Category Archives: the state

August 9, 2011, 10:57 am

London Calling: A Reflection on British Violence And American Political Passivity

I was not shocked by the budget debacle in the United States last month: it seemed inevitable.  Nor was I surprised that the stock market subsequently collapsed like a warm ice cream cone following Standard & Poor’s taking Congress and President Obama to the woodshed.  (All right, I’m a bit concerned about my investments. But Chri$t on a Cracker, somebody had to put the hurt on our politicians in a way they could understand!)  However, I could not believe my eyes when I saw, four days ago, that Londoners had begun to riot in Tottenham following the shooting of a black man by police.  Live reports from the BBC are here, along with analysis by MPs, community activists and broadcasters who are dramatically smarter and more articulate than most of the television journalists that can be found on the 180+ cable channels that I receive courtesy of Comcast.  As of today, rioting has spread …

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March 11, 2011, 9:29 pm

“And The Envelope Please:” CLGBTH Announces Its 2010 Prizes

Breaking news from Ian Lekus, Chair of the Committee on LGBT History (affiliated with the American Historical Association):

Margot Canaday’s The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (Princeton University Press) has been awarded the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History’s 2011 John Boswell Prize. The John Boswell Prize is awarded for an outstanding book on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and/or queer history published in English during the two previous years.

The Prize Committee prepared the following commendation:  “Canaday’s stunning analysis of the U.S. state during the twentieth century carves out a bold new place for sexuality at the center of political and legal history. Through a compelling series of case studies, The Straight State tells a story about the bureaucratic regulation of sexual and civic…

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