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    Churches don’t just follow their congregants’ views and actions on political issues, they may be shaping them, too.

Churches don’t just follow their congregants’ views and actions on political issues, they may be shaping them, too.

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Despite the US Constitution’s separation of church and state, American religious institutions and movements are often active in politics. But are they following their congregants’ existing views and actions or influencing them? Using national survey data, Andre P. Audette and Christopher L. Weaver find that churches do engage their congregants politically; at least 50 percent of congregants engage in […]

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    Book Review: Algorithms and the End of Politics: How Technology Shapes 21st-Century American Life by Scott Timcke

Book Review: Algorithms and the End of Politics: How Technology Shapes 21st-Century American Life by Scott Timcke

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In Algorithms and the End of Politics: How Technology Shapes 21st-Century American Life, Scott Timcke explores how digital technologies are impacting US politics and society today. With a timely and original main argument, this book will be particularly suited to those well versed in political and philosophical discourse and interested in Marxist critique, the logics of capitalism, technocracy, post-politics, data and […]

Book Review: Eating in Theory by Annemarie Mol

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In Eating in Theory, Annemarie Mol offers a new philosophical theory of eating, exploring how the transformative entanglements of eating invite us to rethink what it means to be human. This beautifully written book is a tasty and satisfying treat for anyone interested in human-nature relationships, refreshing theoretical perspectives, food studies, ethnography and more, finds Ola Płońska. 

Eating in Theory. Annemarie […]

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    Will vaccine mandates boost the economy? Economists think so

Will vaccine mandates boost the economy? Economists think so

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A survey explored US economists’ views on President Biden’s vaccine mandates. Will the mandates promote a faster and stronger economic recovery? Romesh Vaitilingam writes that the 42 economists who took part in the survey were unanimous in replying “yes”, with many adding nuanced comments. 

Following the Biden administration’s announcement of its intention to require that anyone at a firm with more […]

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    “Fetal Citizens” or “Anchor Babies”? Explaining reproductive injustice against immigrants and what feminists should do about it  

“Fetal Citizens” or “Anchor Babies”? Explaining reproductive injustice against immigrants and what feminists should do about it  

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In the United States, undocumented immigrant women are often subjected to reproductive injustices, including the denial of abortions. dangerous shackling, non-consensual sterilization, and a lack of medical care. Brittany Leach looks at the far-Right discourses which simultaneously see fetuses as citizens while seeking to punish pregnant undocumented women immigrants. She writes on how the contradictions of these pro-life and […]

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    The historic racism of redlining has led to a public health crisis for Black communities in Columbus, Ohio.

The historic racism of redlining has led to a public health crisis for Black communities in Columbus, Ohio.

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For much of the 20th century, Black communities and other communities of color were systematically denied mortgage loans – in a practice known as redlining which was backed by the Federal government – leading to decades of disinvestment. Lila Asher examines historical redlining maps in Columbus, Ohio, and finds that they align with present-day areas with greater levels of […]

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    Social justice themed sermons from civic-minded clergy can push churchgoers towards greater activism to improve racial equality

Social justice themed sermons from civic-minded clergy can push churchgoers towards greater activism to improve racial equality

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Religion plays an important role in the lives of many Americans. But what role does religion and religious institutions play in motivating Americans to participate in politics? In their new book, R. Khari Brown, Ronald E. Brown, and James S. Jackson look at the role the spiritual and political efforts made by churches to improve human rights. They find […]

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    Supreme Court justices are more likely to borrow language from interest group briefs when it will go unnoticed.

Supreme Court justices are more likely to borrow language from interest group briefs when it will go unnoticed.

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In recent decades, the Supreme Court has been seen as increasingly as a political as well as a legal institution, with justices’ partisan ideologies informing their decision-making. In new research, Kayla Canelo examines how justices reference and cite friend-of-the-Court or amicus curiae briefs from interest groups in their majority opinions. She finds that justices are more likely to borrow […]

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    Biden’s post-Afghanistan foreign policy pragmatism may be wishful thinking given the history of hubris in American leadership

Biden’s post-Afghanistan foreign policy pragmatism may be wishful thinking given the history of hubris in American leadership

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Completing the withdrawal from Afghanistan is a major foreign policy milestone in the first year of the Biden presidency. Is it promising, perilous – or pending? Ron Pruessen considers “over-the-horizon” possibilities in light of the foreign policy hubris of presidents past.

August 31, 2021: “Last night in Kabul,” President Joe Biden announced, “the United States ended 20 years of war […]

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    Book Review: The New Age of Empire: How Colonialism and Racism Still Rule the World by Kehinde Andrews

Book Review: The New Age of Empire: How Colonialism and Racism Still Rule the World by Kehinde Andrews

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In The New Age of Empire: How Colonialism and Racism Still Rule the World, Kehinde Andrews explores how the intellectual, political and economic frameworks inherited from colonialism are still governing today’s world, resulting in a new age of empire that perpetuates racism, white supremacy and global economic inequalities. This compact and comprehensive book challenges the grand narratives of the Enlightenment, […]

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