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Minding Our Minds

Summer 2014 (16.2)

Distracted? Having problems focusing? Overwhelmed by emails, texts, and tweets? In “Minding Our Minds,” our editors and writers examine the increasingly parlous state of our minds in the face of the information age’s relentless barrage of media and messages. More than simply a psychological or neurological manifestation, our ability—or inability—to pay attention is a symptom of a larger cultural phenomenon.

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Europe in Search of Europeans

The Hedgehog ReviewSpring 2014 (16.1)

One hundred years after the outbreak of the Great War, Europe is again in crisis. The old cultural questions of Europe and Europeanness have emerged with renewed urgency: If Europe as a union is to survive, what forms of solidarity and identity might hold it together?

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Parenting in America

The Hedgehog ReviewFall 2013 (15.3)

Parenting in America has become the subject of vigorous debate among scholars, policy advocates, and parents themselves. Do parents truly want to be their children's best friends? Do parents today hesitate to use the language of “should” and “shouldn’t”? Is raising “awesome” children really all about the “awesomeness” of their parents? Our writers draw on a wide range of research to answer these and other questions about the complex business of child rearing.

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From our Recent Issues

From Summer 2014 (16.2)

Pay Attention!

“If all you ask people to do is pay attention, they will almost inevitably rebel.” Rather than simply compel attention, contends Mark Edmundson, we should cultivate absorption in ourselves and others through the pursuit of honorable vocations or activities that “intensify one’s connection with what is real with the hope of reshaping it for the better.” | Read article >>>

From Summer 2014 (16.2)

Recovering the Vernacular

Thomas Fitzgerald lobbies to recover the vernacular as language rooted in the particulars of place and culture is essential to individual and collective identities. | Read article >>>

From Summer 2013 (15.2)

Resisting Complacency, Fear, and the Philistine: The University and Its Challenges

Technology, as it is now emerging, writes Leon Botstein, is still in a very early stage. As an instrument of university learning, it is a good thing and promising. The error is for scholars and teachers to be against it, in a Luddite fashion. Let us use and integrate it. | Read article >>>

From Fall 2012 (14.3)

Dignity and the Professionalized Body: Truck Driving in the Age of Instant Gratification

Benjamin Snyder writes of his research among truck drivers and others engaged in “unskilled labor”: “My experiences with truck drivers, however, have shown me that what appears on the surface to be ‘unskilled’ labor actually relies on a professional attitude toward the body that calls on workers to cultivate highly specialized forms of corporal expertise.” | Read article >>>

From Fall 2010 (12.3)

Polarization and the Crisis of Legitimacy

“The longstanding debate about consensus and dissensus in American public life is not merely academic. The data collected, the articles and books published, the heated words exchanged amount to much more than intellectuals blowing smoke at each other. The debate matters a great deal. At stake are questions about the legitimacy of American institutions and, in particular, the institutions of democratic governance.” | Read article >>>

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Looking Beyond the New Numbers on Poverty

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Who Edits Google?

We are only now beginning to understand why the unstated norms that shape the design and use of computational algorithms need to be made more explicit--and therefore subject to critical public debate. For now, Google and Facebook don't have mastheads or editorial pages. The names of the people who make judgements about what an algorithm does are hidden. All we have is the veneer of mechanical neutrality and the invocation of an objectivity that operates beyond the human. | Read post >>>

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The Hedgehog Review wins award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals for Best Public Intellectual Special Issue 2012. Read the award-winning issue: The Roots of the Arab Spring

About The Review

The Hedgehog Review publishes insightful essays and reviews by scholars and cultural critics focused on the most important questions of our day:

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How do we live with our deepest differences?
  • What is the good life? The good community? The good world?

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The Hedgehog Review is an intellectual journal concerned with contemporary cultural change published three times per year by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

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