Tommy J. Curry (Texas A&M): Michael Brown and the Need for a Genre Study of Black Male Death and Dying. Robin Diangelo (Westfield State): Emo-Cognitive Explorations of White Neurosis and Racial Cray-Cray. Heather Hensman Kettrey (Vanderbilt) and Whitney Nicole Laster (UC-Merced): Staking Territory in the “World White Web”: An Exploration of the Roles of Overt and Color-Blind Racism in Maintaining Racial Boundaries on a Popular Web Site. William T. Hoston (Houston): I Love Being a Black Man: The Plight, Triumph, and Reflective Mode of Black Male Success. Whites view the term “African-American” more favorably than “black”. Redefining the N-Word: Dave Sheinin and Krissah Thompson examine a racial slur entrenched in American vernacular that is more prevalent than ever (and more by Calvin D. Fogle and more by Kehinde Andrews). The word has racial connotations, and those connotations are different for white people and black people, whether we choose to accept that or not; it’s about personal responsibility — but why y’all wanna say it so bad anyway? The term "douchebag" is the white racial slur we have all be waiting for. Lawrence Otis Graham: “I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong”. Why would we need something called “The Whiteness Project”? Jessica Roy wonders. Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops — it’s white rage against progress. Ben Stein says the “real problem with race” is a “self-defeating black underclass”. Nick Kristof on when whites just don’t get it, part 4. White people think black people are magical. If you’re lucky enough to earn a living from your art, you’re probably white: The thing about racial diversity among working artists in America is that it doesn't exist. Sam Biddle on how the “Southern belle” is a racist fiction. Jason Zengerle on how the death of the Southern white Democrat hurts African-Americans the most.

Viviane Brachet-Marquez (COLMEX): State Formation in Latin America: A Relational Approach. Thamy Pogrebinschi (WZP): The Pragmatic Turn of Democracy in Latin America. Gabriela Tarouco (Pernambuco): Electoral Governance in Latin America and the Behavior of Oppositions. Gabriela Tarouco (UFPE): The Role of Political Parties in Electoral Governance: Delegation and the Quality of Elections in Latin America. I, the Supreme: Latin America needs term limits — but how strict should they be? Jessica Sequeira on Latin America’s other bite. A new issue of Latin American Economic Review is out. Richard M. Bird (Toronto) and Eric M. Zolt (UCLA): Fiscal Contracting in Latin America. Juan F. Gonzalez Bertomeu (ITAM): Populism and Redistribution in Latin America: Conceptualizing a Threshold of Acceptance. Armando Barrientos (BWPI) and Juan Miguel Villa (Manchester): Economic and Political Inclusion of Human Development Conditional Transfer Programmes in Latin America? Eva Paus (Mount Holyoke): Latin America and the Middle Income Trap. Liliana Rojas-Suarez and Maria Alejandra Amado (CGD): Understanding Latin America's Financial Inclusion Gap. Mauricio Bucca (Cornell): Merit and Blame in Unequal Societies: Explaining Latin Americans' Beliefs about Poverty and Wealth. Jose Henrique Bortoluci and Robert Jansen (Michigan): Toward a Postcolonial Sociology: The View from Latin America. J. Justin Castro (Arkansas State): Media in Twentieth-and Twenty-First-Century Latin America. In Latin America, the money may be in the media startups. Dennis Rodgers (Glasgow) and Adam Baird (UPEACE): Understanding Gangs in Contemporary Latin America. German Lopez on how the war on drugs perpetuates violence in Latin America. A look at how the U.S. compares to Latin America on civil rights. What is driving the advance of evangelical Protestantism in Latin America? A look at how Latin America is losing its Catholic identity. Enrique Krauze on anti-Semitism in Latin America. From nonsite, a special issue on the contemporary relationship between literature and politics in Latin America today.

