Against the Grain

Against the Grain – August 24, 2004

Left Behind? Neoliberalism has accomplished a shocking upward redistribution of wealth. Lisa Duggan contends that the right, much more than the left, has successfully connected its economic goals with cultural and identity-based politics. If progressives and radicals don’t respond in kind, she argues, a vibrant and truly expansive left will be impossible to construct.


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – August 18, 2004

Transnational Feminism. Globalization, nationalism, migration, political conflict: all have often unrecognized impacts on the gendered and sexual lives of people worldwide. Gaining insight into these matters, as well as the ways in which marginalized communities develop independently of US-focused narratives, is one of the projects of transnational feminism. Paola Bacchetta and Jyoti Puri organized a … Continued


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – August 17, 2004

Cold War, Chess War. It was about chess — and so much more. Cold War politics, iconoclastic beliefs, negotiating brinksmanship, fiery tempers: all of this permeated the 1972 world championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in Iceland. David Edmonds and John Eidinow have written an investigative account of the turbulent showdown in Reykjavik.


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – August 16, 2004

Subverting the Dominant Paradigm? The ideas of postmodernism and poststructuralism, which have held sway over contemporary left theory for the last three decades, are simultaneously fashionable and controversial. Has postmodernism’s ideological dominance advanced the cause of left political action or — as Gramscian theorist John Sanbonmatsu argues — impeded it?


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