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"Class Shock: Affect, Mobility, and the Adjunct Crisis": New Piece in Contrivers' Review

October 14, 2014

I'm very pleased to announce that my first piece for the new online journal, Contrivers' Review, titled "Class Shock: Affect, Mobility, and the Adjunct Crisis," is just out.  Excerpts are below, and you can read the entire piece here.  Many thanks to Pete Sinnott and Luke Mergner for their excellent editorial suggestions. 

Excerpts: 

Overall, reports and testimonies relating to adjuncts focus on such easily understood narratives of what amounts to what I call Class Shock: the feeling of inadequacy and anger that arises when one’s class aspirations have been trampled underfoot.

We, adjuncts and allies, need to stop apologising for the value of intellectual production and we need to stop rendering its value in terms of the class mobility and the raced and gendered privilege it can confer upon us. We might seize this opportunity to reconfigure the terms of academic success to signify a system that allows everyone opportunities to do the work they desire, without holding ourselves up to mythical standards of class empowerment. Yet, over and over, the most persistent narratives about adjuncts draw upon class nostalgia.

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My Review of Naomi Murakawa's The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America

October 14, 2014

 

My review of Naomi Murakawa's The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, has just appeared in Alternet.  You can read an excerpt below, and the entire piece is here

Excerpt:

Between 1968 and 1976, there were no executions in the United States. Death penalty abolition was seen as such a common-sense measure it appeared in the 1972 Democratic Party Platform. In 1988, only three types of crime were punishable by the death penalty, but by 1994, that number had ballooned to 66. It is tempting to surmise that this came about because of an increased conservative tide toward the institution of the death penalty, but Murakawa shows that, over the years, the Democrats sought to up their stakes in the law and order game.

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