New Orleans a Poignant Place to Mark 10 Years of Perspectives on Politics

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Perspectives on Politics is a scholarly journal of the American Political Science Association (APSA) dedicated to nurturing “a political science public sphere.” And Post-Katrina New Orleans is both the thematic focus of the journal’s September 2012 issue and the location of its ten-year anniversary event at this year’s APSA annual meeting in New Orleans.

Perspectives on Politics. Vol. 10:3

We hope that this special issue of Perspectives on Politics will not simply mark the tenth anniversary of the journal, but will honor, and stimulate, the impulse that has fueled the journal from the beginning...

As Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey C. Isaac states in the issue’s Introduction: “We hope that this special issue of Perspectives on Politics will not simply mark the tenth anniversary of the journal, but will honor, and stimulate, the impulse that has fueled the journal from the beginning—the impulse to promote forms of political science research and writing that are at once scholarly, serious, engaging, and mindful of their place in a world clearly in need of greater understanding.”

When Hurricane Katrina raged across the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005, it took almost two thousand lives. In the weeks that followed, the world watched as the natural disaster unfolded into a human, social, and political disaster, symbolized by flooding, destruction, and the displacement of New Orleans’ entire population of over 450,000 people. Post-Katrina New Orleans encapsulates some of the most important themes in the study of politics: power and inequality, urban crisis, post-disaster reconstruction and development, and the complex intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

The September issue Perspectives on Politics features a wide range of articles, essays, symposia, and book reviews and review essays dealing with these themes. The issue includes commissioned essays by both previous editors of the journal, Jennifer Hochschild (on demographics and politics) and Jim Johnson (on photo-journalism and New Orleans); articles on political parties and the politics of non-responsiveness, the ways that corruption limits strategies of development, and privatization and post-Katrina reconstruction in New Orleans; and an essay on jazz and race in New Orleans.

A discussion on “Perspectives on New Orleans and the Politics of Reconstruction,” combined with a reception, will take place at this year’s American Political Science Association in New Orleans on Friday 31 August 2012 at 4:15 pm in the Rhythms 1 Room at the Sheraton Hotel.

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About Perspectives on Politics
Perspectives on Politics seeks to promote a political science public sphere by providing a space for broad and synthetic discussion within the political science profession and between the profession and the broader scholarly and reading publics. It is published for the American Political Science Association by Cambridge University Press.

Its tenth anniversary issue (Volume 10; Issue 03; September) includes a combined total of 79 research articles, “Reflections” essays, critical dialogues, book symposia, book reviews and review essays, discussing New Orleans and politics in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The issue includes:

  •     “A Perspective on Perspectives” by Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey C.Isaac
  •     “Responsive and Responsible Leaders: A Matter of Political Will?” by Anna Persson and Martin Sjöstedt
  •     “Disaster Inc: Privatization and Post-Katrina Rebuilding in New Orleans” by Kevin Fox Gotham
  •     “Jazz and the Boundaries of Race” by Charles B. Hersch

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About American Political Science Association
Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association (APSA) is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, the association brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics.

APSA publishes three academic journals, the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics and PS: Political Science & Politics, and is associated with over 15 additional political science journals through its organized sections and which cover a range of topics and areas within political science and related fields.

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