This looks interesting: A Crisis of Short Attention Spans, 250 Years Ago By Natalie M. Phillips | January 01, 2017 When most people think of distraction, they think of flooded inboxes, cellphone beeps, Twitter feeds. An ever-present and unavoidable consequence of our fast-paced contemporary world, distraction is cast as a — if not the — mental state of modernity. Whatever came before — childhood, our parents’ generation, the Enlightenment — must have been, it seems, a more attentive age. Yet […]
I was delighted to read that Duncan McCargo has received a prestigious Asia Society award – with a nice cash sum attached – for his book Tearing the Land Apart: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell University Press, 2008). Duncan’s a colleague in the School of Politics and International Studies at Leeds; his approach to the sort of field work he did for the book was cited in, among other places, David Kilcullen’ The Accidental Guerrilla, as a model […]
I’ve been commissioned to write a review essay for Transitions Online, built around Peter Andreas’ Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo (Cornell University Press, 2008). Just received my review copy from Cornell University Press. I’ve been looking forward to reading the book for a while, ever since the author’s research article on “The Clandestine Political Economy of War and Peace in Bosnia” appeared in the winter 2004 issue of International Studies Quarterly.