Category Archives: Social & Political Studies

BDSM goes to college, but doesn’t enrol in Camille Paglia’s class

No longer only the province of psychiatrists and pornographers, BDSM (Bondage and Discipline/Domination and Submission/Sadomasochism) is a burgeoning subject for sexuality studies. This interest is warranted. Sadomasochism is deeply ingrained culturally, with binary-gendered character types deriving from early twentieth-century sexological

BDSM goes to college, but doesn’t enrol in Camille Paglia’s class

No longer only the province of psychiatrists and pornographers, BDSM (Bondage and Discipline/Domination and Submission/Sadomasochism) is a burgeoning subject for sexuality studies. This interest is warranted. Sadomasochism is deeply ingrained culturally, with binary-gendered character types deriving from early twentieth-century sexological

50 shades of activism

All that remains is (my and our) humanist hope, without proof. (Ingrid Hoofd) Freedom Freedom You got to give for what you take (George Michael: Freedom) Let me start by unequivocally saying that I have very little patience—bordering on disdain—for

50 shades of activism

All that remains is (my and our) humanist hope, without proof. (Ingrid Hoofd) Freedom Freedom You got to give for what you take (George Michael: Freedom) Let me start by unequivocally saying that I have very little patience—bordering on disdain—for

Idealism with a Materialist Frame

Vijay Prashad’s latest work, The Poorer Nations (Verso 2013), is a spell-binding journey through the formative struggles of the modern Global South. It is the very apotheosis of modern rupture, the transition of the language of neoliberalism and the rise

Idealism with a Materialist Frame

Vijay Prashad’s latest work, The Poorer Nations (Verso 2013), is a spell-binding journey through the formative struggles of the modern Global South. It is the very apotheosis of modern rupture, the transition of the language of neoliberalism and the rise

No Future Now

Denah Johnston’s book, No Future Now, shares part of its title with a song by proto-punks The MC5 (“Future Now” from their High Time album from 1970); punk avatars The Sex Pistols’ (“No Future” from their 1976 Never Mind the

No Future Now

Denah Johnston’s book, No Future Now, shares part of its title with a song by proto-punks The MC5 (“Future Now” from their High Time album from 1970); punk avatars The Sex Pistols’ (“No Future” from their 1976 Never Mind the

Different Under God

Different Under God reveals the outcomes of a major survey of Protestant church-goers in Singapore. Conducted by Terence Chong and Hui Yew-Foong, between December 2009 and January 2011, this is a survey of 2663 people from 24 churches, consisting of

Different Under God

Different Under God reveals the outcomes of a major survey of Protestant church-goers in Singapore. Conducted by Terence Chong and Hui Yew-Foong, between December 2009 and January 2011, this is a survey of 2663 people from 24 churches, consisting of

The “Chinese-ness” of Chinese food

From cheung fan to spring rolls, chow mien to Hokkien mee, Chinese Food and Foodways in Southeast Asia and Beyond explores the myriad paths and trajectories that Chinese food has taken in diaspora, and in doing so, shaped the indigenous

The “Chinese-ness” of Chinese food

From cheung fan to spring rolls, chow mien to Hokkien mee, Chinese Food and Foodways in Southeast Asia and Beyond explores the myriad paths and trajectories that Chinese food has taken in diaspora, and in doing so, shaped the indigenous

Colonial Frames, Nationalist Histories

The history of urban growth and architecture are inextricably linked, and provide a good lens through which we can consider the rise and fall of social and political practice. As it has emerged in the global south, urbanism has become

Colonial Frames, Nationalist Histories

The history of urban growth and architecture are inextricably linked, and provide a good lens through which we can consider the rise and fall of social and political practice. As it has emerged in the global south, urbanism has become