On the significance of Walter White’s shaved head

… and other forms of racial capitalism in Breaking Bad, by Drug Wars author Curtis Marez writing for Critical Inquiry. In preparation for his showdown with Tuco and his posse, Walter shaves his head, making him resemble the Latino gangsters he confronts . . . For the remainder of the series Walter’s shaved head, combined … More On the significance of Walter White’s shaved head

Space, identity, and Turkish Berlin

Photograph by the author. BY ANNIKA HINZEAssistant professor of political science at Fordham University Identity is an incredibly complex concept. Each and every one of us is shaped by a myriad of different identities—individual and personal identities, such as the sports and foods that we like, and group identities, which can be related to different … More Space, identity, and Turkish Berlin

What do Indians want? An excerpt from Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian.

An excerpt from The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King. ——- What remains distressing is that much of what passes for public and political discourse on the future of Native people is a discourse of anger, anger that Native people are still here and still a “problem” for White North America, anger that we have something … More What do Indians want? An excerpt from Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian.

A letter to my daughter on her 10th birthday.

Kate Hopper teaches writing online and at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Her just-published memoir Ready for Air: A Journey through Premature Motherhood discusses her poignant journey before and after the early delivery of her firstborn, Stella, who turns 10 today. Dear Stella, I know I’ve been talking a lot lately about how grown-up … More A letter to my daughter on her 10th birthday.

Listening to students—especially the most marginalized.

BY GILDA L. OCHOAProfessor of sociology and Chicana/o–Latina/o studies, Pomona College Twenty years after I graduated from high school, I returned to a Southern California school as a researcher. On campus, the brick buildings, school bells, lunches, and overall rhythm of the day were familiar. So was the clustering of different students across campus, and … More Listening to students—especially the most marginalized.

Nationalist Heterosexuality and Migrants’ (Il)Legal Status

The Irish asylum process in the early years of the millennium. By Eithne LuibhéidAssociate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona At the turn of the millennium, how did the general public come to believe that pregnancy might provide a visible sign that a woman was an undocumented migrant? And how … More Nationalist Heterosexuality and Migrants’ (Il)Legal Status