A new issue of Studies of Transition States and Societies is out, including Raj Kollmorgen (Bremen): Theories of Postcommunist Transformation: Approaches, Debates, and Problems of Theory Building in the Second Decade of Research. From Names, Anastasiya Astapova (Tartu): De-abbreviations: From Soviet Union to Contemporary Belarus. Sergiu Gherghina (Frankfurt) and George Jiglau (Babe-Bolyai): Outside the Government: Why Ethnic Parties Fail to Join the Post-Communist Cabinets. Andras Laszlo Pap (CEU): Street Police Corruption: A Post-Communist State of the Art. Michal Valco (Zilina): Communism as a Christian Heresy: A False and Failed Prophecy of an Ideology. Linda Kinstler on what the supermarket collapse in Latvia tells us about a country at a crossroads. Paul Mutter on Belarus, North Korean Europe (and more). Does Europe need Ukraine? Anton Shekhovtsov on how the Ukrainian revolution is European and national. Germany spends more than 20 million euros per year on helping ethnic Germans living in Eastern Europe as "an expression of special historical responsibility" for their suffering after World War II. Dalibor Rohac on the rise and decline of Slovak libertarianism. Scenes from a revolution: Dick Virden on Romania after the fall. Tim Judah goes to Sarajevo to see how it has coped with the memory of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand down the decades. Robert Baker on poor Albania — after communism. Daniel M. Knight reviews Macedonia: The Political, Social, Economic and Cultural Foundations of a Balkan State. Flailing capital of Kitsch: The Macedonian government has spent huge sums turning its capital, Skopje, into a neo-baroque architectural nightmare.
The inaugural issue of UNU Peace and Progress is out. Alex De Waal (Tufts): Reinventing The World Peace Foundation. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Old School/New School Speech Regulation. From Talking Philosophy, Mike LaBossiere on sexbots, sex and consequences. Glenn Beck's most hated scholar, Frances Fox Piven, on the right's deplorable strategy to win more white votes. Noam Scheiber on the rise of the anti-government Left: Why Elizabeth Warren is more radical than Bill de Blasio — and has more national appeal, too. Matthew Wolfson on statistics and languages: Julio Lemos and Fabricio Gerardi on the power of n-grams. Bad news: Jill Lepore on the life and opinions of Roger Ailes. If Roger Ailes is so powerful, why is Obama president? We know more details than ever about how vile the Fox boss is — yet we keep overstating his power. The Paratext's the Thing: For many in media studies, the irritating distractions have become the main attractions. Once a RINO to Rightbloggers, Chris Christie finally earns respect with his bridge to Benghazi. Republican millionaire Ron Unz has a compelling case for a $12 minimum wage, and he’s taking it directly to California voters. From The Guardian, are there qualities you can have in too much abundance, such as too religious, too happy, too ethical, or too intelligent? Don't believe the (marijuana) hype: What most people think they know about marijuana — especially media columnists — is just years of unscientific, paranoid, and even racist government propaganda.
Mathijs Pelkmans (LSE): A Wider Audience for Anthropology? Political Dimensions of an Important Debate. Maite Maskens (ULB) and Ruy Blanes (Bergen): Don Quixote’s Choice: A Manifesto for a Romanticist Anthropology. David Berliner and Laurent Legrain (ULB) and Mattijs Van de Port (Amsterdam): Bruno Latour and the Anthropology of the Moderns. Christopher Howard (Massey): Imagining Post-anthropocentric Anthropology. Dawid Kobialka (Adam Mickiewicz): Time Travels in Archaeology: Between Hollywood Films and Historical Re-enactment? Dawid Kobialka (Adam Mickiewicz): Archaeology Through the Lens of Sherlock Holmes. James L. Flexner (ANU): Historical Archaeology, Contact, and Colonialism in Oceania. Bruce Bradley (Exeter) and Michael Collins (Texas State): Imagining Clovis as a Cultural Revitalization Movement. From the Journal of Ethnographic Theory, a symposium on Marshall Sahlins (and a response by Sahlins). Todd Meyers interviews Paul Rabinow on the logic of anthropological inquiry. Why is anthropology not a public science? Keith Hart wonders. Justin E. H. Smith defends anthropology as science and advocacy — against both the postmodern turn and the simplistic scientism of Napoleon Chagnon. Peter d'Errico on George Stocking, the man who forced anthropologists to respect native cultures. Anthropologist Jason Pine immersed himself with Missouri meth users — it turns out hillbilly heroin is more like hillbilly Adderall. Carole McGranahan on conference chic, or, how to dress like an anthropologist.