- December 1997 Featured piece:
The Women Warriors The recent discovery of the graves of female fighters on the Eurasian steppes has renewed the often-dubious quest for a matriarchal civilization in ancient times. Was there life before patriarchy? And if so, what happened to it?
by Lawrence Osbourne
- November 1997 Featured piece:
Spies Like Us In recent years, a number of sociologists have fessed up to the use of deception in their fieldwork. Some are repentant--others defiantly not. Is it all right to study people without telling them? Or to shade your own opinions to match those of your subjects? Tales from the world of undercover research.
by Charlotte Allen
- October 1997 Featured piece:
Pleasure Principles Leaving the academy, queer theorists have taken to the streets to defend bathhouses, promiscuity,
and anonymous sex from moralizing social forces. But can their Foucault-inspired notions of
uncontrolled desire survive outside the classroom -- in the face of community crackdowns, AIDS,
and attacks from angry gay journalists? by Caleb Crain
- September 1997 Featured piece:
The American Earthquake In 1990 Mike Davis published City of Quartz--a searing indictment of contemporary Los Angeles that combined street-smart reporting with apocalyptic bravado. But now, the man who took us down L.A.'s mean streets and blasted suburban escapism has turned his attention to the furies of nature. Will the fire next time come from the skies? by Adam Shatz
- August 1997 Featured piece:
Uprooting the Past Israel's New Historians have shaken up their country by probing the historical foundations of the Zionist enterprise--and finding a record that bears little resemblance to the stirring patriotic narratives of their youth. Their work has been subjected to harsh criticism by traditional Zionists and Palestinian scholars alike.
by Jonathan Mahler
- June/July 1997 Featured piece:
The Long Goodbye Two years after an epoch-making vote to abolish affirmative action, the University of California has been thrown into turmoil. A story of aggressive politicians, anguished administrators, and divided professors. by Pamela Burdman
- April/May 1997 Featured piece:
Pornutopia Long before Hollywood adopted Larry Flynt, a group of academic feminists began embracing pornography.
And to the dismay of MacKinnonites everywhere, their numbers are growing. But is it possible to defend porn
both for its subversive edge and for it's All-American spirit? by M.G. Lord
- March 1997 Featured piece:
Policing the Gene Machine The Human Genome Project is the largest and most important scientific undertaking around, the Manhattan Project of our time. But unlike previous scientific enterprises, it also has a watchdog on the premises¬a committee of social scientists combating the myths of genetic reductionism and the dangers of DNA-based gimmickry. Is anyone listening to their pleas? by Arthur Allen
- July/August 1996 Featured piece:
Sinister Designs,In which Pat Conroy, a man called
Batman, and a band of indignant students take on their local art college and set the city
of Savannah on its ear by Warren St. John