Manuel Worsdorfer (Frankfurt): The “Societal Crisis of the Present” as a Neoliberal Leitmotif. Jens David Ohlin (Cornell): The Right to Exist and the Right to Resist. From The Economist, a special report on The Pacific Age: Under American leadership the Pacific has become the engine room of world trade — but the balance of power is shifting. Obama’s following Bush in helping poor countries fight climate change — suddenly that’s controversial. Roaming the land: Josh Barfield on the immigration crisis and The Walking Dead. Some Central American children will now be able to legally join families in the US. Conor Friedersdorf on why a shirt with scantily-clad women caused an Internet fight: Digital norms are making the culture wars worse. The Anti-Obamacare FAQ: Reihan Salam on everything you need to know about why conservatives want to repeal the president’s health care law. That silence you hear is the sound of working just fine. Rebecca Traiser on how no one wanted to talk about Bill Cosby's alleged crimes because he made white America feel good about race. Chris Cillizza on why Elizabeth Warren would be a very dangerous candidate in 2016. Remember Ebola? The outbreak in Liberia is in rapid retreat. The culture wars are not nastier because people on the internet don't have to face their adversaries — they're nastier because even minor blowups seem huge. Seven of the 30 largest corporations in US paid more to their CEOs than they did in taxes, study finds. Ulf Bohmann and Dario Montero interview Charles Taylor on history, critique, social change and democracy. Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, the Duchess of Alba and the world's most titled aristocrat, dies at 88.

Moria Paz (Stanford): Human Rights, Immigration, and Border Walls. Kieran Oberman (Edinburgh): Immigration and Equal Ownership of the Earth. Eric A. Posner and Glen Weyl on a radical solution to global income inequality: Make the U.S. more like Qatar by having open migration laws that are coupled, paradoxically, with caste systems. Kristina Shull (USC): “Nobody Wants These People”: Reagan’s Immigration Crisis and the Containment of Foreign Bodies. Steve Striffler (UNO): The Left, Labour, and the Future of U.S. Radicalism: The Struggle for Immigrant Rights. Maritza Reyes (Florida A&M): Opening Borders: African Americans and Latinos Through the Lens of Immigration. Mary C. Waters and Asad L. Asad (Harvard) and Philip Kasinitz (CUNY): Immigrants and African Americans. During the past 20 years, immigrants and young people have transformed the demographics of urban America — now, they’re transforming its politics and mapping the future of liberalism. Julia Preston on the big money behind the push for an immigration overhaul. Does the president have the power to decide unilaterally whether to exempt millions of immigrants from deportation? Federalist Society panel says action on deportations is legal (and more). The Roberts Court has already said that Obama has the power to issue his immigration order (and more). Note to GOP: Just because Right-wingers are blind with rage doesn't mean Obama's immigration action is illegal. Obama's immigration order will be legal — but will the public like it? Senator Tom Coburn is half warning, half threatening that the impending immigration executive order could lead to “instances of anarchy [or] violence” and “civil disobedience” — what would that look like? Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach warns Obama's executive actions could lead to “ethnic cleansing”. Reagan and Bush acted unilaterally on immigration, too — for the same reason that Obama will (and more). Trolling the GOP: Is Obama fast-tracking his deportation plan to mess with Boehner’s leadership strategy? Shutting down the federal government to protest Obama’s immigration policies is a masterpiece of self-sabotage, harnessing the party’s most self-destructive short-term political maneuver to its most dangerous long-term demographic liability; it is the sharks-with-laser-beams of political maneuvers. Here’s your complete guide to Obama’s immigration executive action (and more). A look at the best arguments for, and against, Obama's executive action on immigration.

Albert Lin (UC-Davis): Myths of Environmental Law. John Copeland Nagle (Notre Dame): The Environmentalist Attack on Environmental Law. Julia Johnson (Duke): Creating “Accidental Environmentalists” in America: Reconsidering Why Green Initiatives Have Fallen Flat. Robert Meltz on climate change and existing law: A survey of legal issues past, present, and future. Fabian Schuppert (QUB): Beyond the National Resource Privilege: Towards an International Court of the Environment. Tyler McCreary (UBC) and Vanessa Lamb (York): A Political Ecology of Sovereignty in Practice and on the Map: The Technicalities of Law, Participatory Mapping, and Environmental Governance. Andrew Long (Missouri): Complexity in Global Energy-Environment Governance. You can download Environmental Democracy at the Global Level by Giulia Parola. Anneleen Kenis and Matthias Lievens (Leuven): Searching for “the Political” in Environmental Politics. Ngo Van Long (McGill): The Green Paradox in Open Economies. Mark Lindley and H.M. Desarda (Hyderabad): Amartya Sen and Ecological Economics. Sirisha Naidu (Wright State): Conservation as Economic Imperialism. Noel Castree (Manchester) and George Henderson (Minnesota): The Capitalist Mode of Conservation, Neoliberalism and the Ecology of Value. An Caixia and Sun Daojin (Southwest-China): The Humanitarian Spirit of Marxist Environmental Philosophy. Jason W. Moore (Binghamton): The Capitalocene, Part I: On the Nature and Origins of Our Ecological Crisis and The Capitalocene, Part II: Abstract Social Nature and the Limits to Capital; Cheap Food and Bad Climate: From Surplus Value to Negative-Value in the Capitalist World-Ecology; and The End of Cheap Nature or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about “the” Environment and Love the Crisis of Capitalism. Can climate change cure capitalism? Elizabeth Kolbert reviews This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein.

