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Terry Wrigley

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION: VOLUME 12 NUMBER 1 (2014)

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POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION
Volume 12 Number 1  2014  ISSN 1478-2103

SPECIAL ISSUE
ISLAM AND THE END OF EUROPEAN MULTICULTURALISM?

Edited by MICHAEL A. PETERS & TINA BESLEY

CONTENTS:

Michael A. Peters & Tina Besley. Editorial. Islam and the End of European Multiculturalism? From Multiculturalism to Civic Integration OPEN ACCESS

Danielle Zay. Is the Decline of European Multiculturalism the Beginning of a More Secular Europe?

Carsten Ljunggren. Citizenship Education and National Identity: teaching ambivalence

Donald K. Sharpes & Lotte R. Schou. Teacher Attitudes toward Muslim Student Integration into Civil Society: a report from six European countries

Sabine Gruber & Annika Rabo. Multiculturalism Swedish Style: shifts and sediments in educational policies and textbooks

Louise Chircop. Muslim Students in Malta: citizens at the margins

Mike Cole. Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism and Islamophobia – or Twenty-first-century Multicultural Socialism?

David Gabbard & Sarah Ritter. The Market, Multiculturalism, and Leitkultur: responding to Zizek’s challenge

Mayida Zaal. In the Shadow of Tolerance: the discursive context of Dutch-born Muslim youth

Yusef Waghid & Nuraan Davids. Muslim Education and its (In)commensurability with Multiculturalism: some thoughts on the imaginative madrassah

Anis Bajrektarevic. Multiculturalism is D(r)ead in Europe

Anne Beate Reinertsen, Ann Merete Otterstad & Oded Ben-Horin. Our Little Land and the Urgency of Showing, Not Telling, Our Subjectivities

Driss Habti. The Religious Aspects of Diasporic Experience of Muslims in Europe within the Crisis of Multiculturalism

Renée DePalma & Laura Cruz López. The Hijab and the Integration of the Muslim Other in Spanish Schools

VIEWPOINT
Michael A. Peters. Criticism and the Ethics of Negative Reviews

BOOK REVIEW
Education, Democracy and Development: does education contribute to democratization in developing countries? (Clive Harber & Vusi Mncube), reviewed by Mauricio Pino Yancovic OPEN ACCESS

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Glenn Rikowski and Ruth Rikowski have a number of articles in Policy Futures in Education. These include (and these are open access):

Rikowski, Ruth (2003) Value – the Life Blood of Capitalism: knowledge is the current key, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.1 No.1, pp.160-178: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=1&issue=1&year=2003&article=9_Rikowski_PFIE_1_1&id=195.93.21.68

Rikowski, Glenn (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=2&issue=3&year=2004&article=10_Rikowski_PFEO_2_3-4_web&id=195.93.21.71

Rikowski, Ruth (2006) A Marxist Analysis of the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.4 No.4: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/viewpdf.asp?j=pfie&vol=4&issue=4&year=2006&article=7_Rikowski_PFIE_4_4_web&id=205.188.117.66

Rikowski, Ruth (2008) Review Essay: ‘On Marx: An introduction to the revolutionary intellect of Karl Marx’, by Paula Allman, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.5, pp.653-661:  http://www.wwwords.co.uk/pdf/validate.asp?j=pfie&vol=6&issue=5&year=2008&article=11_Rikowski_PFIE_6_5_web

 

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Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism

THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! ISLAMOPHOBIA, EXTREMISM AND THE DOMESTIC WAR ON TERROR

A new book by Arun Kundnani

A razor sharp critique of the War on Terror’s new front – the domestic terrorist – and the resulting counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance

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AVAILABLE NOW: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1512-the-muslims-are-coming

Arun Kundnani will be taking part in a number of events across the UK to talk about his new book. See below for further details.

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Jameel Scott thought he was exercising his rights when he went to challenge an Israeli official’s lecture at Manchester University. But the teenager’s presence at the protest with fellow socialists made him the subject of police surveillance for the next two years. Counterterrorism agents visited his parents, his relatives, his school. They asked him for activists’ names and told him not to attend demonstrations. They called his mother and told her to move the family to another neighborhood. Although he doesn’t identify as Muslim, Jameel had become another face of the presumed ‘homegrown’ terrorist.

