Two New Publications

Two articles of mine have come out in the past few days. 

First, in The Brooklyn Rail, I have an article that reflects on Eugene Genovese after his death by thinking through some of the changes in the historiography of slavery since he revolutionized the field beginning in the mid-1960s. I was moved to contribute to the conversation on Genovese by a remembrance of him by Steven Hahn and by a series of fascinating remembrances/memoirs by James Livingston (first and seventh[!]). The thoughts that evolved into this article began in a graduate seminar, were nurtured while preparing for and writing a comprehensive exam, and began to take this form during early Occupy Wall Street protests (which coincided with the comprehensive exam!). I still have more to say on the issue, as I had really, really hoped to find a way to squeeze this quotation from the first (German) edition of Capital Vol. 1

It is as if alongside and external to lions, tigers, rabbits, and all other actual animals, which form when grouped together the various kinds, species, subspecies, families etc. of the animal kingdom, there existed also in addition the animal, the individual incarnation of the entire animal kingdom. 

That is how Marx explains the peculiar real abstraction that is money. It's Marx at his most poetic. And it has a lot to do with what I have to say about slavery studies today. But I'll save it all for another article someday, I suppose. 

Here is the article: "Reading Eugene Genovese in the Age of Occupy."


 

Second, I have an article in an online edited volume on Occupy Wall Street. This volume is the product of my home department, Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU. Previously, folks in the department have collaborated on such volumes as The University Against ItselfZero Tolerance, and Anti-Americanism. This one, Is This What Democracy Looks Like?, is the first online-only publication from the department. Under the auspices of the peer-reviewed journal Social Text, this publication appears as one of its "Periscope" features. The editors are Cristina Beltrán, A.J. Bauer, Rana Jaleel, and Andrew Ross. Twelve essays, plus an introduction, are included. I am really proud to be a part of this publication, alongside good friends and comrades, whose contributions are stellar. After the initial wave of publications on OWS by scholars-participants (one of which folks from my department also helped to produce), this publication begins what might be considered the second wave of analysis.

My article focuses on the policing of Occupy protests. Unlike the many pieces detailing and decrying the militarized tactics used against protesters (which certainly need decrying), my focus in this article is on the explanations that suffused the discourse of protesters, as well as movement sympathizers, for the brutality of the police. I compare professional police publications to movement discourse in order to consider the effects of the current age of austerity on policing, and what austerity itself, and the position of the police it produces, tells us about the capitalist state in the present. 

Here is the article: "Policing Political Protest: Paradoxes of the Age of Austerity."

(And, as a reminder, here is my first publication on OWS, coauthored with David Wachsmuth.)

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