Luis Leandro Schenoni (Notre Dame): Unveiling the South American Balance: Revelando o Equilibrio Sul Americano. Daniel Buarque (King’s College): One Country, Two Cups — The International Image of Brazil in 1950 and in 2014: A Study of the Reputation and the Identity of Brazil as Projected by the International Media During the Two FIFA World Cups in the Country. Thomas Kuehn (Bremen): Will the World Cup Change Brazil? Hosting a World Cup and the Birth of New National Narratives. Justin Salhani on how police brutality in Brazil is out of control; and why people are calling out cops for being racist in Brazil. Heloisa Pait on the real friends of Brazil. Joao Augusto De Castro Neves on four reasons not to give up on Brazil. Luis Rodrigo Borba (FURJ): How an Individual Becomes a Subject: Discourse, Interaction and Subjectification at a Brazilian Gender Identity Clinic. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro on how Brazil is believed to have one of the largest archives of photographs of slavery in the world. Clive Thompson on the Brazilians who keep alive the accents of Civil-War-era US Southerners.
Peter Gatrell (Manchester): Owning and Disowning Refugees in the Twentieth Century: What was at Stake, and for Whom? From the Austrian Journal of Political Science, David Reichel (FRA) and Bernhard Perchinig (ICMPD): Reflections on the Value of Citizenship: Explaining Naturalisation Practices (“The article raises the question of why immigrants become or do not become citizens of their destination country”.) Milena Sterio (Cleveland State): The Applicability of the Humanitarian Intervention “Exception” to the Middle Eastern Refugee Crisis: Why the International Community Should Intervene Against ISIS. An island of refugees: Nicolas Niarchos on how the Syrian refugee crisis is unfolding on Lesvos and in the rest of Greece, where the number of desperate arrivals has soared. Philosophies of migration: Jennifer Allsopp on how migration raises more fundamental questions than “should these people be here” — it probes into the very essence of what it means to be human, as well as how we define our communities.
David H. Schraub (UC-Berkeley): Playing with Cards: Discrimination Claims and the Charge of Bad Faith. From Behemoth, Martin Hartmann (Lucerne): On the Concept of Basic Trust; and Sylvia Kuhne (Hamburg): Gambling with the “Gift”? On the Relationship between Security Technologies, Trust and Distrust: The Case of Fingerprinting. Matthew Yglesias on why a resurgent, unapologetic left is on the rise globally. Geir Lundestad, the former secretary of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, says the 2009 award to President Barack Obama failed to live up to the panel's expectations. Eric Boehlert on how media attacks on Clinton’s “authenticity” recall the press’ war on Gore. From The American Conservative, Gracy Olmstead on looking for Mr. or Mrs. “Right”; and Christopher Sandford on Sherlock Holmes’s politics: He was a Victorian libertarian — and imperial conservative. “Realising the Juridical: The Roman Law of Dogs in Later Imperial Sources”: Leslie Green on bullshit titles. Andrew Flowers on how the FDA could change the way it approves drugs.
Was Donald Trump’s education venture, Trump University, a scam? Emma Brown investigates. Andrew Prokop on Donald Trump vs. the Club for Growth, explained. Trump wants to reinvade Iraq, “take the oil”, put a protecting “ring” of troops around them. Bullying experts: Trump is an eighth-grade girl. Andy Cush on what Donald Trump actually stands for: An investigation (and more and more). The Donald is leading in the polls, but who exactly is prepared to vote for him? Alongside Trump’s campaign, activist clashes are growing uglier. Gabriel Sherman interviews former Romney adviser Stuart Stevens on loss, the GOP’s race problem, and why Trump won’t win.