The new front in the War on Terror is the ‘homegrown enemy,’ people who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States and across the UK. Domestic surveillance has mushroomed – at least 100,000 Muslims in America have been secretly under scrutiny. British police compiled a secret suspect list of more than 8,000 al-Qaeda ‘sympathisers,’ and in another operation included almost 300 children fifteen and under among the potential extremists investigated. MI5 doubled in size in just five years. However, the official accounts of ‘radicalization’ and ‘extremism’ that underpin these policies fail to grasp the real causes of political violence. Furthermore, public debate has ignored the impacts of such surveillance on ‘suspect communities’ targeted – especially young Muslims. 

Based on several years of research and reportage, in locations across the US and the UK, and written in engrossing, precise prose, this is the first comprehensive critique of counterradicalization strategies. Arun Kundnani looks at the root of our domestic anti-terror policies to expose the anxiety, intolerance, and racism that inform them. 

ARUN KUNDNANI is an Adjunct Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and teaches terrorism studies at John Jay College. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Leiden University, Netherlands, an Open Society Fellow, and the Editor of the journal Race and Class. He is the author of The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain. He lives in New York.

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Events:

  

March 4th, University of Huddersfield

http://www.versobooks.com/events/838-the-muslims-are-coming-islamophobia-extremism-and-the-domestic-war-on-terror

 

March 5th, University of Manchester

http://www.versobooks.com/events/852-the-muslims-are-coming 

 

March 6th, Foyles, Bristol Festival of Ideas

http://www.versobooks.com/events/827-islamophobia-extremism-and-the-domestic-war-on-terror 

 

March 7th, University of Bradford  – this is a JUST West Yorkshire event, in collaboration with the Free Talha Ahsan Campaign

http://www.versobooks.com/events/837-extradition-the-question-of-citizenship-in-the-war-on-terror 

 

March 10th, Foyles, London: a conversation with Owen Jones on the riding tide of Islamophobia

http://www.versobooks.com/events/843-the-rising-tide-of-islamophobia 

 

March 12th, Goldsmiths, University of London

http://www.versobooks.com/events/825-the-muslims-are-coming-book-launch-and-discussion 

 

March 13th, Kings College London: a discussion with Liz Fekete – Executive Director of the Institute of Race Relations – on the uses of extremism in the UK

http://www.versobooks.com/events/847-the-uses-of-extremism 

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“An important and moving investigation of the costs of the ‘war on terror’ for those who have been its targets, including the thousands of innocent Muslims who have been infiltrated, entrapped, and surveilled in the search for the radicalized terrorist among us. Kundnani gives eloquent voice to the communities that have been regulated, watched, and silenced by the national security state.”  David Cole, author of Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism

“A bold new look at the much discussed issue of surveillance, documenting how it impacts the communities most affected – American and British Muslims. With incisive reporting from across the US and the UK, combined with trenchant analysis, Arun Kundnani captures what it feels like to be a ‘suspect population.’”  Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

“This timely and urgent analysis carefully examines the ideologies and law enforcement strategies that undergird the domestic War on Terror. What Kundnani finds is disturbing: sweeping, specious radicalization theory and racialized assumptions about the nature of Islam drive domestic counterterrorism practices. This has had devastating consequences for the rights and liberties of Muslims and the state of constitutional protections in the US and UK.”  Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

“An incisive, scholarly, bold, and convincing critique of the never-ending ‘War on Terror,’ whose roots extend far beyond the tragedy of 9/11. An important work.”  Wajahat Ali, cohost of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream and author of The Domestic Crusaders

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Hardback Original | March 2014 | ISBN: 9781781681596 | £14.99 | $26.95 | $32.00CAN | 327 pages

Also available as an eBook | ISBN: 9781781682128

To learn more about THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! and to purchase the book visit  http://www.versobooks.com/books/1512-the-muslims-are-coming

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Books

Books

THE NEW LEFT BOOK CLUB

CALL FOR PAPERS

The New Left Book Club invites unpublished essays that address aspects of leftism, internationally and interpersonally. We welcome all submissions from undergraduates and postgraduates, and are particularly interested in the following themes:

* Leftism and Islam

* Socialism in Practice (housing cooperatives, etc)

* Gender and the Left

* Post-capitalist policy

* The Economics of Austerity

* Leftism in the Eurozone

* Critical theory and the UK general election 2015

* Health politics

SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

We are accepting long form essays of up to 5000 words. Prospective authors are invited to submit an abstract or outline of ideas to newleftbookclub@gmail.com

Authors will be invited to discuss their work and ideas at New Left Book Club events following publication.

