A new issue of GeoJournal of Tourism and Geosites is out. From Cultural Studies Review, a special issue on The Death Scene: Perspectives on Mortality. From Europe’s Voice, could the euro destroy the EU? Only “more Europe” can avoid a deeper crisis; and Rob de Wijk on the geopolitical consequences of crisis in Europe Summer 2012. The jury is out on the euro: Severe mismanagement by European politicians has caused damage that will last for decades. Save us from the saviours: Slavoj Zizek on Europe and the Greeks. In defense of Chris Hayes: The MSNBC host is getting beat up for remarks he made about the heroism of American soldiers — really, his critics are the ones who should be apologizing. Monsters are born, not made: the latest round in the debate about criminal responsibility questions the very existence of intuitive morality. Statistical extrapolation doesn’t really apply in my case, because I’m not a statistic: Special Snowflake Syndrome could be re-characterized as “Thinking Like a Properly Socialized American”. The art world is divided into people who either passionately love Balthus's paintings or else are offended by them.
From the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Jennifer Katz (Geneseo), Vanessa Tirone (Tennessee), and Erika van der Kloet (Geneseo): Moving In and Hooking Up: Women’s and Men’s Casual Sexual Experiences During the First Two Months of College. From Touchstone, man up, lady down: Perry L. Glanzer on the demise of ladies and gentlemen in higher education. From Christianity Today, the missing factor in higher education: A cover story on how Christian universities are unique, and how they can stay that way; and Jocelyn Green on how five small Christian schools are adapting to the new environment. From Academe, Matthew Woessner on rethinking the plight of conservatives in higher education: Findings that run against the grain of assumptions; and the essays in Military Culture and Education are a collective effort to “bridge the gap between the academy and the military”. From The New Yorker, there are no walls between Stanford and Silicon Valley — should there be?; and Nicholas Lemann on the cost of college: Is the higher-education bubble about to pop?
Henry Farrell (GWU) and Cosma Rohilla Shalizi (CMU): Cognitive Democracy. From Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines, Lisa Carlton (Iowa): Interplay of Mythic Conceptions of Democracy in Congressional Deliberations over the USA PATRIOT Act. Mark Blythe (Alberta): The Misrecognised as the Least the Advantaged Citizens in Plural Democracies. Marta Orviska (Matej Bel), Anetta Caplanova (UEB), and John Hudson (Bath): The Impact of Democracy on Well-being. Johannes Binswanger and Jens Prufer (Tilburg): Democracy, Populism, and (Un)bounded Rationality. Jean-Paul Gagnon (HKIEd): Democratic Theory and Theoretical Physics. Kurt Gerry (NYU): "We the People" and the Right to Rule: Democratic Authority and the Obligation to Obey the Law; and "We the People" and the Right to Rule, Part Two: Political Equality and the Obligation to Obey the Law. A new theory of democracy: A review of The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer. Jeremy Jennings on paths to democracy, Catholic and secular. Notre Dame sets up a virtual tribute to Guillermo O’Donnell (and more).
From Anthropoetics, Ian Dennis (Ottawa): The Sexual Market: Three Romantic Moments; Dawn Perlmutter on the semiotics of honor killing and ritual murder; and Raoul Eshelman on performatism, Dexter, and the ethics of perpetration. From The New Yorker, James Surowiecki on what’s really going on in the negotiations on Greece and the euro; and what can be done about Bashar al-Assad? Slavoj Zizek and David Horowitz are the guests for the second episode of Julian Assange's interview show, "The World Tomorrow". Kate Bornstein's Amazing Voyage: America's gender outlaw takes us on a wild tour of trans-formation. Multiculturalism works: The concept is increasingly being called a "failure" — but in many places, it's thriving. A review of Talking to the Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values and What It Means to Be Human by Scott Atran. A review of Fug You: A History of the Counterculture by Ed Sanders. Somewhere along the line it became OK for politicians to ignore facts and present truth as the thing they want to be true — is it too late to restore sanity to political discourse? Joe Heath and Andrew Potter wonder.
Katherine M. Franke (Columbia): Dating the State: The Moral Hazards of Winning Gay Rights. Libby Adler (Northeastern): Just the Facts: The Perils of Expert Testimony and Findings of Fact in Gay Rights Litigation. Tobias Barrington Wolff (Penn): Civil Rights Reform and the Body. From Current Research in Social Psychology, an article on the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) as a measure of women's stereotypes about gay men. From In-Spire, Mareike Jenner (Aberystwyth): “I can’t even imagine what it’s gonna be like here without him”: Friendship and Queer Theory in American Teen Soap. From the Gay and Lesbian Review, Margaret Rubick on the women who took on the APA; an interview with Frank Kameny on how the militant movement began; and John D’Emilio on how Kameny always knew he was sane. From New York, twenty-five years ago, a group of young men and women started an organization called ACT UP to fight an enemy that, at the time, seemed almost unbeatable; and whitewashing gay history: Liberals applaud themselves for championing gay marriage — but there are ghosts at the weddings.
