From CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, a special issue on Asian culture(s) and globalization. Claudio Sopranzetti (Harvard): The Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok (Dissertation). Lorenzo Pellegrini and Luca Tasciotti (Erasmus): Bhutan: Between Happiness and Horror. The AIDS granny in exile: In the ’90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed the horrifying cause of an AIDS epidemic in rural China — and the ensuing cover-up — and became an enemy of the state. “Once the villages are gone, the culture is gone”: As village life in China disappears and its traditions fade, some fight to maintain the country’s rural cultural heritage. China's Dan Brown is a subtle subversive: Jiayang Fan on how the writer who goes by the pen name Mai Jia is the most popular author in the world you’ve never heard of. Chinese atheists?: Ian Johnson on what the Pew survey gets wrong. Pearl Sydenstricker on the Disneyfication of Tibet: How tourism has become a tool of occupation. The introduction to Regionalizing Culture: The Political Economy of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia by Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin. Emily Shire on what Orgasm Wars reveals about Japan's sexual culture. Racy men’s magazine in South Korea enflames nationalist anger. Alicia Izharuddin on the geography of urban intellectual culture in the Malay archipelago. Ulises Moreno-Tabarez reviews Popular Culture in Asia: Memory, City, Celebrity by Lorna Fitzsimmons and John A. Lent. The Asian Century may have arrived, but many Asians — disproportionately entrepreneurial, well-educated and familial — are heading elsewhere. Why are we so reluctant, even in this age of globalization, to adopt Asian key terminologies?
Gabriel Garcia-Merritt (Iowa State): Inked Lives: Tattoos, Identity, and Power. Richard Waters reviews The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism by Jeremy Rifkin. Read this one document to understand what the Christian Right hopes to gain from Hobby Lobby. Felix Salmon on why it makes sense for Larry Page to donate his billions to Elon Musk. Andrew O’Hehir on why we fight about Colbert and Lena Dunham: Twitter politics are all we have left. Marcella Bombardieri on the inside story of MIT and Aaron Swartz: More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT’s handling of the hacking case persist. Adam K. Raymond on the 5 stages of Bitcoin grief. Reddit CEO Yishan Wong says “The userbase for bitcoin is basically crazy libertarians”. Rand Paul doesn't stand a chance: Michael Kazin on libertarians and the Republican Party. New G.O.P. bid to limit voting in swing states: Already, nine states, under Republican control, have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013. An interview with Michio Kaku, author of The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, on exploring the universe via avatars, the probable intelligence of aliens, and uploading memories back into the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Mexico’s cowboy pilgrims: Rural values endure in an industrial heartland.
John Justin Leppler (Baltimore): Dangerous New Identity: Is Change Needed in Determining Transgender Participation in Athletics Through New Gender Identity? Gregory M. Stein (Tennessee): Will Ticket Scalpers Meet the Same Fate as Spinal Tap Drummers? The Sale and Resale of Concert and Sports Tickets. Jennings Byrd and Phillip A. Mixon (Troy): College Football Success and the Quantity and Quality of Applicants: Evidence from the BCS. Matthew M. Heekin and Bruce W. Burton (Charlotte): Bias in the College Football Playoff Selection Process: If the Devil is in the Details, That's Where Salvation May Be Found. Travis Waldron on making sense of the labor ruling allowing Northwestern football players to unionize. From TNR, Eric Nusbaum on how the NCAA's exploitation of student athletes would make Fidel Castro proud — but two new lawsuits might finally change that; the most righteous man at ESPN: Marc Tracy on how Jay Bilas became the NCAA's fiercest critic; and Danny Vinik on the economics of March Madness: The tourney may not hurt the economy as much as you think. Jonathan Chait on what white people don’t see when they watch basketball. How can you watch that stuff? Peter Beinart on the questionable ethics of teaching his son to love pro football. Which sports have the whitest/richest/oldest fans? Surprisingly, Nascar's audience has the highest share of women — not surprisingly, golf's fans have the highest share of seniors. Willie Osterweil on how mixed-martial-arts fighters take a terrible beating not only from each other but also from the UFC’s labor practices. A red line for FIFA? Dave Zirin on Israel, violence and what’s left of Palestinian soccer. War robots and the 2014 World Cup — defenders off the field.
