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Fiske & the Mutual Admiration Society

I have often wished we could simplify our social status signalling to the dog greeting technique.  Start with your prior belief about your station in the hierarchy, and wag your tail / stand still / or shrink your posture accordingly; … Continue reading

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File Drawer Exchange on Twitter

This happened on Twitter today, and I think it will make a useful prompt for discussion in seminar later this seminar, so I am recording it here.   Justin Esarey then weighed in with 13 posts explaining why he disagrees … Continue reading

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“Don’t Trust the Refugees!” 1980s Peru, Stylee

It will come as no surprise to many that Donald Trump’s beating of the fear drum vis-a-vis Arab and Muslim migrants and refugees is a tried and true narrative among politicians who oversee police regimes . In 1982, during Peru’s … Continue reading

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The Orientalist Morality Play, Genital Cutting Stylee

Alex de Waal recently opined that “in the West, we like morality plays with clearly identified heroes and villains, in which we can play the role of savior.”  He is discussing the balancing act human rights activists must play between … Continue reading

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Charles Tilly, Throwing it Down!

Today I discovered a new (to me) essay by Chuck: 1984’s “Social Movements and National Politics.”  I have bemoaned elsewhere the limited impact Tilly’s work has had on political science research on conflict, and it is wonderful to read for … Continue reading

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A Fictional Account of Torture that Illuminates Politics

I knew locking a man up in a dark room was meant to arouse fear before torture; hoping they’d begin with the bastinado, I thought about the lies I could tell to save my hide. That is Black, a character … Continue reading

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Your Field Needs a MINDfields Project, and You Need to do It

Christian Davenport conceived the MINDfields project a number of years ago: a video interview project to document and archive the lived experience of senior scholars in his field.  As explained on the project’s homepage, The MINDfields project: conducts interviews with senior … Continue reading

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