From ARPA, a review of What Were They Thinking? The Politics of Ideas in Australia by James Walter and Tod Moore and Radical Sydney: Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes by Terry Irving and Rowan Cahill. Fortress Australia: Welcome to Groundhog Day. Ways to claim a country: Gillian Cowlishaw reflects on the settler consciousness of place and origin. The first people in America may have been Australian. Australia is a country blighted by racism, yes, but one also ennobled by Wanja's brand of fighting spirit and invigorating humour. From UN Chronicle, an article on Australia's First People and their social and emotional well-being (and more). From Quadrant, a review of The Last Intellectuals: Essays on Writers & Politics by Peter Coleman; a review of Lazarus Rising: A Personal and Political Autobiography by John Howard; a review of Dangerous Dreamers: The Australian Anti-Democratic Left and Czechoslovak Agents by Peter Hruby; and an article on the Royal Family of Australian Communism. There are some amazing magazines out there: Do we really need the magazine Concealed Carry Handguns in Australia? Embedded anthropology and the intervention: Barry Morris and Andrew Lattas on cultural determinism and neo-liberal forms of racial governance (and more). From Strange Maps, Frank Jacobs on “useless” Australia. In Australia, ethics classes are opposed by religious groups.
A new issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology is out. Mary Gergen (Penn State) and Kenneth J. Gergen (Swarthmore): Performative Social Science and Psychology. How does economic theory explain the Hubbert Peak oil model? Oil and the Left: An interview with Imre Szeman. Is ballet over? An excerpt from Jennifer Homans's Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet (and more and more). Why terrorists blow themselves up: Is the challenge to come up with a reliable profile of the terrorist a matter of life and death for the West? From The Scavenger, veganism is traditionally associated with animal rights, particularly in the West, but plant-based lifestyles can better the human condition too; and it could be observed that much of veganism, as it is known particularly in the West, is associated with upper classes and privileged populations, but veganism at the grassroots is actually potentially most revolutionary. If India and Pakistan were cut from the same geographic and ethnic cloth, with the same parliamentary-style system, why is India held to be a vibrant democracy today and Pakistan a political basket case? Gay Republican Fred Karger is looking at a 2012 presidential run and already setting up shop in early primary states. President Frat Boy: Tucker Max and George W. Bush are basically the same person. Why Tony Kushner is one of the last intellectuals left standing in theater.
A new issue of African American Review is now online. Andre Douglas Pond Cummings (West Virginia): A Furious Kinship: Critical Race Theory and the Hip Hop Nation. Yes, the Tea Party images of Obama as a witch doctor, and Fox News' endless racist antics, are highly problematic, but when it comes to dehumanizing black people, hip-hop wins, hands down. A review of Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of African American Thought. Cognitive dissonance and historically black colleges: Should all-black colleges exist in 2010? A review of Because of Race: How Americans Debate Harm and Opportunity in Our Schools by Mica Pollock. A review of Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson. The first chapter from The Imperative of Integration by Elizabeth Anderson. An excerpt from Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 by Jeffrey B. Perry. A review of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance — A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire. Stuff White People Do: How do justice-focused whites fit into the struggle against racism in America? Mark R. Warren on his book Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice. Joseph Crespino analyzes the addition of Strom Thurmond's African American daughter's name to his South Carolina State House statue.
A new issue of New English Review is out. Jeremy Waldron (NYU): The Image of God: Rights, Reason, and Order. The WikiLeaks cables show a U.S. diplomatic corps adept at diagnosing the big problems of American foreign policy — and a country hopeless at solving them. Wikileaks and the Art of Shutting Up: Our classification system is terrible — but our gossipy diplomats might be worse. A look at how WikiLeaks is a legal innovation, not a tech one. Barry Eichengreen on Ireland’s rescue package: Disaster for Ireland, bad omen for the Eurozone — but in reality, there is little to suggest that the common currency is about to disintegrate. The Answer Is No: New Jersey governor Chris Christie is denying money to teachers and tunnels, oxygen to Democrats, and intentions to run for president in 2012 — which is only making him more popular. Yale University is set to return 4,000 Inca treasures to Peru. The marvels of exile: On Edward Said's 75th anniversary, Yassin Gaber attended a lecture by Judith Butler. From Darkmatter, a review of The Rey Chow Reader. What gays and straights both seek to affirm in the military: their masculinity. Unauthorized, but not untrue: The real story of Kitty Kelley, a biographer in a celebrity culture of public denials, media timidity, and legal threats. In defense of scanners and pat-downs: John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, says inconvenience is a small price to pay for safety.
The empathy deficit: Does "attachment parenting" kill political involvement? A review of The Ethics of Parenthood by Norvin Richards. If parenthood sucks, why do we love it? Because we're addicted. For those of us who don’t do it, parenting is a bit of a mystery. Living to be a parent: Is child-rearing the new self-actualization? Modern parenting: Katie Roiphe wonders whether it’s time to bring back a little benign neglect. A new reason to blame, or thank, your mother: New research finds that the quality of early maternal caregiving impacts a child’s emotional relationships once he or she arrives at early adulthood. Bad parenting? Blame bin Laden — new research links fears of terrorism with authoritarian parenting practices. New research suggests that our early hunter-gatherer ancestors raised happier, more compassionate kids, thanks to natural birth, extended breastfeeding, and co-sleeping — should modern parents follow suit? A new generation gap is emerging between American parents and their kids: Adults sharply underestimate how much parents’ own stress is affecting kids, or how much stress their children face. Beyond nature vs. nurture: George W. Holden's theory holds that the way a child turns out can be determined in large part by the day-to-day decisions made by the parents who guide that child's growth. A review of Raising Children God's Way by Martyn Lloyd-Jones.