WHAT WAS THE LEFT BOOK CLUB?

The Left Book Club was founded in 1936 by Cripps, Strachey, and Gollancz with the aim of creating a well informed and dynamic left in Britain. The Club grew explosively, and within a few years had some 57000 members and 1500 monthly discussion groups. The Club was hugely influential in the Labour victory of 1945 and the great socialist efforts that followed.

WHAT IS THE NEW LEFT BOOK CLUB?

We aim to recreate this phenomenon, publishing volumes of essays covering the entire spectrum of leftist thought. It’s not 1945 but we believe there is still a role for a print book club to play in generating progressive discussion, particularly amongst those who feel marginalised or voiceless with respect to the current state of leftist publications.

WHY WE EXIST

1. We want to replicate the achievements of the original Left Book Club, namely a unified group of people reading and discussing leftist ideology in preparation for a period of social change.

2. We want to provide a platform for leftist thought and discussion outside of the mainstream publications.

3. We want to create an editorially transparent publication, exposing readers to ideology and perspectives they might not otherwise encounter.

4. We welcome radical and experimental thought from anyone – not only those with formal academic training

5. We want to create a culture antithetical to the immediate response / counter-response whirlwind of Twitter and other online channels.

6. We want to provide a place for discussion of pure ideology and analysis, free from the potentially off-putting nature of leftist political action groups.

7. We want to hold events where leftists can meet up and share their thoughts. To this end we will be holding bi-monthly events in Manchester and London (initially).

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism

ISLAM AND THE END OF EUROPEAN MULTICULTIRALISM – CALL FR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS

POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION

www.wwwords.co.uk/PFIE

 

SPECIAL ISSUE

ISLAM AND THE END OF EUROPEAN MULTICULTURALISM

 

Multiculturalism has been the dominant paradigm for the West since the 1960s influencing a range of policies from international development, immigration to democracy promotion. Over the decade or so since 9/11 and against the background of the Iraq War, terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, Madrid and London, and a number of other critical incidents, Europe has officially turned away from the doctrine of state multiculturalism. In 2010 Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism in Germany had ‘failed utterly’ and indicated that it was an illusion to think that German and ‘gastarbeiters’ or guest workers could live happily together. Merkel’s stance was repeated by Nicolas Sarkozy in 2011 who commented that ‘We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him.’ Merkel’s and Sarkozy’s comments were quickly supported by former prime ministers for Australia and Spain John Howard and Jose Maria Aznar.

On 5th February 2011, the British Prime Minister David Cameron echoed the criticisms of state multiculturalism arguing ‘Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and the mainstream. We have failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We have even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values’. Cameron’s talk was aimed at Islamic extremism and the process of radicalization while being careful not to lump all Muslims together. He too focused on the need for identity with core liberal values of host societies: ‘we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and a much more active, muscular liberalism’. Partly as a response, in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, there emerged a call for ‘integration’ and for a ‘community cohesion agenda’ comprised of tougher immigration and deportment laws, citizenship tests, compulsory citizenship education, and new employment policies giving preference to British workers. The combined impact of the Iraq war, the Abu-Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay abuses and the ‘war on terror’ have been highly damaging to Muslim minorities leading to claims of social exclusion, discrimination and abrogation of identity rights. At the same time political Islam is in a state of radical transformation with the events of the Arab Spring and a spate of revolutionary protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen that have forced traditional rulers from power with other protests throughout the Arab world. This special issue investigates the end of European multiculturalism against this contemporary political backdrop.

