In his column for today's New York Times, David Brooks mentions our new collection Debating Moral Education: Rethinking the Role of the Modern University, edited by Elizabeth Kiss and J. Peter Euben. I particular Brooks singles out the essay "Players and Spectators: Sports and Ethical Training in the Modern University" by Duke University's Michael Allen Gillespie. Brooks calls the essay fascinating but he differs with Gillespie in his final assessment of the value of college sports. Gillespie, he writes, "wants to reform college sports into something smaller and more participatory." But Brooks believes college sports are important for community-building. He concludes, "Big-time college sports are absurd, but we would miss them if they were gone."
Kim Phillips-Fein reviews Loïc Wacquant's Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity in the October/November issue of Bookforum. "Wacquant’s new book, Punishing the Poor,
is about prisons in America, but only on the surface," writes Phillips-Fein. "Its real concern
is what Wacquant calls the “paradox of neoliberal penality”—the way in
which the grandeur and power of the state as expressed in incarceration
and punishment have grown over the past thirty years." Fein calls Wacquants findings "deeply disturbing," and concludes that the book reminds "us of the hypermodern yet archaic world of prisons still in our midst." (Free registration required to read the full review)
Happy Women's Equality Day! In honor of this day, first established in 1971, we thought we would draw attention to all the great women's studies books out there, such as Kathy Davis' The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Travels across Borders. This book tells of the feminist success story of the book Our Bodies, Ourselves (1970). Using interviews and responses to the original book, Davis shares the story of this remarkable book’s global circulation. Want to win a copy? Check out our contest on our Facebook page!
Brenda R. Weber's Makeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship, and Celebrity is reviewed in Publishers Weekly. According to the reviewer, Weber "offers a long-overdue analysis of what being made over means in American culture. . . her work is worthy of attention." The reviewer also calls Makeover TV a "dense and insightful critique." The book will be available in November.
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Surgery.Brand New You. “Nicola,” September 4, 2005.
Former South Korean President, Kim Dae-jung, passed away Tuesday, August 18th at the age of 83. Mr. Kim was president of South Korea from 1998-2003, and his presidency overlapped with the devastating Asian Debt Crisis (1997-2001). In the recently released South Koreans in the Debt Crisis: The Creation of a Neoliberal Welfare Society, author Jesook Song discusses Mr. Kim's role in creating the neoliberal welfare state that was a response to the crisis. For more information about Mr. Kim and the debt crisis, check out Song's new book.
Loïc Wacquant's Punishing the Poor gets a great review in this week's Times Higher Education Supplement. Reviewer Louise Hardwick writes: "Boldly conceived and carefully constructed, the book details the
grandeur of a penal state resourced by the plundering of the social one
and dissects the attitudes that legitimate it in all its grandeur.
Moreover, Wacquant not only chronicles the enthronement of the penal
state in the US but also its imitative climb towards ascendancy in
Western Europe." She concludes that the book is "urgent and timely, absorbing and alarming," and "should warn us that Britain's increasing dependence on our penal state
and the accelerating erosion of our social state are one and the same
thing, and may prove a disaster."