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Global shipping

john hutnyk , June 21st, 2022

sometimes these maps are so pro-capital its embarrassing. This one is of course, but its also informative. Here are the paths of need and greed, crime and time…


Perimeter Protection: The Resiliency of Plantation Infrastructures in the South Carolina Lowcountry

colinhoag , May 19th, 2022

Editorial Note: This post is part of our series highlighting the work of the Anthropology and Environment Society’s 2021 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Finalists. We asked them to outline the…


Profit over people? The ‘big business’ of tough immigration laws.

Renata Segal , April 22nd, 2022

By Renata Carvalho As the new Nationality and Borders Bill sparks yet another wave of debates over the United Kingdom’s immigration tactics, it is important to ask: who…

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A Trinket, a Trifle, and a Novel New Disciple: Fandoms and Consecrated Commodities

The Familiar Strange , April 10th, 2022

Religious commodification is an arena that has gained increasing interest among social scientists, especially where religious symbols and artefacts are being appropriated by both adherents and non-adh…

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Andrew Orta: The MBA won’t die. But it is trying to disappear

focaal_admin , March 30th, 2022

Responding to a question about future of the MBA (Master of Business Administration) in the wake of the pandemic, the Dean of a top program recently suggested that…


Love Scams

john hutnyk , March 23rd, 2022

My (online) bank sent me the following five-pointed warning message about people online wanting to scam money from me, but there is something suspicious about this because each…


Beth Povinelli on her book, The Inheritance

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Interview by Randeep Hothi https://www.dukeupress.edu/the-inheritance Randeep Hothi: The Inheritance is about many things — inter alia, your family’s migration to the US, your two parents a…

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On Bernard Stiegler’s Marx-ish Work

john hutnyk , March 13th, 2022

Nice guy as Bernard was, a little self absorbed should never be held against anyone who had to grow up in France, no? But many loved him, and…


Gavin Smith: ­­­Toward a non-theory of the reproduction of labour

focaal_admin , March 9th, 2022

Matan Kaminer’s reflections on the workshop, “Rethinking surplus populations” is full of interesting insights and challenging puzzles. As he says, “operationalizing this concept [surplus populations]…


Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (Book Review)

guestanthropologist , March 2nd, 2022

by Ellie Plumb In Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, Seth M. Holmes seeks to uncover the synergistic effects that citizenship, race, ethnicity, and…

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Environment, Labour and Capitalism at Sea (Book Review)

guestanthropologist , February 1st, 2022

by Connie Scott “Fish simply appear in supermarkets” (p.209), writes Penny McCall Howard. Most consumers have little or no awareness of where their fish comes from, or of…

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Matan Kaminer: Marxist anthropology in a world of surplus population: Reflections on a Frontlines of Value workshop

focaal_admin , January 26th, 2022

I was recently privileged to participate in a workshop about the Marxian concept of the “surplus population,” convoked by Stephen Campbell, Thomas Cowan, and Don Kalb as part…


Time, History, Politics, Art, Revolt – not being crushed to bits. This is a MUST SEE – of all things going on in the Integrated hyperventalated Spectacle this year, why, its Tom Buyard, a rare treat that will be worth doing the prep reading for and tuning in ready to roll.

john hutnyk , January 26th, 2022

Seriously do not miss this. Some call him Mr Modest, to others he is The Tattooist (with a nod to Raymond Redington’s Black List) but Tom Bunyards’s Spectacle/S.I….



john hutnyk , January 10th, 2022

Sir Fancis Drake – whose lucre profits helped Queen Elizabeth get out of debt and invest in the Levant and then the East India Company, from which in…


Cleaver: concluding thoughts

john hutnyk , January 8th, 2022

Cleaver leaves with a final bit about education in his conclusion that also seems sensible (if still US-o-centric) : ‘We have many potential allies among our schoolmates or…


Predator journals target ISSH2021 – be warned.

john hutnyk , January 4th, 2022

So, a process warning to those not used to getting chatty friendly emails from parasite journals that will charge you to publish. The ISSH2021 conference gets hit by…


Opium and Political Economy in Bengal

john hutnyk , January 4th, 2022

On why I think Marx’s writing style is misrepresented by the all-too-dour and serious commentators on Capital – you know, the famous ones published by big presses or…


For those about to be assessed, Harry Cleaver helps cut throught he must…

john hutnyk , January 4th, 2022

To those doing assignments, be it single or collective projects, here’s a reminder to resist the stress and do it for your own reasons. This is another condensed…


Rafael Wainer: COVID-19: Complicity, complacency, and connections

focaal_admin , November 22nd, 2021

Image 1: Social distancing signs. Photo by ©Acabashi CC-BY-SA 4.0 To understand the massive world-disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic we need a sociology of complicity. Since the different…


Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies

john hutnyk , November 11th, 2021

a book from 2004 – people didn’t get the title that much, but Derrida, Bataille (the best bit is on Bataille – reclaimed for the left). From books4you….


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…


Aurora Donzelli on her book, Method of Desire

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interview by Setrag Manoukian https://uhpress.hawaii.edu/title/methods-of-desire-language-morality-and-affect-in-neoliberal-indonesia/ Setrag Manoukian: It is reductive to assign a narrow t…

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Dimitris Dalakoglou, Georgos Poulimenakos: The Past is on Fire: Wildfires, (Un)imagined Communities and the Shift to the Tourism of the 1%

focaal_admin , September 30th, 2021

In Greece, during the summer of 2021, we saw again a proliferation of wildfires that went on for days, like in 2020. While the climate change argument makes…


Digital Psychedelia: Hidden Experience and the Challenge of Paranoia by Tehseen Noorani

Tehseen Noorani , September 16th, 2021

Introduction Over the past 15 years, several groups of researchers have sought to use clinical trials to reintroduce psychedelics to mainstream society, reporting impressive efficacy from trials a…