Facing the Future

books & arts John Urry. 2016. What is the Future? Malden, MA: Polity Press. 226 pages. One of the greatest rewards of reading John Urry’s latest and, unfortunately, last solo-authored book, is that it so vividly reflects the kinds of concerns and commitments that led him to become one of the most influential sociologists of […]

Uncommon Sense: Terreur, Terroir, Terrace

Terreur, Terroir, Terrace Vectors of Police and Public in France after Charlie Hebdo and La Bataclan Introduction In November 2015, the city of Paris witnessed the second series of deadly attacks in less than a year. The first occurred on January 7, 2015, at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdomadaire (affectionately nicknamed Charlie […]

#EverythingMustFall: The Use of Social Media and Violent Protests in the Current Wave of Student Riots in South Africa

The past year has seen violent protests at most South African universities, where students have pursued the dual goals of free education and a decolonization of education. Severe dissatisfaction with everything from tuition fees, housing schemes, languages of instruction and symbolic tributes to colonial stalwarts have coalesced to produce a tense environment of conflicts and […]

Perpetual War

Perpetual War Text by Katherine T. McCaffrey. Photos by Bonnie Donohue. Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, is home to 107 abandoned military bunkers, a legacy of the U.S. naval presence on the island. Designed to contain ammunition and high explosives, the bunkers were constructed during the build up to WWII, when the German threat to the […]

The Endless Bus Trip: a Visual Essay

The Endless Bus Trip is a visual essay about Korean and Chinese immigrants living in Flushing, Queens, who ride casino buses as a way of life. Twice a day, immigrants wait at unmarked bus stops along the crowded downtown streets to buy $15 bus tickets from New York City to the Sands Casino and Resort […]

NAFTA’s Highway of Death

Books and Arts: Reviews of Books, Articles, the Arts, and More! Shaylih Muehlmann. 2014. When I Wear My Alligator Boots: Narco-Culture in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Oakland: University of California Press. Anna Ochoa O’Leary, Colin M. Deeds and Scott Whiteford, eds. 2013. Uncharted Terrains: New Directions in Border Research Methodology, Ethics, and Practice. Tucson: University of […]

Turning the City Inside-Out?

Asef Bayat. 2012. “Politics in the City-Inside-Out” City and Society 24, 2:110–128. In cities such as Beirut and Cairo, the quiet everyday ways that poor people reappropriate space from the rich in the Middle East creates a new version of urban public space that Asef Bayat terms the “city-inside-out.” This new version of urban public […]

Targeting the Gun Question: The “Culture War” in Scope

A lineup of hot-button issues has plagued the political life of the United States for decades, at least since the 1970s: abortion, sexualities, religion, evolution, censorship, recreational drugs, guns. An odd list on the face of it, but supposedly, the nation’s population divides into one of two camps over each issue, or so sociologist James […]

Gambled Away: Video Poker and Self-Suspension

Natasha Dow Schüll Patsy, a green-eyed brunette in her mid- forties, began gambling soon after she moved to Las Vegas from California in the 1980s with her husband, a military officer who had been restationed at Nellis Air Force Base. Video poker machines had been introduced to the local gambling market in the late 1970s, […]