Emre Gokalp (Anadolu): Pride and Anger: Orhan Pamuk’s Nobel Prize and Discourses of Nationalism. Martina Warning and Tuncay Kardas (Sakarya): The Impact of Changing Islamic Identity in Turkey’s New Foreign Policy. From The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Asli Aydintasbas on how Turkey’s return to the Middle East may prove to be one of the most significant changes on the international scene; Hugh Pope on Erdogan's decade; an interview with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu; and an online symposium on Turkish foreign policy. Why Turkey is the biggest winner of 2011 — and will soon be a significant power. An article on Turkey’s reactions to the Arab Spring. Meliha Benli Altunisik on the not-quite-alliance between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Gregory J. Barber on Turkey’s flawed model of moderate Islamism. Does a shadowy mullah in Pennsylvania really hold the reins of power in Turkey? Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to withdraw state support from the country's theatres after his daughter said she was insulted by an actor during a play. Major archaeological finds in Asia Minor, but researchers say Turkish government is shutting them out.
From M/C Journal, a special issue on Suspicion. From The Common Review, a look at four reasons to read Mario Vargas Llosa. The German ideology: Angela Merkel is not so dumb as to champion a policy which makes no economic sense — but her supporters are. Jan Blommaert and Piia Varis on culture as an accent: Most of what we do in organizing our lives is oriented towards conformity to others. When George Romney ran for the Republican nomination, in 1968, he tried to stand up against the more radical wing of his party — his defeat was swift, tragic, and, for his son, instructive. From UN Dispatch, Penelope Chester on understanding the Montreal protests. The joke’s on you: Joseph Pearce apologizes for being so po-faced but supercilious and arrogant jokes, like racist jokes, should not go unchallenged (and more and more and more). Conservatives used to care about community — what happened? EJ Dionne (and a response by Erik Loomis). Nancy Scola goes inside the Mustached-American Movement. Lessons from the final frontier: The original "Star Trek" has been a teaching tool for a generation.
From NYRB, Steven Weinberg on the crisis of Big Science. From Swans, Michael Barker on the life and controversies of Henry Fairfield Osborn, president of the American Museum of Natural History and president of the AAAS, in his day, "second only to Albert Einstein as the most popular and well-known scientist in America" (and part 2). The uses of the past: Why science writers should care about the history of science — and why scientists should too. From TNR, Philip Kitcher on the trouble with scientism: Why history and the humanities are also a form of knowledge. Ed Yong on every scientists-versus-journalists debate ever, in one diagram. How scientists broke through the paywall and made their articles available to (almost) everyone. An interview with Michael Nielsen, author of Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science. Social networking site ResearchGate — where scientists can answer one another’s questions, share papers and find collaborators — is rapidly gaining popularity. The first chapter from Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine by Elizabeth Popp Berman. This why we invest in science — this.
From Suicidology Online, John T. Maltsberger (McLean) and Elsa F. Ronningstam (Harvard): Rumpelstiltskin Suicide; Bijou Yang (Drexel) and David Lester (Stockton): The Presentation of the Self: An Hypothesis about Suicide Notes; and David Lester (Stockton): Female Suicide Bombers: Clues from Journalists. From Parameters, George R. Mastroianni and Wilbur J. Scott (USAFA): Reframing Suicide in the Military. U.S. General Dana Pittard says soldiers who commit suicide are selfish. A review of Lost to the Collective: Suicide and the Promise of Soviet Socialism, 1921-1929 by Kenneth M. Pinnow. A new study has revealed the widening gap in suicide rates between Scotland and England and Wales. One town's war on gay teens: In Michele Bachmann's home district, evangelicals have created an extreme anti-gay climate — after a rash of suicides, the kids are fighting back. Can you help someone commit suicide? Stephanie Rabiner investigates. After the death of Jack Kevorkian, Lawrence Egbert is the new public face of American assisted suicide. Are cats committing suicide in Turkey’s Van City? A suicide hoax rocks MetaFilter community (and more).
A new issue of The Green Bag is out. From Enlightening Tourism, Tania Gorcheva (Svishtov): The Economic Nature of International Tourism; Graham M. S. Dann (Finnmark): Anglophone Hegemony in Tourism Studies Today; and Wayne W. Smith, Emily Fralinger, and Stephen W. Litvin (Charleston): Segmenting the U.S.A. Non-travel Market. From National Review, Kevin D. Williamson on the GOP as the party of civil rights (and a response). Save us, Soros: Conservative mega-donors are purging the GOP — why aren’t liberal tycoons doing the same for Democrats? From Agni, Vincent Czyz on plotting against plot. From The Futurist, James H. Lee is hard at work in the jobless future. Ezra Klein on how Angela Merkel, Mario Draghi, John Boehner, and Ben Bernanke are likely to decide our next president. From The Point, Timothy Aubry on sizing up Oprah. Should you still choose nuclear engineering as a career? Despite Fukushima, nuclear engineering still promises a stable career. Bible in one hand, spade in the other: Eilat Mazar is unafraid to claim archaeological finds of biblical proportions. A new John McCain's Institute launches.