Rens Bod (Amsterdam): A Comparative Framework for Studying the Histories of the Humanities and Science. The arts and humanities aren’t worth a dime: Matt Burriesci is against correct answers and workplace utility. Jonathan Malesic on how robots might save the humanities. Robert Shiller on what to learn in college to stay one step ahead of computers. Survival of the fittest in the English Department: Jonathan Gottschall tried to save literary studies — instead he ruined his career. Gary Saul Morson on why college kids are avoiding the study of literature. Joseph Heath on the problem of “me” studies. What classes should I take? Laura Helmuth on the most useful, practical, life-altering, and enriching courses in an ideal catalog. Rich kids study English: New data shows that students whose parents make less money pursue more “useful” subjects, such as math or physics. If you want to be a famous fashion designer, here are the best colleges. An academic journal about leisure exists, and it’s amazing.
Nile Green (UCLA): The Global Occult: An Introduction. Randy Rosenthal reviews Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity by James J. O’Donnell. Why do Westerners go to extremes in following Eastern spiritual paths? Don’t punish yourself to make the world a better place. The purist’s dilemma: Nomi Maya Stolzenberg on spiritual pollution in a modern world. Kelly C. Smith (Clemson): The Smallest Step of Faith: A New Worldview for a Postmodern Age? Yaacov Yadgar (Bar-Ilan): Traditionism. Will the Left ever get religion, and can there ever be a truly successful, secular revolution? Cherry picking on the Left: Michael Quirk on religion, essentialism, and violence. Attila Tanyi (Liverpool) and Vuko Andric (Mannheim): God and Eternal Boredom. Rik Peels (VU): Does God Have a Sense of Humor? Kaya Oakes: “Just give me that old-time, DIY religion”. A study finds that the more beautiful your home is, the less likely you are to be religious.
A new issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly is out. Fawzia Cassim (South Africa): Protecting Personal Information in the Era of Identity Theft: Just How Safe is Our Personal Information from Identity Thieves? Cinzia Arruzza and Felice Mometti on the discontinuous borders of the European Union. Peter Mair’s Ruling The Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy explains why Jeremy Corbyn now leads Labour — though Mair died in 2011. Dean Baker on the elite’s childlike commitment to austerity. Paul Krugman on Keynesianism, explained. Barton Swaim on how Donald Trump’s language works for him. Donald Trump’s crude insults are effective because they’re true. Obama vs. political correctness: Barack Obama, as the most prominent liberal in America, has a unique power to reject an ideologically hostile virus for the liberal body politic. Hey Ellen, a “little bit of leather” is no better than a “little bit of homophobia”. The first chapter from Franz Kafka: The Office Writings.
From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a symposium on the bailouts of 2007-2009. There clearly is reason for the folks on Wall Street to celebrate the seven years since the collapse of Lehman — they still have their jobs and many are ridiculously rich; for the rest of us, the story is not nearly as good. Jared Bernstein on the lessons of Lehman, learned and unlearned. Barry Bosworth (Brookings): Impact of the Financial Crisis on Long-Term Growth. Tom Streithorst reviews Secular Stagnation: Facts, Causes, and Cures. Nicholas Thomason reviews Masters of the Universe, Slaves of the Market by Stephen Bell and Andrew Hindmoor. Mark Thoma on why Wall Street should pay for the recessions they cause. Dodd-Frank turns 5 — it's Obama’s most underappreciated achievement. David Dayen on yet another subsidy for the big banks: If Congress really wanted to save hundreds of billions of dollars, the Fed could stop paying interest on bank reserves. Glenn Hutchins on why the Fed works: Defending the exquisite balance. To fix the Fed, simplify it.
Sharon E Booth (King’s College): Which Came First, "Nations", "States" or "Nationalism"? Eve Darian-Smith (UCSB): The Constitution of Identity: New Modalities of Nationality, Citizenship, Belonging and Being. J. Paul Goode (Bath) and David R. Stroup (Oklahoma): Everyday Nationalism: Constructivism for the Masses. Not dead yet: In the mid-1990s, many academics declared an end to the nation-state; twenty years later, the influence of the state over daily life is more extensive than ever. Matthew Wright (American) and Tim Reeskens (Tilburg): The Politics of Patriotism: The Unexplored Link between Policy, Patriotism, and Public Opinion. Paulina Ochoa Espejo (Haverford): Borders Matter Morally: Territory, Citizenship and Legal Equality. Which borders will states fight for? The introduction to The Mortality and Morality of Nations by Uriel Abulof.
