LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The Proust boom/Said's bombshell/Explosive textbooks, and more
Healthy Nazis/Puzzling pictures/The priapic postmodern professor, and more
For Native American tribes, recognition from the federal government means political sovereignty, subsidized health care, and, possibly, windfall casino profits. As anthropologists at the Bureau of Indian Affairs try to decide how to allocate these benefits, critics in the academy, Congress, and in the Indian community charge them with using outdated categories and racially suspect assumptions. But is there a better way?
BY PETER BEINART
THE SEX THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME
People come in two genders, right? In fact, thousands of babies are born each year with ambiguous genitals--and without an obvious gender identity. For decades, doctors have resorted to surgery to "correct" these anomalies. Now, an intersexual rights movement with allies in the academy is forcing doctors to revise their procedures-- and challenging us to rethink our most fundamental beliefs about men and women.
BY EMILY NUSSBAUM
ATLAS OF THE DIFFICULT WORLD
Three hefty new anthologies promise to deliver the best of the world's poetry to English-language readers. But does "world poetry" faithfully reflect the diversity of languages and traditions--or is it an insidious euphemism for the imposition of Western modernist aesthetics?
BY JOHN PALATTELLA
ARE YOU A SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONIST?
You may go around telling everybody you're a social constructionist. Do you really know what you're talking about? A leading philosopher helps you find out.
BY IAN HACKING
Jim Holt pokes holes in the miracle of stigmata.
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