Michael Selmi (GWU): The Obama Administration's Civil Rights Record: The Difference an Administration Makes. Mark S. Brodin (BC): The Slow Demise of Race Preference. Harry G. Hutchison (George Mason): Affirmative Action: Between the Oikos and the Cosmos. Brian T. Fitzpatrick (Vanderbilt): Is the Future of Affirmative Action Race Neutral? Sally Haslanger (MIT): Studying While Black: Trust, Opportunity and Disrespect. Erica Frankenberg and Steven L. Nelson (Penn State) and Preston C. Green (UConn): Fighting “Demographic Destiny”: A Legal Analysis of Attempts of the Strategies White Enclaves Might Use to Maintain School Segregation. Resegregation in the American South: Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back. T. Rees Shapiro reviews First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School by Alison Stewart. Affirmative action fail: Richard D. Kahlenberg reviews Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America by Sheryll Cashin. Jamelle Bouie on the single fact that powerfully explains why black Americans have such a hard time climbing the economic ladder. From Contexts, Vincent Roscigno and George Wilson on privatization and racial inequality. Clay Risen on the Bill of the Century: The Civil Rights Act, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, changed the shape of American society — the story of how it finally passed is just as remarkable. Fabio Rojas reviews Top Down: The Ford Foundation, Black Power and the Reinvention of Racial Liberalism by Karen Ferguson. Has "the conscience of Congress" sold out to big banks? Zach Carter and Ryan Grim on how the Congressional Black Caucus is at war with itself over Wall Street.

Thomas Carter (Brighton): Wading Through the Mangroves: Thoughts on Theorising the Coast. Andrew N. Rubin (Georgetown): Orientalism and the History of Western Anti-Semitism: The Coming End of an American Taboo. Tony Ballantyne (Otago): Strategic Intimacies: Knowledge and Colonization in Southern New Zealand. From Qualitative Sociology Review, Medora W. Barnes (John Carroll): Our Family Functions: Functions of Traditional Weddings for Modern Brides and Postmodern Families; Marina D’Agati (Torino): “I Feel Like I’m Going to Win”: Superstition in Gambling; and Gregory M. Hall (SUNY): Tension in the Field of Art: The Practical Tattoo Artist and Perceptions of the Fine Art Community. The powerful authority of cute animals: Beatrice Marovich on the mechanism of the beckoning cat and other talismans. Want to spot the next bubble?: The more Harvard grads that head for Wall Street, the worse a sign it is for markets. Matthew Hutson on why we enjoy chili peppers, S&M, gruesome movies, and other unpleasant experiences. Distrust your data: Jacob Harris on six ways to make mistakes with data. Weird suburbia: Ken Hollings on how atomic bombs and UFOs created modern America. Deborah Cohen on why we look the way we look now: The modern style of clothes emerged in the Depression, and so did the focus on the figure beneath the fabric — with a startling result; as Americans' wardrobes became more similar, bodies diverged along class lines. With the narrowing of the political class, don't we need more politics rather than less? David Runciman on politics or technology — which will save the world?

The inaugural issue of BOGA: Basque Studies Consortium Journal is out. Huw Evans (Cardiff): Law and Legitimacy: The Denial of the Catalan Voice. Klemens Olafur Thrastarson (Pompeu Fabra): Iberia and the 21st Century (A Federal Republic of Iberia). Mario Espinoza Pino (Complutense): The Spanish Revolt: Defying the Crisis from Below. Paul Anderson (Pompeu Fabra): Recognition and Political Accommodation of National Minorities: The Case of Catalonia. Lluis Perez Lozano and Marc Sanjaume Calvet (Pompeu Fabra): Legalizing Secession: The Catalan Case. Estat Propi: Christopher Jury Morgan on negotiations of statehood in Catalonia. How likely is Catalan independence? Xavier Vila Carrera the domain of Spain. Playing chicken in Catalonia: Spain's political heavyweights have locked themselves into a secession face-off that could tear apart the country. Wars of Spanish secession: Catalonia is set on an independence vote, despite Madrid’s hostility. Roads to utopia: Sarah Hill goes inside Spain's model village. From El Pais, Natalia Junquera on an abdication plan that was five months in the making; and how King Juan Carlos revealed his abdication secret. Spain's poisoned chalice: The Spanish monarchy is in big trouble, and not even a young, handsome new king may be able to do anything about it (and more). Left and pro-sovereignty forces demand republic referendum. The King is dead, long live the giddy baby elephant of the people! With leftist, republican and independence movements brewing, could Felipe be the last King of Spain? Matt Bellassai on 49 reasons the Spanish World Cup team is definitely the hottest World Cup team.