 

Deadline extended

Please send expressions of interest in contributing to this special issue of Policy Futures in Education in the form of a title and abstract to Michael A. Peters mpeters@waikato.ac.nz by the end of March 2013.

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Glenn Rikowski

THE GLOBALISATION LECTURES

2012-2013

Organised by the Department of Development Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University of London

Convenor: Professor Gilbert Achcar

Wednesday 31 October, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

GLOBALISATION IN TIME: BETWEEN THE CAMERA AND THE CLOCK

 MARCUS VERHAGEN

Art historian and critic, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London

Wednesday 28 November, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

WHICH DEMOCRACY FOR A MULTIPOLAR WORLD?

CHANTAL MOUFFE

Professor of political theory and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster

Wednesday 6 February, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

IS ISLAMISM THE ARAB DESTINY?

AZIZ AL-AZMEH

CEU University Professor, School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, Central European University, Budapest

Wednesday 6 March, 6:30pm – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

WOMEN AND THE ‘ARAB SPRING’: LESSONS FROM IRAN?

HAIDEH MOGHISSI

Professor and Trudeau Fellow, Department of Equity Studies, York University, Toronto

Published first in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/the-globalisation-lectures-2012-13-soas-starts-31-october

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Globalization

The Spirit of Capital

RELIGION AND RADICALISM CONFERENCE

Second Call for Papers

University of Newcastle, 5-6 October 2012

Venue: The Lockup, former police station. We will meet in the prisoners’ exercise yard …

The Lockup Cultural Centre: http://www.thelockup.info/events-functions/

 

Since the ‘religions of the book’ centre on calls to personal and social transformation (Hebrew shuv, Greek metanoia, Arabic tawbah), they have given rise to repeated radical and revolutionary movements. This radicalism continues, even in the context of the privatized and individualist faith of the West, but also in Eastern contexts, such as the Taiping Rebellion in China. The political and legal definition of such an act is ‘treason’: conspiring to overthrow the ‘state’, whether the political state or the states of our social and individual lives.

Theology is also notorious for supporting the status quo (see Romans 13). Thus, theology is caught between political reaction and radicalism: the same theological system – whether Christian, Islamic or Jewish – can foster support of an oppressive status quo and yet undermine that state. Or, one theological system – notably some forms of Islam – may challenge the dominance of another, such as Christianity (see Qur’an 5:51).

This tension between religious reaction and radicalism, which takes place within and between theological traditions, is the focus of a two-day conference at the University of Newcastle, to be held on 5-6 October, 2012. It is part of the ‘Religion in Political Life’ project at the university. We will include speakers who bring new perspectives to this discussion, especially from Asia.

 

Topics include but are not limited to:

1. Permutations of theological treason in Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

2. Internal and systemic tensions between religious radicalism and conservatism.

3. Events when religion’s treasonable resources were deployed to overthrow the ‘state’.

4. Theological dimensions of Islamic-Western tension and misunderstanding.

 

The symposium will bring five international experts to Newcastle to present papers at the conference. The speakers are Zhang Shuangli (Fudan University, Shanghai), Geng Youzhuang (Renmin University, Beijing), Chin Kenpa (Chung Yuan Christian University, Zhongli, Taiwan), Ward Blanton (University of Glasgow) and James Crossley (University of Sheffield).

Please send paper proposals to me by 14 August.

There is no registration cost for the conference and food will be included, but you will need to get here and find a bed. Recommended accommodation includes The Grand Hotel, the Novocastrian and the great YHA, right by the beach.

Conference website: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/institute/humanities-research/programmes-of-research/ripl/religion-and-radicalism-conference.html

Originally published in ‘Historical Materialism News’: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/second-call-for-papers-theology-and-treason-conference-newcastle-5-6-october-2012  

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Bonuses for Some

NEW INTERVENTIONS – VOLUME 13 NUMBER 4

Just Out!