Mwiine Amon (Makere): Understanding Gender Mainstreaming. Rachel Camp (Georgetown): Coercing Pregnancy. Gina Masullo Chen (Southern Mississippi): Don't Call Me That: A Techno-Feminist Critique of the Term Mommy Blogger. Lua K. Yuille (Kansas): Sex in the Sexy Workplace. Liesl Gambold (Dalhousie): Retirement Abroad as Women’s Aging Strategy. Dzung Kieu Nguyen (SUNY-Albany): Postpatriarchy. A student’s request to be excused from course work on religious grounds so he would not have to interact with female peers has opened a fractious debate over how institutions navigate between competing human rights. Are there universal human rights or not?: Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Do Muslim Women Need Saving? by Lila Abu-Lughod. The introduction to Gender and Pop Culture by Patricia Leavy and Adrienne Trier-Bieniek. Ann Friedman on the problem with Sheryl Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” campaign. Rebecca Traister on the uselessness of hating Sheryl Sandberg: Blaming the Lean In author for capitalism or competitive parenting is another way of letting the guys off the hook. Emily Matchar on the latest target of the men's rights movement: The definition of rape. The GOP’s Working Mom Schizophrenia: Republicans are slamming Wendy Davis for abandoning her kids to go to law school, even as they praise Cathy McMorris Rodgers for being a working mom in Congress. Mike Huckabee's advice for running against a woman: Treat them as “special treasure” on a “pedestal”. Mary Beard on the public voice of women. Katie Heaney on 15 books to spark your feminist awakening.
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Media Innovations is out. Richard Lavoie (Akron): Vox Clamantis in Deserto: The Role of the Individual in Forging a Strong Duty to the Tax System. Thomas J. Roulet (Oxford) and Samuel Touboul (IPAG): The Intentions with which the Road is Paved: Attitudes to Liberalism as Determinants of Greenwashing. Seyed Ahmad Mirtaheri (FIU): The Politics of Ahmadinejad and Chavez: A Misplaced Comparison. Michael Joseph Gill and Stephanie Cerce (Lehigh): He Never Willed to Will That: The Effect of Perceived Intentionality on Blame is Eliminated When Historical Information Undermines Perceptions of the Offender's “Second-Order” Free Will. Max Kornblith (Harvard): “Argued Rather Than Asserted”: A Social Theoretical Approach to Recasting the Public Intellectual Narrative (2010). Jonathan Chait on why Paul Krugman turned against Nate Silver. The sitcom needs saving: Exciting work is niche, able to thrive only in controlled habitats like HBO, basic cable, and Thursday nights on NBC — this wasn't always so. The new age of crony capitalism: Political connections have made many people hugely rich in recent years — but crony capitalism may be waning. When academia and Tumblr combine: Lisa Granshaw on the fascinating new field of fanthropology. David Comfort on the publishing scene: then vs. now. Philip Durkin on the many origins of the English language. In defense of anonymous political giving: Thomas B. Edsall on the Koch brothers’ historical case for secret donations. Spencer Sunshine on the right hand of Occupy Wall Street: From libertarians to Nazis, the fact and fiction of Right-wing involvement. Slavoj Zizek, Julian Assange, and David Horowitz walk into a bar — just kidding, this is real.
Keith E. Whittington (Princeton): Originalism: A Critical Introduction. Ian C. Bartrum (UNLV): Two Dogmas of Originalism. Eric Berger (Nebraska): Originalism's Pretenses. Lawrence B. Solum (Georgetown): Originalism and the Unwritten Constitution. Thomas Colby (George Washington): Originalism and the Ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment. John O. McGinnis (Northwestern): Public Choice Originalism: Bork, Buchanan and the Escape from the Progressive Paradigm. Ilya Somin (George Mason): The Borkean Dilemma: Robert Bork and the Tension between Originalism and Democracy. Yvonne Tew (Columbia): Originalism at Home and Abroad. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Why are Americans Originalist? Forget the Framers: The Supreme Court should not rely on James Madison in deciding how much power the president has to make recess appointments. Canada views its constitution as “a living tree capable of growth and expansion”; such a tree is still alive in the United States — at least for now. The preface to Historicism, Originalism and the Constitution: The Use and Abuse of the Past in American Jurisprudence by Patrick J. Charles. Whitley Kaufman reviews Originalism and the Good Constitution by John O. McGinnis and Michael B. Rappaport. Eric Posner on a simple (and serious) puzzle for originalists. Dawn Johnsen on Windsor, Shelby County, and the demise of originalism: A personal account. Joel Heller on Shelby County and the end of history. Originalism's sin: An article on Antonin Scalia and language. The Supreme Court’s staunchest conservative Antonin Scalia strikes down Chicago-style pizza, is “pizza originalist”.
From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth, Martin Crook (London): The Mau Mau Genocide: A Neo-Lemkinian Analysis. Renfrew Christie (UWC): Domesticating the UN Convention against Torture and the Robben Island Guidelines for the Prevention of Torture in Africa. Godfrey Musila (Nairobi): African Union and the Evolution of International Criminal Justice in Africa: Challenges, Controversies and Opportunities. Gustavo Gomes da Costa Santos (Pernambuco): Decriminalising Homosexuality in Africa: Lessons from the South African Experience. Ran Greenstein (Witwatersrand): Race: A Theoretical Introduction (from Sociology: A South African Introduction). Livio Sansone (CEAO/UFBA): Eduardo Mondlane and the Social Sciences. Laura Paez (UNECA): Trade Interventions and Poverty Alleviation: Is Aid for Trade Helping the African Poor? Adugna Lemi (UMass) and Blen Solomon and Sisay Asefa (Western Michigan): Do Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Aid Promote Good Governance in Africa? Orphah Ruzvidzo on governance in Africa. Environmental concerns are central to the daily lives of ordinary people across Africa — how can social sciences face up to the challenges of the 21st century? Fertility treatment: Birth rates are not falling in Africa as fast as they did in Asia — more contraception would help. An awakening giant: If Africa’s economies are to take off, Africans will have to start manufacturing a lot more things — they may well do so. Will e-publishing help Africa switch on to reading? #AfricaTrending: From FIFA to Magnum ice cream to Nairobi’s traffic, Michela Wrong on what Africans talk about on Twitter.
