Friday, October 20, 2017

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STREET-LEVEL BUREAUCRATS

Bernardo Zacka, When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency (Cambridge, Massachusetts, & London, England: Belknap/Harvard U. Press, 2017) (From the book jacket: "When the State Meets the Street probes the complex moral lives of street-level bureaucrats: the frontline social and welfare workers, police officers, and educators who represent government's human face to ordinary citizens. Too often dismissed as soulless operators, these workers wield a significant margin of discretion and make decisions that profoundly affect people's lives. Combining insights from political theory with his own ethnographic fieldwork as a receptionist in an urban antipoverty agency, Bernard Zacka shows us firsthand the predicament in which these public servants are entangled.").

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

MUSLIM WOMEN ATTIRE

Elizabeth Bucar, Pious Fashion: How Muslim Women Dress (Cambridge, Massachusetts, & London, England: Harvard U. Press, 2017) ("During my summer in Iran, I realized that modest dress had a moral effect on me. It altered how I saw myself and how I interacted with others, and it influenced my expectations for how Islamic public space should be organized in terms of gender segregation. It also had an aesthetic effect on me, shaping what I expected from and admired about Muslim women's clothing. This is all to say I found surprise, pleasure, and delight in pious fashion, as well as an intellectual challenge to the neat boxes I had once put things in: modest dress as imposed on women fashion as a symptom of patriarchy, and aesthetics as separate from ethics. This book is an exploration of this delight and challenge." Id. at ix.).

LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA'S TRAGEDIES

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, The Complete Tragedies, Volume 1: Medea, The Phoenician Women, Phaedra, The Trojan Women, Octavia, translated by Shadi Bartsch, Susanna Braund, Alex Dressler, & Elaine Fantham, edited by Shadi Bartsch (Chicago & London: U. of Chicago Press, 2017).

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, The Complete Tragedies, Volume 2: Oedipus, Hercules Mad, Hercules on Oeta, Thyestes, Agamemnon, translated by Shadi Bartsch, Susanna Braund, & David Konstan, edited by Shadi Bartsch (Chicago & London: U. of Chicago Press, 2017).