I’d like to kick off with some pretty light reading that’ll kick that sludgey summer brain into action. We might be able to discuss at our first get-together sometime in the week of Feb 18th (will post a Facebook event). Without further ado:
- ‘Why oh why, Gen Y, are you so nauseatingly conservative?’ – opinion piece lamenting the apathy and conservatism of our generation. What about contemporary society makes us this lazy – are we too comfortable and affluent, too many other distractions, or are more insidious forces at work?
Approx reading time: <10 mins
- ‘If Star Wars was written by environmentalists…‘ – an entertaining 5 minute YouTube short pointing out how tactics used by the environmental movement is becoming ineffectual. Worth reading are the two responses to the video. How can we develop relevant, new forms of political expression and resistance to engage contemporary society?
Approx reading + watching time: <10 mins
For the Daring
- Robert W. Cox, ‘Social Forces, States and World Orders: Beyond International Relations Theory’ in Millennium Issue 10, vol 2, 1981 [recommended by Amelia; searchable through the library website] – very lengthy, fairly rambling piece on how different theories in international relations approach analysing systems. What might be of interest is the section from p.131 (about halfway: “the generalised form of the framework for action postulated…”) to p.135 (until the section “Frameworks for Action”), particularly the bit about critical theory. Might be relevant in thinking about how we might like to locate our forms of political expression, dissent etc. within a wider political/cultural/socioeconomic context. E.g., can we ever truly subvert capitalist discourses? etc.
Approx reading time: >30 mins