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Špela Drnovšek Zorko , June 3rd, 2022

any day or part day that the individual sees their child in person in the UK counts as a day on which they see their child in the…

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Extractivism en Papier: Chronotopes of Settler-Colonial Capitalism in Australia

Kirsty Howey , March 22nd, 2022

What if the greatest legacy of uranium mining is not its localized radioactive toxicity, but the seemingly mundane set of bureaucratic practices it catalysed? In this post, I…


Andrew Sanchez: Work is Complicated: Thoughts on David Graeber’s Bullshit Jobs

focaal_admin , March 4th, 2022

There’s a Committee for Committees! A few weeks ago, I received a message from a colleague. It was the sort of funny thing that one friend says to…


Michael Herzfeld: The Slyness of Stupidity: A Commentary on David Graeber’s “The Utopia of Rules”

focaal_admin , February 9th, 2022

David Graeber’s wide-ranging – and, appropriately, sometimes wildly swashbuckling – set of essays sketches his anarchist utopia by default, as a social world free of bureaucracy. Bureaucracy, he…


David Graeber LSE Tribute Seminar: Bureaucracy

focaal_admin , February 9th, 2022

Chair: Alpa Shah Discussant: Michael Herzfeld If the previous week in our series focused on the imagination, this week considers what for David Graeber was its antithesis: bureaucracy….


Thomas Bierschenk: On Graeber on bureaucracy

focaal_admin , October 19th, 2021

David Graeber was certainly one of the most cited anthropologists of the early 21st century. More than a year after his untimely death, a substantive conversation about his…


#A future history of water: Andrea Ballestero’s response

Andrea Ballestero , October 10th, 2021

When encountering the generosity of brilliant colleagues, one can only start with gratitude. Add to that a historical moment when a virus has reconfigured the languages, spaces, and…


The only lesson is that there aren’t enough jobs

Daniel Souleles , October 8th, 2021

Every so often something happens that perfectly encapsulates the consumptive death rattle that is the job market in higher education. A few weeks ago, the department of anthropology…


Mediating Mobility: Migration and Brokerage at the Borders of the State

Natasha Raheja , May 17th, 2021

Natasha Raheja (Cornell University) will present on ‘Mediating mobility: Migration and brokerage at the borders of the State’. Elizabeth Challinor (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa) will ac…


A Future History of Water: An Interview with Andrea Ballestero

colinhoag , October 13th, 2020

A Future History of Water By Andrea Ballestero, Rice University 248pp. Durham, NC: Duke University Press § Colin Hoag spoke with Prof. Andrea Ballestero about her recent book…


#Open Call: Allegra Lab / EASA LawNet webinar series in honour of Sally Engle Merry

Allegra , October 6th, 2020

This series of online, public seminars features presentations that examine the current state of legal anthropology. We welcome contributions from anthropologists working on ‘the law’ in the broad…


#Failures: Failed to belong – (Re)Negotiations of care in a Tanzanian social welfare office

Nina Haberland , September 30th, 2020

Every day, women, men, and children sit on the wonky wooden benches in front of the social welfare office, patiently waiting to present their matters to one of…


#Reviews: Dispossessed

Sophie Andreetta , May 27th, 2020

Drawing on two years of ethnographic fieldwork, Dispossessed considers the 2008 subprime crisis through the eyes of Sacramento homeowners and the daily work of bank officers tasked to…


Call for reviews: Law, technology, Bureaucracy

Allegra , February 24th, 2020

Our new Book Review Team has expanded with the arrival of Emilie Thévenoz (Thank you Emilie for joining us!), which means we are now able to publish more…


The Knot of Ecological Time: An Outlet, an Election, and an Irrigation Office

colinhoag , November 12th, 2019

By Maira Hayat, Stanford University § In 2015, local elections were held in Pakistan, ten years after the previous ones in 2005 during General Pervez Musharraf’s military rule….


Vijayanka Nair takes the page 99 test

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My dissertation is an ethnographic study of India’s Aadhaar (foundation) program, a colossal technocratic project that seeks to redefine how the Indian state (over)sees its population. Under the…

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 #Review: Rules, Paper and Status

Veronica Ferreri , September 9th, 2019

The arrival of a ‘refugee,’ ‘migrant,’ ‘asylym seeker,’ or the European ‘Other,’ is too familiar to us from political debates. The stage for this spectacle of ‘crisis’ and…


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Alexandra Frankel , April 17th, 2019

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Post-Bureaucratic Stress: Reflections on getting a police check in Vietnam

Jodie-Lee Trembath , September 26th, 2018

Bureaucracy is so deadly dull because it’s so mundane. But, as Steve Woolgar points out in his book Mundane Governance, the Latin etymology of ‘mundane’ is ‘of the…

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Bringing anthropologies of the state to Mainz: A workshop report

Konstanze N’Guessan , July 11th, 2018

With #anthrostate, allegralab seems to suggest that there is a distinct subdiscipline of anthropology that studies the contemporary state. However, following Bourdieu (1994), Navaro-Yashin (2002) or m…


Book Review: When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency by Bernardo Zacka

Rose Deller , May 15th, 2018

In When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency, Bernardo Zacka draws on eight months of fieldwork working as a receptionist in an anti-poverty agency to…

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Current Trends in the Anthropology of Bureaucracy – A Report

Chihab El Khachab , April 25th, 2018

The study of bureaucracy has become a standard prerogative of English-language anthropology in recent years. Long gone are the days when bureaucracy was considered the exclusive realm of…


Plumbing the Depths in Lahore

Alexandra Frankel , March 15th, 2018

Waste water inspections open up questions about bureaucratic processes and interactions. In the summer of 2015, the top tiers of the Punjab political and civil administration met in…

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Blue binders of white donors: sorting race out in South African IVF by Tessa Moll

Tessa Moll , February 7th, 2018

Miracle babies. The microscopic enchantments of embryos. The image of a woman holding that much-desired infant. In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is replete with awe-inducing imagery, often bordering…