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The Body in Question

Summer 2015 (17.2)

Our bodies, ourselves? In one sense, of course. But the things we now do to our bodies and the ways we attempt to perfect or transcend them suggest new, if not fully articulated, conceptions of the human person and the ends and purposes of human existence.

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Too Much Information

The Hedgehog ReviewSpring 2015 (17.1)

The benefits of an ever-more networked environment are powerful: connectedness, efficiency, and instant access to information. But we may be losing more than our privacy in the digitized info-sphere, including the autonomy and creativity we think it enables.

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Thinking About the Poor

The Hedgehog ReviewFall 2014 (16.3)

What is life like inside the social safety net? How does it feel to fall from the middle class into poverty? Are the poor becoming increasingly invisible to the rest of society? In a year marking the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the War on Poverty, we devote our fall issue to how we think about the poor.

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From our Recent Issues

From Fall 2014 (16.3)

Poverty and Paradox

“Today, the paradox of poverty research finds its starkest expression in the sense of disconnect between all we are learning and documenting about four decades’ worth of widening inequality and economic insecurity and the renewed fascination with understanding poverty as a special affliction.” | Read article >>>

From Spring 2015 (17.1)

A Politics Without Politics: The Iconoclastic Turn in American Public Life

“Neoliberalism and its kin have been the subject of numerous analyses, ranging from those looking at the breakdown of the postwar liberal international system, to those concerned with the withering of the welfare state and social democracies, to those addressing the dissolution of established cultures and traditional social institutions, and even to those reflecting on the evaporation of the notion of “history’ itself.” | Read article >>>

From Summer 2014 (16.2)

Signifiers: Issues

“What on earth has happened to the word ‘issues,’ that lowly, dutiful, and colorless bureaucrat of a noun?” | Read article >>>

From Fall 2014 (16.3)


“Like a lot of other people, I started life comfortably middle-class, maybe upper-middle class; now, like a lot of other people walking the streets of America today, I am poor. To put it directly, I have no money.” | Read article >>>

From Spring 2015 (17.1)

The Rise of the Cryptopticon: A Bibliographic and Filmographic Guide

“Those who write about privacy and surveillance often invoke the Panopticon to argue that the great harm of mass surveillance is social control. Yet the Panopticon does not suffice to describe our current predicament. [M]ass surveillance does not necessarily inhibit behavior: People will act as they wish regardless of the number of cameras pointed at them.” | Read article >>>

From Fall 2014 (16.3)

One Nation Under Fear

“How did a people who settled a continent, created enormous wealth, and fought and (mostly) won war after war devolve into a nation of such tremulous souls?” | Read article >>>

From Summer 2014 (16.2)

Governing the Ambient Commons

“While the information ethics of the early web era focused largely on the acts of individual users and the automatic agents they released, today it just as often involves notions of commons and threats of enclosure.” | Read article >>>


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If you listen to the machine telling you how to get out of it you only get sucked into it more, like a con artist that lulls you into trust by telling you he is conning you. The promised liberation from technology is usually just another technology that you don’t recognize as such. This is one reason why a fuller appreciation of our diverse techniques is so vital. | Read post >>>

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