen Gay on the crumbling cultural foundations of American democracy: Democracy rests on a complex set of values — and many of those values are fading. Lynn Stuart Parramore on why death-obsessed pop siren Lana Del Rey is perfect for late-stage capitalist America. Is modern culture making us crazier? Martha Stout on the science behind America's deepening disturbance. Have we hit Peak America? Elbridge Colby on the sources of U.S. power and the path to national renaissance. America in warp speed decline: If America needed a reminder that it is fast becoming a second-rate nation, and that every economic policy of the Republican Party is wrongheaded, it got one with the release of the Social Progress Index (SPI). The American Century is over: Michael Lind on how our country went down in a blaze of shame. Why the doom and gloom, America? Today’s crises are no worse than many in U.S. history. Jonathan Chait writes in defense of American optimism.
Erika Sarivaara, Kaarina Maatta, and Satu Uusiautti (Lapland): Who Is Indigenous? Definitions of Indigeneity. Rashwet Shrinkhal (Jharkhand): Problems in Defining “Indigenous Peoples” Under International Law. Kate Buttery and Shin Imai (York): Indigenous Belonging: A Commentary on Membership and Identity in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Mauro Barelli (City): The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Human Rights Framework for Intellectual Property Rights. Liam Midzain-Gobin (Ottawa): The Right Response: Investigating the Limits of a Rights-based Discourse for the International Indigenous Movement. Juan Loera (UC-CL): The Power of Wellbeing Discourses among Indigenous and Non-Indigenous People. George Nicholas (Simon Fraser): Indigenous Archaeology. Ghislain Otis and Aurelie Laurent (Ottawa): Indigenous Land Claims in Europe. Michael Hromek and Stephen Harfield (UTS): Looking from Within, What Comes Out? An Indigenous Perspective on Community and Urbanism. Fiona Allison and Chris Cunneen (James Cook): Indigenous Justice Agreements. Chris Cunneen and Simone Rowe (James Cook): Decolonising Indigenous Victimisation. Joe Watkins (Oklahoma) and George Nicholas (Simon Fraser): Why Indigenous Archaeology is Important as a Means of Changing Relationships between Archaeologists and Indigenous Communities. Steven Wheatley (Lancaster): Conceptualizing the Authority of the Sovereign State Over Indigenous Peoples. The Jarawa tribe in India's Andaman islands face extinction as poaching and tourism threaten their survival. Jennifer Kennedy on the plight of the Chagossians. A review essay on contemporary indigenous affairs by Elizabeth Strakosch. Amazon tribe makes “first contact” with outside world.
Jennifer Hudson (Columbia): From Self-Management to Management: Pierre Rosanvallon's Bureaucratic Turn. J. Christopher Soper and Joel Fetzer (Pepperdine): Religion and Nationalism in Israel: Forming and Sustaining the Ties that Bind. Michael M. Roy (Elizabethtown): Belief in Optimism Might Be More Problematic than Actual Optimism. From The Atlantic Monthly, just how likely is another world war? Graham Allison on assessing the similarities and differences between 1914 and 2014; and yes, it could happen again: Instability in Ukraine, chaos in Syria, conflict in the East China Sea — the trigger points for World War III are in place. Dylan Scott on the historic proof Obamacare foes are dead wrong on subsidies. Satanists want Hobby Lobby-style religious exemption from anti-choice counseling laws. Here’s a look at the new Satanic monument being built for Oklahoma’s statehouse. Smarter than thou: Charles C. W. Cooke on Neil deGrasse Tyson and America’s nerd problem (and Amanda Marcotte on the Right-wing backlash against “smartypants” like Neil deGrasse Tyson; and Brad DeLong on elementary philosophy of probability and the War on Nate Silver). You’ll be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap: A case-study on ISO 26000. The summer without a song: After 2013's "Blurred Lines", there have been contenders but no clear winner in the contest to be this year's Song of the Summer. “Sweet lady, your virtues have so strangely taken up my thoughts”: Emily Brand on how guys tried to pick up girls in the 18th century. Rightbloggers to Obama: Why're you impeaching yourself? Germans love getting naked at the beach — so should we.
Terry Flew (QUT): Six Theories of Neoliberalism. Sean Phelan (Massey): Critiquing "Neoliberalism": Three Interrogations and a Defense. Peter Kriesler and John Nevile (UNSW): The Collapse of Neoliberal Capitalism: Causes and Cures: A Review Article. Jedediah S. Purdy (Duke): Neoliberal Constitutionalism. Robin James (UNC): Neoliberal Noise: Attali, Foucault and the Biopolitics of Uncool. Gordon Hull (UNC): Biopolitics Is Not (Primarily) About Life: On Biopolitics, Neoliberalism and Families. Marie-Eve Sylvestre (Ottawa): Narratives of Punishment: Neoliberalism, Class Interests and the Politics of Social Exclusion. Andrew Williams (Exeter): Neoliberalism, Big Society and Progressive Localism. From Soundings, Beatrix Campbell on the need for a gender revolution: Within neoliberalism sexism constantly finds new cultures and contexts, while violence and sexual aggression continue to attract impunity; class and generation under neoliberalism: Ben Little on how the problems of young people are a direct result of the emerging new class settlement; and after Thatcher: Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal, Hilary Wainwright, Pragna Patel on still trying to piece it all together. From carbon democracy to the right to the city: Koenraad Bogaert on the struggle against neoliberalism. Chris Taylor on plantation neoliberalism: Is an intense fixation on present conditions of labor simply the best means of making slavery disappear? Neoliberalism as obsessional neurosis: Japhy Wilson on how neoliberalism is not a monolithic shock doctrine — it is an anxious form of crisis management, which evolves through its failed attempts to conceal a repressed truth. The monster of governmentality: Bruce Robbins reviews The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society by Christian Laval and Pierre Dardot.