International Debate

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Some Thoughts on Academic Internationalization in China

Within Communist academia, scholarship is managed top-down to a significant degree, for the benefit of part, state and society, and independent research operates in the nooks and crannies that remain. In this institutional environment, independent public speech carries a considerable risk, as does, to an extent, independent thought.

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Ethnography’s Denominator Blues

Steven Lubet set out to investigate whether ethnography’s characteristic reliance on unverified accounts may sometimes produce misinformation. He argues that In any other academic discipline, his findings would have provoked less umbrage and more reinvestigation.

9 months ago
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A Quick Primer on Critical Race Theory

The development of critical race theory by legal scholars such as Derrick Bell and Kimberle Crenshaw was largely a response to the slow legal progress and setbacks faced by African Americans from the end of the Civil War, in 1865, through the end of the civil rights era, in 1968.

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Richard Alba

Questioning the Narrative of the Majority-Minority Society

“The argument of this book,” writes Richard Alba, “is not that whites will retain a numerical majority status, although I do not rule out such a possibility, but rather that mainstream expansion, which brings about a melding involving many whites, non-whites, and Hispanics, holds out the prospect of a new kind of societal majority.”

11 months ago
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Are Big Tech Companies Bad for Innovation?

In digitized global markets, how do local governments regulate competition? Andreas Kornelakis and Pauline Hublart looked at the question in “Digital markets, competition regimes and models of capitalism: A comparative institutional analysis of European and US responses to Google,” recently published in the journal Competition & Change.

12 months ago
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The COVID-19 Mental Health Curve

The mental health crisis triggered by COVID-19 is escalating rapidly. One example: When compared to a 2018 survey, U.S. adults are now eight times […]

1 year ago
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