New Interventions, Volume 13, No 4

* Theodor Bergmann, The Tragedy of Paul Levi — A look at the life and works of the noted German Marxist

* Mike Jones and Alistair Mitchell, Isaac Deutscher — A critical appraisal of Trotsky’s biographer

* Chris Gray, The Heritage We Find Indefensible and the Myth of ‘Pabloism’ — Orthodox Trotskyism, the Pabloite bogey and the dangers of vanguardism

* Harry Ratner, Capturing the Capitalist Citadel — Reform, revolution and the capitalist state

* Arthur Trusscott, Ten Years On — Did al Qaeda change everything on 11 September 2001?

* Terry Liddle, War on the Heavens — The rise of the ‘New Atheism’ and its meaning for socialists

* Andrew Coates, The Flight of the Intellectuals? — A look at Paul Berman’s writings on Islam and Western intellectuals

* Mike Jones, Kosovo: The Successful Intervention? — The rise of the gangster-state in Kosovo

* Paul Flewers, Porterhouse Bloomsbury? — What does the New College of the Humanities offer?

* Mike Belbin, The Lone Crusader and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice — Anders Behring Breivik and his theoretical influences

* Reports from the USA — how to resist and reverse the attacks on the working class

* Reviews — Second World War fiction

* Letters — Stalinism and Revolution

* Afterword — Arthur Trusscott, Riots: Fish Rot From the Head

Write to: 116 Hugh Road, Coventry CV3 1AF, United Kingdom, e-mail: drdavidspencer@talktalk.net.

 

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Antonio Gramsci

GRAMSCI CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

FESATODER (aka. The Association of Philosophy and Social Researches, http://www.fesatoder.com) is setting out an international meeting in commemoration of Antonio Gramcsi’s 120nd year of birth at Büyükada-İstanbul as our 3rd annual philosophy meeting. For further information please visit our site.

Religion, Civil Society and Political Society in Gramsci

Gramsci Conference 7.10.-8.10.2011 in Istanbul, Büyükada

In the last decades, Gramsci’s work has become a central point of reference for critical philosophical and social-theoretical debates. His Prison Notebooks have been translated into many languages and some of his key concepts have been decisively influential for the analysis of social development under the conditions of restructured neoliberal capitalism. Among these are concepts such as those of the integral state, civil society, hegemony and leadership, the intellectuals, an historical bloc, his critical understanding of culture and Marxism as a philosophy of praxis.

Turkish society has also been studied in a series of research projects inspired by Gramsci’s perspectives, stimulating new approaches of emancipatory politics. Turkey is of particular interest because it is a semi-peripheral state between the south-eastern border of the European Union and the nations and states of the Middle East. Given the long tradition of the Ottoman Empire, the secularisation that occurred following 1923, authoritarian parliamentarian democracy and the recently renewed role of different currents of Islam in Turkish politics, it is worthwhile considering to what extent Gramsci’s perspectives on the state and civil society, his distinction between east and west, his notion of the philosophy of praxis and particularly his reflections on the meaning of religion can be useful for analysing the Turkish reality.

Prof. Dr. Alex Demirović (Technical University Berlin; Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung; editor of Prokla)

Prof. Dr. Sinan Özbek (Kocaeli University; editor of Felsefelogos)

Dr. Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University; editor of Historical Materialism: research in critical Marxist theory).

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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Socialism and Hope

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST REVIEW – ISSUE 76

Issue 76: March–April (2011)

ISR 76: http://isreview.org/index.shtml

CONTENTS 

Revolt in the Middle East 
Another World is Possible

Middle East in Revolution

Editorial 
The actuality of revolution

Ahmed Shawki and Mostafa Omar 
Chronicle of a revolution 
A running account of the movement that brought down Hosni Mubarak

Matt Swagler 
Tunisia: A dictator falls, but what comes next?

Phil Gasper • Critical Thinking 
Can revolution happen here? 
Mass protests are taking place around the world. Will anything similar happen in the U.S.?