Luara Ferracioli (Amsterdam): Family Migration Schemes and Liberal Neutrality: A Dilemma. Ben Bramble (Vienna): Consequentialism about Meaning in Life. Jackson Mills (Alabama): CEO Facial Width Predicts Firm Financial Policies. From Studies in Social and Political Thought, a special issue on debt and obligation. 100 Years 100 Thinkers: The New Republic ranks the minds who defined our century. You’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re definitely wrong, and I’m probably wrong, too: Hendrik Hertzberg on what it was like to edit The New Republic at its most contentious. Wes Vernon reviews Stop the Coming Civil War: My Savage Truth by Michael Savage. Can new economic thinking solve the next crisis? Matthew Yglesias on 38 maps that explain the global economy. “The largest free municipal WiFi network in the world”: New York City unveils the pay phone of the future — and it does a whole lot more than make phone calls. Zack Colman on the decline and fall of coal. Your virtual self is more boring than you think: Jesse Singal interviews Nick Yee, author of The Proteus Paradox: How Online Games and Virtual Worlds Change Us — And How They Don’t, on how to free our online avatars from real-world constraints. Ta-Nehisi Coates: “Declining to seriously reckon with the rape allegations against Bill Cosby is reckless. And I was once reckless”. How the Sexiest Man Alive’s sausage gets made: Amanda Hess on three decades of what People magazine thinks women want. Matt Bruenig on how Jonathan Gruber reveals the emptiness of fiscal categories. Danny Miller, CEO of Human After All, speaks about his new magazine Weapons of Reason, and his open source project The Publishing Playbook.

Ashley Deeks (Virginia): An International Legal Framework for Surveillance. Ian Brown (Oxford) and Douwe Korff (London Metropolitan): Foreign Surveillance: Law and Practice in a Global Digital Environment. Laura Donohue (Georgetown): Bulk Metadata Collection: Statutory and Constitutional Considerations. Axel Arnbak (Amsterdam) and Sharon Goldberg (BU): Loopholes for Circumventing the Constitution: Warrantless Bulk Surveillance on Americans by Collecting Network Traffic Abroad. Joseph D. Mornin (UC-Berkeley): NSA Metadata Collection and the Fourth Amendment. Olivier Sylvain (Fordham): Failing Expectations: Fourth Amendment Doctrine in the Era of Total Surveillance. David Alan Sklansky (Stanford): Two More Ways Not to Think About Privacy and the Fourth Amendment. Jeremy W. Crampton (Kentucky): Collect it All: National Security, Big Data and Governance. Zeynep Tufekci (UNC): Engineering the Public: Big Data, Surveillance and Computational Politics. Sudha Setty (Western New England): Surveillance, Secrecy, and the Search for Meaningful Accountability. Md. Rzaul Karim (Birmingham): Race to the Online Mass Surveillance: The End of Privacy and Open Internet? Renato Leite Monteiro (NUS): The Balance between Freedom and Security in the Age of Surveillance: A Brief Analysis of the Recent Intelligent Electronic Surveillance Scandals. David Thaw (Pittsburgh): Surveillance at the Source. William H. Simon (Columbia): In Defense of the Panopticon. David Cole on denouncing surveillance, on camera (and more and more). ICReach: Ryan Gallagher on how the NSA built its own secret Google. Meet the shadowy tech brokers that deliver your data to the NSA. Glenn Greenwald on how Congress is irrelevant on mass surveillance — here's what matters instead. A UN report finds mass surveillance violates international treaties and privacy rights.

