Articles Tagged ‘Culture’

  • The Popular Front: An “Alternative Year in Review” of 2016 Pop Culture


    2016 produced a Trump presidency and witnessed the rise of the “alt-right” and increasing violence against women, workers, and Indigenous, LGBTQ2, and racialized peoples. 2016 also saw the approval of new pipelines, Brexit, and the deaths of pop culture legends like Prince, Phife Dawg, and David Bowie and revolutionary figures like Muhammad Ali and Fidel Castro.

  • Clear the Way for the Prophets of Rage


    It was RATM guitarist Tom Morello’s idea to form the Prophets of Rage to counter the current political climate, specifically in the United States. With Zack de le Rocha uninterested in a RATM reunion, Morello and the rest of the band reached out to legendary MCs Chuck D and B-Real to pool their collections of protest songs and launch an attack on the status quo. We should be glad they did.

  • Theorizing a new radicalism: Henry Giroux on how to change the world


    In the overlapping realms of cultural studies and critical theory, few scholars have made a more significant impact upon contemporary educational theory than Henry Giroux. In 2002, the American-Canadian academic was named by the British publisher Routledge as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period.

  • Pope Francis: Capitalism is ‘Terrorism Against All of Humanity’


    Pope Francis surprised reporters on a flight from Krakow to the Vatican late Sunday when he blamed the “god of money” for extremist violence in Europe and the Middle East, saying that a ruthless global economy leads disenfranchised people to violence. The pope said that no religion has a monopoly on violence.

  • On Childhood: Introduction


    The contributors to this special focus section on childhood offer potent challenges to this all-too-common line of interpretation. In none of the articles that follow will you find analyses that treat the period between “infancy” and “adolescence” as a kind of pre-political period of formation. Nor will you find pat venerations of youthful “ignorance.”

  • The Popular Front: An “Alternative Year in Review” of 2015 Pop Culture


    This list showcases elements of progressive popular culture from the past year that aim to change the world. There are a lot of great socialist, feminist, anti-racist, and decolonial works produced every year – but it is hard to keep track of them all.

  • KC Adams: Perception, imagery and the fragility of prejudice


    Perception demonstrates the malleability of attitudes and the fragility of stigma. Its use of photographs, a medium central to our understanding of human faces and identity, serves an emotional and cognitive purpose: it allows one to transcend the shell of appearance and grasp the essence of others.

  • Virality, Solidarity and Meme Warfare


    While cats worldwide are no doubt thrilled at the digital attention they always knew they deserved, humans, and especially labour and social justice activists, might have reason to be wary of the meme. It may reinforce some the worst tendencies of the Left and those who are easily tempted to imagine that our ability to change the world is merely a matter of engineering better PR and more widely broadcasting their righteous message.

  • The First Loser


    Sport culture inevitably reflects and reinforces the values of the larger society in which sport is embedded. In sport, as in society, the unscrupulous competitor wins the race, gets the gold, gets the endorsements and gets the girl (or boy, depending on sex or sexual preference). The values of our corporate socio-economic system are almost perfectly mirrored in and mutually reinforced by the values of corporate sport.

  • Shooting Star: Techumseh Redux

    Tecumseh, the great Shawnee War Chief of the 1812 War is vilified in the US and honoured (sort of) in Canada. But in Canada’s centenary celebrations of the War of 1812, Tecumseh is largely being ignored.

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