From LSE Review of Books, Paul Bernal reviews Social Media As Surveillance: Rethinking Visibility in a Converging World by Daniel Trottier. From The Nation, you are what you click: Why privacy and anonymity are being violated online by an unstoppable process of data profiling. From The Atlantic Monthly, as our attention shifts to mobile phones and their smaller screens ads are becoming vastly less effective — companies built on ad revenues, like Google and Facebook, should start to sweat; and Emily Bazelon on how to stop the bullies: The inside account of the companies, scientists, and hackers who are hunting for solutions to the scourge of online harassment. Don’t be a stranger: Adrian Chen on how social media keep old friends close, but the Web used to be for strangers. Coming of age with the Internet: Jacob Savage on remembering Web 1.0. Soren Bowie on 3 despicable Internet behaviors (that are really your fault).
Timothy Lubin (Washington and Lee): The Polity of the Philosopher-Bureaucrat: Brahmanical Virtue as a Qualification for Public Office. From Sanhati, a special issue on caste and Left politics in India. If the Hindu upper castes were to be civilized in their treatment of the lower castes would they now seek to escape from the social tyranny of the so-called Hindu society? With a mixture of Western and Indian names, customs and complexions, 2,000 Anglo-Indians attend a reunion in Calcutta — but their communities in both the UK and the subcontinent are disappearing. India has created a National Commission for the Scheduled Tribes, the name given to its indigenous populations — have the Adivasi, the other name for the Scheduled Tribes, really benefited from the Commission’s policies? Thanks to Mumbai’s land reform act, the very rich and very poor have become next-door neighbors.
Deirdre M. Bowen (Seattle): I Wanna Marry You: An Empirical Analysis of the Irrelevancy and Distraction of DOMAs. Allison Benedikt reviews How to Choose a Husband: And Make Peace With Marriage by Suzanne Venker. Tim Parks writes in praise of the language police. Francesco Chiesa and Ronald Barnett offers an imaginative approach to the idea of the university: “feasible utopias” that open up possibilities for renewal beyond the dominant ideas of the market and the pessimistic reactions they elicit. Raymond T. Pierrehumbert on the myth of “Saudi America”: Straight talk from geologists about our new era of oil abundance. Nathan Emmerich reviews The Philosophical Foundations of Modern Medicine by Keekok Lee. The loneliest town in America: Despite being a perfectly pleasant place to be, Loyalton can't seem to attract any visitors.
Marie Sarlet, Muriel Dumont, Nathalie Delacollette, and Benoit Dardenne (Liege): Prescription of Protective Paternalism for Men in Romantic and Work Contexts. Patricia A. Seith (Stanford): Congressional Power to Effect Sex Equality. Vera Trappmann (Magdeburg): Being Unemployed: Masculinity, Change Competence and Identity. Anca Gheaus (Sheffield): Three Cheers for the Token Woman. From Contexts, Niobe Way, C.J. Pascoe, Mark McCormack, Amy Schalet and Freeden Oeur on the hearts of boys. Where men see white, women see ecru: Neuroscientists prove what we always suspected — the two sexes see the world differently. Why do women wear high heels? Because men did. Is fourth-wave feminism all about boobs and beauty? Hadley Freeman reviews Sexy Feminism by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudulph.
Renee Lettow Lerner (GWU): Enlightenment Economics and the Framing of the U.S. Constitution. Christian Stegbauer (Frankfurt): Situations, Networks and Culture: The Case of a Golden Wedding as an Example for the Production of Local Cultures. Shiping Tang (Fudan): Power: Toward a Unifying Analytical Framework. Power without hierarchy: Sarah Lester investigates what budding anarchists might glean from anthropologists' field notes. The ideological discourse of anarchy: The introduction to Polite Anarchy in International Relations Theory by Zaheer Kazmi. Allison Winn Scotch writes in defense of Los Angeles. Build from the ground up: Why reinvent higher education? Basic literacy matters more, says Alan Ryan. American courts recognize rights to refuse life-saving treatment — so why won’t the State of Connecticut let William Coleman die? Ann Neumann wonders.
Richard Arnold (Muskingum): Where's the Diplomacy in Diplomacy? Using a Classic Board Game to Teach Introduction to International Relations. Mohamed Osman Akasha (UEA): Evolution of Diplomacy. Steven A. Zyck (York) and Robert Muggah (PUC-RIO): Preventive Diplomacy and Conflict Prevention: Obstacles and Opportunities. From Public Diplomacy, a special issue on sports diplomacy, including Stuart Murray on moving beyond the ping-pong table. How US basketball player Kevin Sheppard ended up a cultural diplomat in Iran. From American Diplomacy, Mark Dillen reviews The Decline and Fall of the United States Information Agency: American Public Diplomacy, 1989-2001 by Nicholas Cull; Peter Bridges on high time to end our diplomatic spoils system; and Jon Dorschner on American diplomacy in a dangerous world. Gail Scott on the Consular Corps — behind the scenes, but on front line of diplomacy.
From Southern Spaces, Ellen Griffith Spears (Alabama): Landscapes and Ecologies of the U.S. South: Essays in Eco-Cultural History; and inequality is spatial: An excerpt from Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia by Barbara Ellen Smith and Stephen L. Fisher. Can we fix the problem of rising sea levels by constructing massive man-made lakes on useless land? The assumption in certain sections of the media that an American-style religious right is forming in Britain is untrue. Whatever happened to the shotgun wedding? Madeleine Schwartz reviews One Marriage Under God: The Campaign to Promote Marriage in America by Melanie Heath and Not Just Roommates: Cohabitation after the Sexual Revolution by Elizabeth H. Pleck. With more food than ever, why is hunger on the rise? Luke Mitchell on one of the dangers of virtual demand.
Joe Guinan (Maryland): Social Democracy in the Age of Austerity: The Radical Potential of Democratising Capital. From Anarchist Studies, Brian Martin (Wollongong): Reform: When Is It Worthwhile? From Renewal, what’s left of the left? A roundtable on democrats and social democrats in challenging times. Darko Suvin on phases and characteristics of Marxism/s. Gavin Jacobson writes in defense of Jacobin rage: You can’t divorce fiery emotions from the politics of revolution. Thoughts of a veteran anarchist: An interview with Stuart Christie, author of Granny Made Me An Anarchist, General Franco Made Me A Terrorist and Edward Heath Made Me Angry. Victor Osprey reviews Anti-Capitalism by Ezequiel Adamovsky. Slavoj Zizek, visionary of violence: Henry Hopwood-Phillips examines one of today’s most lionized Leftists.
Adam J. Kolber (Brooklyn): Against Proportional Punishment. James M. Anderson and J. Scott Ashwood (RAND), John MacDonald (Penn) and Ricky Bluthenthal (USC): Reducing Crime by Shaping the Built Environment with Zoning: An Empirical Study of Los Angeles. W. David Ball (Santa Clara): Defunding State Prisons. Marianne Mimi Wesson (Colorado): Living Death: Ambivalence, Delay, and Capital Punishment. Can criminal law do without moralism? Youngjae Lee reviews Crime and Punishment: A Concise Moral Critique by Hyman Gross. Sarah Shannon and Chris Uggen visualize the story of mass incarceration, illustrating shifts in punishment over time, space, and the populations most affected by its rise. Prison and the poverty trap: Many social scientists no longer think that America’s shift to longer prison terms has been a help to poor neighborhoods.