Mark Bennett and Mark William Osler (St. Thomas): A “Holocaust in Slow Motion”? America's Mass Incarceration and the Role of Discretion. Margo Schlanger (Michigan): How Prisoners’ Rights Lawyers are Preserving the Role of the Courts. Anita Mukherjee (Penn): Does Prison Privatization Distort Justice? Evidence on Time Served and Recidivism. Carmen Cusack (Nova Southeastern): No Stroking in the Pokey: Promulgating Penological Policies Prohibiting Masturbation Among Inmate Populations. John F. Pfaff (Fordham): The War on Drugs and Prison Growth: Limited Importance, Limited Legislative Options. Sabrina Alli reviews Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment by Robert Ferguson. Hamilton Nolan on how we imprison the poor for crimes that haven't happened yet. Andrea Jones on the injustice of mandatory minimums. In the US, punishment comes before the crimes. Why are there up to 120,000 innocent people in US prisons? Sara Mayeux on the case for abolishing juvenile prisons. Patricia O'Brien on why we should stop putting women in jail — for anything. What do we do with all these empty prisons? The US imprisonment rate has fallen for the fifth straight year — here’s why. Don't look now, but the US prison population is growing again. The US has the largest prison population in the world — and it’s growing. Thomas Wells on why prison is unfit for civilised society. Scott McLemee reviews Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America by Jonathan Simon. Graeme Wood on how gangs took over prisons: Originally formed for self-protection, prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars — and of crime on the streets. On America’s front lines: Christopher Jencks reviews On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman and The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences, a report by the National Research Council (and more).

Susanne Foster and James South (Marquette): Social Contract: Rebellion and Dissent Aboard Serenity. Matthew J. Moore (Cal Poly): Is Buddhist Political Thought Worth the Trouble? Virginia H. Gray and Joshua M Jansa (UNC): The Politics and Economics of Corporate Subsidies in the 21st Century. Erik Ringmar (Lund): Recognition and the Origins of International Society. From the New York Times Magazine, a special issue on innovation. Suzanne McGee and Heidi Moore on women's rights and their money: A timeline from Cleopatra to Lilly Ledbetter. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on what Jon Gruber's quotes really tell us about Obamacare and American politics; and Brian Beutler on how “Grubergate” is giving the Supreme Court cover to destroy Obamacare. A look at the worst two paragraphs about American politics you'll read today. Can Obama trade Keystone for something? Jonathan Chait wonders. Darren Samuelson on the greening of Barack Obama: He didn’t set out to be an environmental president — he is now. Erik Loomis on one of those situations where Obama acting would be morally correct and politically savvy. Sahil Kapur on why Republicans can't quit the government shutdown game. Retiring U.S. Congressman Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., a scientist and teacher, to lead AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society. Sally Kohn on how the Kardashians exploit racial bias for profit: America's most famous family isn't just trashy — they're dangerous. Roberto A. Ferdman on the coming global domination of chicken: Pork's reign is all but over. Americans snack on potato chips, Europeans munch on candy, and Latin Americans love cookies — everything you'll ever need to know about snacking worldwide.

From NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, a special issue on changing and globalising Masculinity Studies is out. Athena Mutua (SUNY-Buffalo): Multidimensionality Is to Masculinities What Intersectionality Is to Feminism. Eric Anderson and Mark McCormack (Durham): Theorizing Masculinities in Contemporary Britain. Hailey Maxwell (Glasgow): Larry Clark: Youth, Homosociality and the Deconstruction of Hegemonic American Masculinity. Minna T. Lyons (Liverpool), Urszula M. Marcinkowska and Samuli Helle (Turku), and Laura McGrath (Jagiellonian): Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who is the Most Masculine of Them All? The Dark Triad, Masculinity, and Women’s Mate Choice. Sarah Knudson (Saskatchewan): Getting Laid and Growing Close: Constructions of Masculinity in Relationship Advice for Heterosexual Men. Trenton M. Haltom (Houston) and Meredith G. F. Worthen (Oklahoma): Male Ballet Dancers and Their Performances of Heteromasculinity. Rosalind Gill (City): Powerful Women, Vulnerable Men and Postfeminist Masculinity in Men’s Popular Fiction. Kalle Berggren (Uppsala): Reading Rap: Feminist Interventions in Men and Masculinity Research. How should we define masculinity? Jason Parham interviews Charles Blow, author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Tom Shone on how Martin Scorsese created the modern masculine ideal. Cath Murphy on how male entitlement ruins the best and purest of things. Is America's crisis of masculinity playing out in its favorite sport? Claire Cain Miller on paternity leave: The rewards and the remaining stigma. It's 2014, so why are men still paying for first dates? Joe Pinsker on the disturbing implications of a long-standing expectation. So you want to be a male feminist? Maybe don’t. Elisabeth Donnelly on 28 feminist writers recommend books every man should read.