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    The ‘heroes’ and ‘victims’ of Trump’s State of the Union reveal how he wants Americans to think about gender and ethnicity.

The ‘heroes’ and ‘victims’ of Trump’s State of the Union reveal how he wants Americans to think about gender and ethnicity.

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Last week President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. As in previous addresses, Trump invited a number of Americans that he characterized as ‘heroes’ and ‘victims’. Patrick A. Stewart argues that Trump’s choice to spotlight mostly white men as ‘heroes’ and women and African Americans as ‘victims’ in his State […]

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    Book Review: Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation by Imani Perry

Book Review: Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation by Imani Perry

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In Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation, Imani Perry offers a powerful historical analysis of patriarchy and domination that draws on a plethora of philosophical, theoretical and artistic texts. Weaving together a unique tapestry to interrogate the structures of patriarchy and to reimagine liberation, this book should be on the shelf of any graduate student working in the fields of feminist and […]

Book Review: Robot Rights by David J. Gunkel

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In Robot Rights, David J. Gunkel explores the question of whether rights should be extended to robots, examining the philosophical foundations of four key positions and their implications. Gunkel’s interrogation of what has been seen as an ‘unthinkable’ idea offers a valuable and accessible contribution that will prompt reflection on the place of humans in the world and our relationship with other entities of […]

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    The American mainstream news media may be more biased than we think

The American mainstream news media may be more biased than we think

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Barely a day goes by without President Trump firing off an angry tweet referring to the ‘fake news’ media. But what do we know about actual political bias in the media? Eric Merkley studied 400,000 news stories published over three decades and has found that the tone of economic news is more favorable during Democratic presidencies compared to Republican […]

The deep roots of the trust crisis

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Sigmund Freud, the public affairs industry, and the internet may all have played a part, write Isabelle Stanley and Rod Dowler.

We all depend in our social, business, financial, and political affairs, on a shared currency of trust. But we have somehow devalued this currency and breaches of public trust have recently grown to epidemic proportions. Donald Trump, the President […]

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    Book Review: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Book Review: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

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In White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, Robin DiAngelo deftly articulates the need for white people to understand and discuss racism by showing how all white Americans share complicity in maintaining racism as the bedrock of US society. The book should encourage white people to intentionally take steps in their own lives to dismantle white supremacy, […]

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    The 1960s GOP show how tactical extremism can salvage a party’s electoral fortunes.

The 1960s GOP show how tactical extremism can salvage a party’s electoral fortunes.

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The rise of Trump and Brexit has reminded that we are never too far away from the politics of extremes. But these sorts of trends are nothing new, argue Jon X. Eguia and Francesco Giovannoni. Looking back to the Republican Party of the 1960s, they write that a political party that faces poor public opinion can improve its fortunes […]

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    Long Read Book Review: Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century by Kehinde Andrews

Long Read Book Review: Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century by Kehinde Andrews

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In Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century, Kehinde Andrews offers a new critical history of Black radical politics, exploring its foundations and key tenets and critiquing its applications in order to outline a vision of Black radicalism for the present. In this long read review, Amal Abu-Bakare examines the book’s contribution, reflecting particularly on the limitations of its understanding of […]

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    Book Review: Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Book Review: Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

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In Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, Arlie Russell Hochschild explores the ‘deep story’ behind the rise of the Tea Party and Donald Trump in the USA, drawing on close contact with her research subjects over a five-year period of living in Louisiana. While the book may struggle to ultimately explain the origins of this […]

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    There is a massive class and race-based chasm in digital activism.

There is a massive class and race-based chasm in digital activism.

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A great deal of research and commentary about online spaces focuses on who consumes online content and how. But what about those who are producing content online? In new research, Jen Schradie looks at activism in North Carolina around labor laws, and finds that middle and upper class groups are much more likely to be digital activists, while working […]

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