Category Archives: Social & Political Studies

Feature: Money Changes Everything, How Finance Made Civilization Possible

Professor Goetzmann’s magisterial survey covers key developments in the history of finance, beginning with the invention of money nearly 6000 years ago in the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean. Money has been the economic lifeblood of all human societies

Feature: Money Changes Everything, How Finance Made Civilization Possible

Professor Goetzmann’s magisterial survey covers key developments in the history of finance, beginning with the invention of money nearly 6000 years ago in the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean. Money has been the economic lifeblood of all human societies

Queer spaces make queer lives

  When I think of queer Berlin, I think – albeit narrowly – of the men dancing with me to DJ Boris at the Snax party at Berghain last Easter Sunday: thousands of sweaty revelers, some wearing leathers, some wearing

Queer spaces make queer lives

  When I think of queer Berlin, I think – albeit narrowly – of the men dancing with me to DJ Boris at the Snax party at Berghain last Easter Sunday: thousands of sweaty revelers, some wearing leathers, some wearing

et filios …

“Singapore is our native land, but to be Singaporean is to be your native land. All flesh all action, Harry, make me certain. Make me useful.” (Amanda Lee Koe) In Nomine Patris … is a collection of written pieces by

et filios …

“Singapore is our native land, but to be Singaporean is to be your native land. All flesh all action, Harry, make me certain. Make me useful.” (Amanda Lee Koe) In Nomine Patris … is a collection of written pieces by

Why you should read: Karl Marx, A Nineteenth-Century Life

Karl Marx has been many things to many people. During the 20th century, amid the clamour of the Cold War era, perceptions about Marx split into two rival camps: supporters hailed him as a far-sighted prophet propelling state and society

Why you should read: Karl Marx, A Nineteenth-Century Life

Karl Marx has been many things to many people. During the 20th century, amid the clamour of the Cold War era, perceptions about Marx split into two rival camps: supporters hailed him as a far-sighted prophet propelling state and society

An Economist in the Real World

India is an ageless place where the past infuses every aspect of modern life. Since ushering in an economic liberalisation programme in 1991, India has been in a headlong rush to modernise and open up its complex and multifaceted economy

An Economist in the Real World

India is an ageless place where the past infuses every aspect of modern life. Since ushering in an economic liberalisation programme in 1991, India has been in a headlong rush to modernise and open up its complex and multifaceted economy

Much Ado About Fracking

  “Politics begins in disappointment”. So goes Simon Critchley’s useful aphorism.[1] Naomi Klein’s version thereof could go “politics begins in missed appointments” – from the first warning shots about a “metabolic rift with nature” during the industrial revolution, through to

Much Ado About Fracking

  “Politics begins in disappointment”. So goes Simon Critchley’s useful aphorism.[1] Naomi Klein’s version thereof could go “politics begins in missed appointments” – from the first warning shots about a “metabolic rift with nature” during the industrial revolution, through to

No Such Thing as the People’s Bomb

Just at this moment, amongst a half-decade-long explosion in thinking about the structural violence of neoliberal capital, Eric Schlosser has released a work on the ultimate sovereign ability to declare exception: the spectacular violence of nuclear weapons. While Schlosser’s book

No Such Thing as the People’s Bomb

Just at this moment, amongst a half-decade-long explosion in thinking about the structural violence of neoliberal capital, Eric Schlosser has released a work on the ultimate sovereign ability to declare exception: the spectacular violence of nuclear weapons. While Schlosser’s book

Destination Cambodia

Cambodia. Democratic Kampuchea. Khmer Rouge. Angkor Wat. For more than 30 years, Cambodia has been remembered as the country with a tragic past, or the country that comes with a UNESCO temple site which exists outside of the remembrance of

Destination Cambodia

Cambodia. Democratic Kampuchea. Khmer Rouge. Angkor Wat. For more than 30 years, Cambodia has been remembered as the country with a tragic past, or the country that comes with a UNESCO temple site which exists outside of the remembrance of

Rafael Epstein: Prisoner X

  Early last year, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation broke an incredible story about Australian lawyer working in Israel who had been moonlighting for the Mossad. Somehow he ran afoul of the law and, after being charged with treason, hung himself

Rafael Epstein: Prisoner X

  Early last year, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation broke an incredible story about Australian lawyer working in Israel who had been moonlighting for the Mossad. Somehow he ran afoul of the law and, after being charged with treason, hung himself

Retargeting the scope of urban enquiry

  “The fantasies of the decline of Paris are a symptom of the fact that technology was not accepted. These visions bespeak the gloomy awareness that along with the great cities have evolved the means to raze them to the

Retargeting the scope of urban enquiry

  “The fantasies of the decline of Paris are a symptom of the fact that technology was not accepted. These visions bespeak the gloomy awareness that along with the great cities have evolved the means to raze them to the