Political Culture after Democracy

February 23, 2017 nyupressblog 0

—Eva Cherniavsky
Donald Trump did not create the world of “alternative facts.” Rather, the possibility of his election is the culmination of twinned processes: the dismantling of representational democracy in the U.S., and the de-realization of politics. From the point of view of the elites who rule us, the real problem with Trump is the risk his fascist agenda might foster the resurrection of the people as an oppositional, anti-elite political power.

Love Doesn’t Trump Hate

January 11, 2017 nyupressblog 0

—Lee Bebout
White supremacy is reinforced by and persists because of a complex of emotions. Love does not exist above and beyond hate in a distinct sphere. Love and hate are side by side, they stick together, they intermingle, they interpenetrate. “Love Trumps Hate” is a catchy slogan, but these words do something that we cannot continue. They hinder understanding.

Trump and the Scapegoating of Latinos

November 21, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Hector Amaya
Nativism and anti-Latino fervor among media and political voices in the United States paved the way for Trump’s ascendance by scapegoating Latinos for the economic difficulties of white working class people and the perceived failure of democracy.

The Adopted Diaspora’s Return to Korea

August 16, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Catherine Ceniza Choy
South Korea plays a central role in the history of international and transracial adoption. What happens when the adopted Korean diaspora returns to the homeland beyond a temporary visit? And what might artistic production by and about Korean international adoptees who have returned to live in Korea say about the history and contemporary state of international adoption?

The Price of Freedom in Orange Is the New Black

June 22, 2016 nyupressblog 1

—Jill A. McCorkel
Season three of Orange is the New Black introduced us to a new character, one that you won’t find on listed among the show’s cast or analyzed in any detail on the many blogs devoted to the series. The character in question is Management & Correction Corporation (MCC), the private corporation that receives a contract from the feds to take over day-to-day operations of Litchfield prison.

Survivor’s Guilt

June 20, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Bernadette Barton
Wrapping my head and heart around the murder of 49 queer people while they were dancing in a gay bar in Orlando, beneath the familiar numb feeling accompanying another story of loss, horror, and violence, is survivor’s guilt. I feel an enormous teary affection for all us struggling to digest the consequences of so many queer lives lost in the very place that is supposed to be our haven, and by someone who, had he allowed it, might so easily have been one of us.

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