Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Human Rights as an Ideology? Obstacles and Benefits

[Behind paywall] Sociology has an important part to play in understanding human rights. In this article, I trace obstacles within sociology to theoretically conceptualize human rights as an ideology. These … Continue reading

Thursday, 20 September 2018 · Leave a comment

Central Banks, Technocratic Power, and the Fear of Democracy — Economic Sociology and Political Economy

Jacqueline Best has an interesting new article that starts with catchy and provocative analogy and then presents thought-provoking discussion and arguments: “What do border guards and central bankers have in … Continue reading

Thursday, 13 September 2018 · Leave a comment

Defending Politically Vulnerable Organizations Online

A new report published by the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) details how media outlets, human rights groups, NGOs, and other politically vulnerable organizations face significant cybersecurity threats—often at the … Continue reading

Saturday, 28 July 2018 · Leave a comment

What Can ‘Disruptive Urban Technologies’ Tell Us about Power, Visibility and the Right to the City?

If urban scholars are to go beyond an approach that addresses the creation of the technological city as a slash-and-burn approach, aiming to radically reorder the social in the mode … Continue reading

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 · Leave a comment

The End of Public Space (Redux?)

Originally posted on urbanculturalstudies:
Don Mitchell (1995, 2016) has debated the nature public space, and why under late capitalism, public space has a tendency to both ‘end’ and be produced…

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 · Leave a comment

Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count

In February 2018, Slum Dwellers International (SDI) launched a landmark publication titled “Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count,” showcasing the extraordinary contribution of the Know Your City (KYC) campaign to … Continue reading

Thursday, 26 April 2018 · Leave a comment

Tourism and Degrowth: Impossibility Theorem or Path to Post-Capitalism?

Originally posted on ENTITLE blog – a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology:
by Robert Fletcher, Asunción Blanco-Romero, Macià Blázquez-Salom and Ivan Murray “Touristification” of cities is increasingly met by discontent of local…

Friday, 9 March 2018 · Leave a comment

Assessing Austerity: Monitoring the human rights impacts of fiscal consolidation

In the decade since the 2008 global economic crisis, fiscal austerity has become the new normal. In the name of fiscal discipline, governments in more than two-thirds of countries throughout … Continue reading

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 · Leave a comment

Living on the Wrong Side of the Redline

Originally posted on The Disorder Of Things:
On Valentine’s day 2018, Admiral Harry Harris revealed that an evacuation plan for Non-essential personnel and military dependents was being developed for South…

Friday, 2 March 2018 · Leave a comment