Features

Deepa Kumar 
Political Islam: A Marxist analysis 
Part one of a two-part series

Ken Loach 
Between commodity and communication: Has film fulfilled its potential? 
The director of Land and Freedom speaks at the London Film Festival

Noam Chomsky 
Human intelligence and the environment 
How what is rational in capitalist terms is irrational in environmental terms

Stuart Easterling 
Mexico’s revolution, 1910-1920 
The concluding part of a three-part series on the Mexican Revolution

Bolivia today: A debate 
Jeffery Webber’s article, “Bolivia’s reconstituted neoliberalism” (International Socialist Review, September–October 2010), draws a dissenting response from Federico Fuentes, and a rejoinder from Webber

Books

Hadas Thier 
Gaza’s nightmare: the truth about Israel 
A review of two new books about Israel’s war on the Palestinian people

PLUS: Helen Redmond reviews Sabstian Junger’s War, Jim Ramey review’s Nir Rosen’s Aftermath; Chris Williams reviews The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth; Jason Farbman reviews two new books on the struggle in Latin America; Dao X. Tran reviews a memoir of a Vietnamese Trotskyist

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World Crisis

SPRING & SUMMER EVENTS AT BOOKMARKS BOOKSHOP

From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia

With Jeff Webber

Tuesday 12 April, 6.30pm
Evo Morales rode to power on a wave of popular mobilisations against the neoliberal policies enforced by his predecessors. Yet many of his economic policies bare striking resemblance to the status quo he was meant to displace.
Based in part on dozens of interviews with leading Bolivian activists, Webber examines the contradictions of Morales’ first term in office.
Jeffery R. Webber teaches at the University of Regina in Canada. He has taught at several institutions in Canada, Europe, and Latin America, where he conducts field research. Webber is a member on the editorial boards of Historical Materialism, Latin American Perspectives, and New Socialist.
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Islamophobia and the Role of the Intellectual
With Hamid Dabashi & a speaker from Unite Against Fascism (UAF)
Monday 9 May, 6.30pm
Dabashi’s book ‘Brown Skin, White Masks’ picks up where Frantz Fanon left off. He extends Fanon’s insights as they apply to today’s world. Dabashi shows how intellectuals who migrate to the West are often used by the imperial powers to misrepresent their home countries. Just as many Iraqi exiles were used to justify the invasion of Iraq, Dabashi demonstrates that this is a common phenomenon, and examines why and how so many immigrant intellectuals help to sustain imperialism.
Hamid Dabashi is professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and the author of 18 books and countless articles. His books include ‘Theology of Discontent’ (1993), ‘Iran: A People Interrupted’ (2007), ‘Islamic Liberation Theology: Resisting the Empire’ (2008) and ‘Brown Skins, White Masks’ (2011)
Hamid Dabashi is on a short speaking tour of Europe. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear him, and ask questions, in the relaxed atmosphere of Bookmarks Bookshop.
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We Sell Our Time No More: Workers’ Struggles Against Lean Production in the British Car Industry
With Paul Stewart
Wednesday 11 May, 6.30pm
This is the story of struggles against management regimes in the car industry in Britain from the period after the Second World War until the contemporary regime of lean production.
Told from the viewpoint of the workers, the book chronicles how workers responded to a variety of management and union strategies, from piece rate working, through measured day work, and eventually to lean production beginning in the late 1980s.
Paul Stewart is Professor of the Sociology of Work and Employment at Strathclyde University. He has been researching and writing on the automotive industry for many years and was joint convenor of the Automotive Workers Research Network.
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Jacob

BORDERLANDS E-JOURNAL – VOLUME 9 NUMBER 3 (2010)

Special Issue on:
Religion & Sexuality
Editor: Aaron Goodfellow

http://www.borderlands.net.au/issues/vol9no3.html

INTRODUCTION

Aaron Goodfellow
Religion/Sexuality: Politics/Affects

ESSAYS

Veena Das
Sexuality, Vulnerability, and the Oddness of the Human: Lessons from the Mahabharata

Naveeda Khan
Images That Come Unbidden: Some thoughts on the Danish cartoons controversy

Éric Fassin
Celibate Priests, Continent Homosexuals: What the exclusion of gay (and gay-friendly) men from priesthood reveals about the political nature of the Roman Catholic Church

Deepak Mehta
Self-Dissolution, Politics and the Work of Affect: The life and death of Sufi Baba

Bhrigupati Singh
Asceticism and Eroticism in Gandhi, Thoreau and Nietzsche: An essay in geo-philosophy

François-David Sebbah
Erotic Face and Ethical Face After Levinas

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel
A Human Right to Stupidity
(Jacques Derrida, The Beast and the Sovereign Volume 1, trans. Geoffrey Bennington, Chicago and London: Chicago University Press, 2009.)

