Paul Rekret reviewed and interviewed in latest issue of the New Inquiry

Paul Rekret is interviewed in the latest issue of monthly magazine the New Inquiry about his recent book Down With Childhood. The interview and short review of the book can be found here.

More information about the book is available here.

Paul Rekret is Associate Professor in Politics at Richmond American International University. He is the author of Down with Childhood (Repeater 2017) Philosophy, Politics, Polemics: Derrida and Foucault (Rowan & Littlefield 2017) and he has published widely on contemporary cultural and political theory. He is producer and host of ‘Beholder Halfway’, a series of radio essays airing regularly on Resonance.Extra.

Mrs Nastaran Norouzi Richards-Carpenter

I wear Prada, because I want to.

Previous studies on luxury consumption indicated that women may use luxury consumption as a self-promotion strategy during within-sex competitions, as these luxuries improve their advantages against same sex rivals for mates. Many of these studies rely on costly signalling and intra-sexual competition theories, and they suggest female intra-sexual competition in a mate attraction context triggers women’s spending on luxury products. The focus of this paper is to understand the gender-related motivations, specifically for female consumers in the luxury market and to compare and contrast the new findings with the previous studies. The finding of this study demonstrates other motives in female luxury consumer behaviour rather than relationship, self-enhancement and competition.

 

EUROPEAN CENTER FOR SCIENCE
EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
ICSS XIII October 2017

Professor George Xinsheng Zhang

Professor George Zhang delivers a keynote speech

Richmond professor George Zhang gave a keynote speech titled Chinese Language Learning and Teaching in Europe and International Collaboration in Chinese Language Teaching at the recent Ninth International Conference of Asia-Pacific Consortium on Teaching Chinese as an International Language, held on 21 and 22 October in Yonsei University, Seoul. South Korea. Professor Zhang attended the conference as a representative of the European Association of Chinese Teaching (EACT), of which he is a vice president. The conference was attended by over 150 participants from many countries in Asia, and the USA and UK. Professor Zhang also signed a strategic alliance agreement on behalf of the EACT with Asia-Pacific Consortium (founded in 2009), and the American Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA, founded in 1962). Details can be assessed on EACT website.

Paul Rekret publishes chapter in new book, ‘Contending Legitimacy in World Politics’

Paul Rekret has had an essay on the concept of sovereignty included in a recently published book. Contending Legitimacy in World Politics: The State, Civil Society and the International Sphere in the Twenty-first Century, edited by Bronwyn Winter and Lucia Sorbera, problematizes the notion of legitimacy from various contextual standpoints, disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Further information about the book is found here.

Paul Rekret is Associate Professor in Politics at Richmond American International University. He is the author of Down with Childhood (Repeater 2017) Philosophy, Politics, Polemics: Derrida and Foucault (Rowan & Littlefield 2017) and he has published widely on contemporary cultural and political theory. He is producer and host of ‘Beholder Halfway’, a series of radio essays airing regularly on Resonance.Extra.

Paul Rekret discusses his new book on BBC Radio 4

Paul Rekret appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The World This Weekend‘ programme to discuss a book he has recently published on representations of childhood in popular culture.  The interview can be found around 22 minutes into the programme

About the book:

Sometimes popular music registers our concerns and anxieties more lucidly than we realize. This is evident in the case of an ideal of childhood innocence in rapid decay in recent decades.

So claims Down with Childhood, as it takes in psychedelia’s preoccupation with rebirth and inner-children, the fascination with juvenilia amidst an ebbing UK rave scene and dozens of nursery rhyme hip-hop choruses spawned by a hit Jay-Z tune.

In the process, a novel argument begins to emerge relating the often remarked crisis of childhood to changing experiences of work and play and ultimately, to an ongoing capitalist crisis that underlies them.

Further information can be found here:

About the Author:

Paul Rekret is Associate Professor in Politics at Richmond American International University. He is the author of Down with Childhood (Repeater 2017) Philosophy, Politics, Polemics: Derrida and Foucault (Rowan & Littlefield) and he has published widely on contemporary cultural and political theory as well as writing on popular culture for The Quietus and Cesura//Acceso, among others. He is producer and host of ‘Beholder Halfway’, a series of radio essays airing regularly on Resonance.Extra.

Dr Rafal Soborski

Rafal Soborski co-authors a chapter in The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism

The chapter, written by Rafal together with Chris Flood of the University of Surrey, is titled “Euroscepticism as Ideology”. It combines the theory of ideology with its application to the study of opposition to European integration. The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism, edited by Benjamin Leruth, Nicholas Startin and Simon Usherwood is a “a definitive frame of reference for academics, practitioners and those with an interest in the debate about the EU, and more broadly for students of European Studies, EU and European Politics” (Publisher’s description)