Tag: Far right

Two Lessons I Learned about the Transfer of Power while Living in Africa

Alma Gottlieb , January 12th, 2021

1. The moment that any transfer of power occurs from one individual or regime to another is fraught—ritually, sociologically, emotionally. Why? This is a liminal period–“betwix…

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Was ist los in Erfurt? The East German Past and the Democratic Crisis of the Present

Ned Richardson-Little , February 19th, 2020

Are the “East Germans” just bad democrats who mourn the GDR? And is the “West” completely blameless in the Erfurt debacle? Not at all — while Thüringen’s politics…

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Agnieszka Pasieka: Who is afraid of fascists? The Polish independence march and the rise of the (far?) right

Focaal Web Editor , December 12th, 2018

“Polish leaders marched with the far right” was perhaps the most common description of the massive demonstration that took place in Warsaw on National Independence Day, 11 November….


The Strange Public Afterlife of Anthropological Theory

Sindre Bangstad , March 20th, 2017

Didier Fassin, in an important recent intervention, directed our attention to the “public afterlife of ethnography.” We as anthropologists do not and cannot expect to control how anthropological theor…

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An Anthropologist at the Women’s March on Washington, Part 1: Finding Communitas, Feminist Style

Alma Gottlieb , January 23rd, 2017

(photo by Alma Gottlieb) The doors of our metro car opened and closed, opened and closed with increasingly alarming dysfunction.  On any other day, the many more dozens…

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UK should Remain in the EU to stop the global advance of the far right

Vito Laterza , June 22nd, 2016

Tomorrow the British will go to the polls to decide whether UK should stay within the European Union or not. I truly hope that the majority will vote…

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Democracy after Sanders: building a progressive alternative, beyond social media and mass rallies

Vito Laterza , May 27th, 2016

Check out my latest piece on Sanders and the US presidential race, published by openDemocracy on 26th May. Here is a short summary: “The US presidential primaries have…

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Far right Front National first party in French regional elections

Vito Laterza , December 7th, 2015

Very bad results in France’s regional elections: exit polls set xenophobic far right Front National (FN) first nationwide with over 30% of the votes; Sarkozy’s centre-right Republicans at…

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We Are All Africans

Alma Gottlieb , October 11th, 2015

An impressively interdisciplinary team of geneticists, biological anthropologists, archaeologists, and geologists has just published an article detailing the genetic makeup of a man who lived in Ethio…

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