The inaugural issue of the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry is free online. Richard J. Bernstein (New School): John Dewey’s Encounter with Leon Trotsky. William Foster (Washburn): Partisan Politics and Income Tax Rates. Amanda J. Peters (South Texas): Modern Prostitution Reform and the Return of Volitional Consent. From The Economist, an article on the economics of prostitution: Laying bare supply and demand in the oldest profession. Why is Robert Gates angry? Max Boot reviews Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates. Mark Nevitt on the National Historic Preservation Act: Preserving history, impacting foreign relations? Young people dislike Democrats and Republicans but they love Big Government — our future might be more liberal than Libertarian. Jeffrey Ball on how the proportion of young Americans who drive has plummeted — and no one knows why. Winners take all, but can’t we still dream? In the arts, low-cost digital technology allows more niche players a chance to compete — yet entertainment’s giants still have vast advantages. Laura Sullivan on how government's empty buildings are costing taxpayers billions. The Sovereign Survivor: Phillip Lobo on an analysis of contemporary crafting/survival games. Did the Right set Obama's agenda? Scott Lemieux on how recent debates on the left seem to overlook the success of critical progressive legislation. "It was kind of like slavery": Backbreaking labor, vicious beatings, unmarked graves, childhoods lost — five men return to the scene of their nightmares, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.
Alison Greig (Wales): Heaven in the Early History of Western Religions. From Cognition and Culture, a webinar on Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict by Ara Norenzayan. Terry D. Goddard reviews Before Religion: a History of a Modern Concept by Brent Nongbri. Religion in contemporary world: Octavia Domide and Larisa Bianca Pirjol review The Everyday Sacred: Symbols, Rituals, Mythologies by Cristina Gavriluta and The Sociology of Religions: Beliefs, Rituals, Ideologies by Nicu Gavriluta. The introduction to A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to the Present Day, ed. Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora. Rosemary Joyce on women as leaders in early Christianity: Fairy tales? From The Atlantic, Richard J. Miller on religion as a product of psychotropic drug use: How much of religious history was influenced by mind-altering substances? From Student Pulse, is paganism a religion? Betsy C. Chadbourn on exploring the historical and contemporary relevance of paganism. Was Nietzsche right about religion? John Gray reviews The Age of Nothing by Peter Watson and Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton. Secularisation, myth or menace? Melvin Tinker on an assessment of modern “worldliness”. God and Man in the Machine: Peter Moons on religion in the transhumanist environment. Laura Leibman on clothing and religion. An interview with Dan W. Clanton, Jr., author of Understanding Religion and Popular Culture. An excerpt from The Age of Atheists by Peter Watson. Pseudo-scientists are still trying to convince you that the Shroud of Turin is real — don't believe them.
Margus Ott (Tallinn): Chinese Refreshment for Contemporary Political Thought: Wuwei, Care, and Democracy. Yuhua Wang (Penn) and Carl F. Minzner (Fordham): The Rise of the Security State. Dilip K. Das (SolBridge): The Role of China in Asia's Evolution to Global Economic Prominence. Ralph Huenemann (Victoria): The World Bank and China: Future Prospects. Michael P. Murray and Guoqing Sun (Bates): The Demand for Space in China. Eliza Strickland on China, the next space superpower. Matt Schiavenza on Sidney Rittenberg, the American who gave his life to Chairman Mao. Peter Day on Nanjiecun, a village that still lives and works as Mao laid down. From The Economist, a flawed system for judging research is leading to academic fraud; and don’t think, just teach: The party purges free thinkers but can it contain free thinking? Noah Smith on why China's global supremacy is not inevitable. From Unmapped, Nick Holdstock on the death of old Kashgar. The burden of empire: After a brutal attack in China, the Communist Party needs to change its policies towards minorities (and more by Nick Holdstock). Zheng Wang on why China’s new rich want to emigrate. Lydia DePillis on how Taiwan is afraid that Chinese movies are becoming too good. Communism is the goal at a commune, but Chinese officials are not impressed. Rachel Lu on China's capital idea: Is it time to move the seat of government away from Beijing? My Missing Mongolia: Some Chinese see uncomfortable parallels between the Crimean referendum and their own history. Daniel Kurtz-Phelan reviews The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China — and How America Can Win by Geoff Dyer.