Vineeth Mathoor
(Anouar Majid, We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against Muslims and Other Minorities, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.)

Guy Lancaster
Promoting Conflict or Peace through Identity

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Fanaticism

FANATICISM

On the Uses of an Idea

By ALBERTO TOSCANO

Published 7h June 2010

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EVENTS:

Thursday 3 June, 1pm at the RSA, London: A special introduction to Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea. For more information and book your free place: http://www.thersa.org/events/our-events/fanaticism-on-the-uses-of-an-idea

Friday 2 July, 2-3.30pm at the Marxism 2010 Festival in London, Room 3E at ULU, 2-3.30. For more information and to book:  https://www.marxismfestival.org.uk/2010/bookonline.html

Thursday 8 July, 6.45pm: Launch talk at the ICA. Further details to be announced here: http://www.ica.org.uk/7945/Talks/Talks-listings.html

Monday 11 October, 6.30 -8.00pm at the LSE, Wolfson theatre as part of the Forum for European Philosophy talks. Further details to be announced here:http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/forumForEuropeanPhilosophy/events/Default.htm

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“A tour de force in every sense – Toscano wipes the smug smiles off the self-righteous faces of the New Philosophers.” Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

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Fanaticism is usually seen as a deviant or extreme variant of an already irrational set of religious beliefs. Drawing a straight line from the Peasant Wars to Bolshevism, this view of fanaticism is today invoked by the West in order to demonize and psychologize any non-liberal politics. Alberto Toscano’s compelling counter-history explores the critical role fanaticism played in forming modern politics and the liberal state, and undermines the idea that liberalism and fanaticism are irrevocably opposed. 

Tracing its development from the traumatic Peasants’ War of early sixteenth-century Germany, to contemporary Islamism, Toscano tears apart the sterile opposition of “reasonableness” and fanaticism. Instead, in a radical new interpretation, he places the fanatic at the very heart of politics, arguing that historical and revolutionary transformations require a new understanding of its role. Showing how fanaticism results from the failure to formulate an adequate emancipatory politics, this illuminating history sheds new light on an idea that continues to dominate debates about faith and secularism.

The ‘fanatic’ is the figure that we are all scared of – whether it’s the Islamic fundamentalist primed for a suicide bombing or the Christian anti-abortionist planning to murder a doctor. The fanatic is a whirl of contradictions: at once cold-blooded and insanely passionate, opportunistic but principled, backward and yet technologically sophisticated, murderous and prepared to risk everything to human rights. He or she is driven by abstract principles, whether religious or secular, that threaten the very basis of a pragmatic liberal democracy. But are these oppositions really the way to understand the conflict between religion and state, terror and democracy?

In this tour de force examination of political and philosophical rhetoric through the ages, Alberto Toscano examines the use of the term ‘fanatic’. Following its use by Martin Luther in the Reformation, the rationalists in the Enlightenment, and liberals in the Cold War and the present day, he finds our understanding of it dictated by the prejudices of the day.

Toscano argues that there is an unsettling intimacy between political behaviour regarded as fanatical, and rational, emancipatory politics: supposedly liberal political projects are also marked by fanaticism. Moreover, while a liberal would claim that passion and abstract principles (such as universal rights) are the jurisdiction of the fanatic and have no place in rational politics, we should seek to reclaim a place for these supposedly negative terms at the heart of contemporary politics. For example, finding that nineteenth century slavers called abolitionists fanatics for their ‘mad’ adherence to the Rights of Man, he asks us to reconsider who we regard as a fanatic.

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ALBERTO TOSCANO is a lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Theatre of Production, translator of Alain Badiou’s The Century and Logics of Worlds and co-editor of, among others, Alain Badiou’s Theoretical Writings and Antonio Negri’s Political Descartes. He has published numerous articles on contemporary philosophy, politics and social theory, and is an editor of Historical Materialism.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 424 4 / $26.95 / £16.99 / CAN$33.50 / 304 pages

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