Luke Ulasa (Frankfurt): Global Community as a Response to the Cosmopolitan Solidarity Problem. Sinisa Malesevic (UCD): Where Does Group Solidarity Come From? Gellner and Ibn Khaldun Revisited. From the Project on Middle East Political Science, a series on rethinking nation and nationalism. In the wake of the Arab uprisings, the concept of nation remains important yet dynamic as Middle East states redefine priorities and react to internal and external challenges.
Thea Johnson and Andrew Gilden (Stanford): Common Sense and the Cannibal Cop. Luke M. Scheuer (Widener): Are “Legal” Marijuana Contracts “Illegal”? Jeanne L. Schroeder (Cardozo): Bitcoin and the Uniform Commercial Code. Malcolm Turnbull defeats Tony Abbott to become party leader and Prime Minister of Australia. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, you may be thinking — but no, I’m talking 1880s Britain and the products are the world’s first mass market media in the shape of Tit-Bits and Answers to Correspondents on Every Subject Under the Sun. Finding your way home: Peter Godfrey-Smith reviews Retrieving Realism by Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor. Scott Lemieux on how partisanship isn’t the enemy of reform — it’s a necessary condition of it. Read the lost dream journal of the man who discovered neurons: Ben Ehrlich on the dreams Santiago Ramon y Cajal recorded to prove Freud was wrong.
From Vox, why is the media more interested in Hillary's email than in Jeb's profoundly dishonest tax pitch? (and more) Bernie Sanders tells Liberty U: Sorry, but the US was founded on “racist principles” (and more). Jonathan Capehart on how Ben Carson cures white fright in the Republican Party. Why Donald Trump is the choice of the Religious Right: It’s all politics (and more). Could an essay about professional wrestling hold the key to understanding Trump’s appeal? French philosopher Roland Barthes is the only one who can explain the Donald Trump phenomenon. Carlos Lozada reviews Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success by Michael D’Antonio. Can the arbiter of polite conservatism give Trump the boot without alienating his followers? Jeet Heer on National Review’s war with its audience. Rebel billionaires eager to follow Trump into politics: The Donald’s success has Mark Cuban considering a run for office — he’s not the only famously rich guy suddenly inspired.
Jeffrey Fagan (Columbia), Anthony A. Braga (Harvard), Rod K Brunson (Rutgers), and April Pattavina (UMass): Stops and Stares: Street Stops, Surveillance and Race in the New Policing. Mike Maciag on where police don’t mirror communities and why it matters: Minorities are underrepresented in nearly every large law enforcement agency in America — some police agencies are now looking to change that. Body count: Engulfed by crime, many blacks once agitated for more police and harsher penalties. Maurice Jackson on why police can’t fix urban America’s violent crime problem: Here’s the solution we keep overlooking. Edward Conlon on the racial reality of policing: Police bias and misconduct are serious problems — but so is the epidemic of homicide among young black men. Collier Meyerson on a guide to debunking “black-on-black crime” and all of its rhetorical cousins. No, Hillary Clinton has never supported white supremacist violence against black communities.
Harold Pollack on Black Lives Matter’s police-reform plan. Radley Balko on how the Black Lives Matter policy agenda is practical, thoughtful — and urgent. The Right-wing hasn’t read this Black Lives Matter textbook, but they are freaking out anyway. Black America’s “gaslight” nightmare: Brittney Cooper on how Black Lives Matter has been demonized following the unrelated murder of a police officer. Vann R. Newkirk on what people get wrong about Black Lives Matter.