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Monthly Archives: December 2005

Disastrous Social Theory – Lessons From New Orleans

The current issue of Space and Culture is now available with links to the abstracts below.
Disastrous Social Theory—Lessons From New Orleans: Editorial Introduction by Joost Van Loon and Simon Charlesworth
“Contemporary social theory struggles to deal with disasters not just because of epistemological shortcomings regarding the continued dualistic nature of its dealings with social phenomena and [...]

Remembering Bhopal

Controversy surrounds the state proposals to turn the Union Carbide plant at Bhopal into a memorial park. Just found the excellent architexturez South Asian architecture site which also mirrors the essential lists, Deleuze-Guattari-L, Foucault-L, Heidegger-L, and Design-L

Places on the Sexual Margins?

In a case against a swingers club, the Canadian Supreme court has upheld the trend of judgements over the last decade toward a standard of harm in judgements of indecent activities. Many GLBTS groups have argued that indecency laws based on notions of ‘community standards’ are subject to abuse and create a negative atmosphere [...]

Knit graffiti

knitta: bombing the neighborhood with fresh, aerosol-free knit graff!
A Houston press article on Montrose’s craftiest taggers is getting a lot of play online as it interviews two members of the knitta crew:
“We’re taking graffiti and making it warm, fuzzy and more acceptable,” says AKrylik.
“It’s considerate to the victim,” says Poly. “If they don’t like it, [...]

Evacuating the occupied territories

TIME: The Best Photos of the Year 2005: Israeli soldiers – under orders to evacuate 25 Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories – struggle with a settler in Homesh in late August.
Evacuation of northern West Bank23 Aug 2005
“The community of Homesh was home to 70 families prior to the disengagement. IDF and Israel [...]