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Radical Harm Reduction and the Responsibility of a World by Jarrett Zigon

Jarrett Zigon , June 10th, 2022

Addiction is exceedingly moralized. Perhaps no other concept associated with the experience of addiction reveals this more than that of responsibility. Too often, addiction is understood in…


Volodymyr Artiukh: The political logic of Russia’s imperialism

Focaal Web Editor , June 9th, 2022

The debate around the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including the previous contributions in FocaalBlog, has shifted from the ‘either NATO or Russia’ dichotomy to a more nuanced exchange…


Susan Paulson: Gender-aware care in pandemic and postgrowth worlds

focaal_admin , April 26th, 2022

Coronavirus has provoked some of us to think about our worlds in new ways and to consider different horizons of change. Yet in many pandemic-related discourses and policies,…


Don Kalb: War: New Times

focaal_admin , April 21st, 2022

It is now becoming overly clear that this cruel and unjustifiable war in and on Ukraine is not going to last ten days – as the strategists in…


“A cup of coffee and a needle”: How a harm reduction café in Copenhagen quietly demonstrates an alternative to the war on drugs by Johanna Kinnock

Johanna Kinnock , April 8th, 2022

Behind the long counter of Café Dugnad, smells of spices and meat float out of industrial ovens. Light streams in through the glass doors of the smallish café,…


In the Journals March 2022, Part 1 by Livia Garofalo

Livia Garofalo , April 5th, 2022

Here’s the first part of the In the Journals for March. There’s a special issue of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry called “Special Issue on Being Human in the…


Workshop report: ‘Interrogating Speculative Futures: A workshop on the politics of imagining a future with(out) chronic illness’ by Els Roding

Els Roding , April 1st, 2022

In 1992 Nancy Munn argued anthropological research should pay more attention to people’s lived realities of time. Since then, we have seen time and temporalities grow into a…


Alexander W. Anthony: Covid in the confines of the US

focaal_admin , April 1st, 2022

Introduction There is a calendar in my office which still hangs at March 2020; an artifact of the confusion and rush to ‘lockdown’ and to find shelter from…


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…


Don Nonini: Scoring the U.S. Working Class: Expropriation and Digitalization

focaal_admin , March 28th, 2022

Introduction Working-class people in the United States are now at a turning point – whether to compliantly return to the pre-Covid conditions capital set for them, or to…


Ieva Snikersproge: Jobs or ecology? Why green growth is a pipe dream and how the pandemic could change this

focaal_admin , March 25th, 2022

My interest in the tensions between job preservation and ecological transition comes from my fieldwork among neorurals in Diois, a relatively isolated mountainous area in Southeastern France. The…


“Nothing About Us Without Us!” Really?: The Unequal Value of Lives in Harm Reduction NGOs by Catherine Larocque

Catherine Larocque , March 25th, 2022

Canada, like most capitalist societies of the global North, faces “an unprecedented and devastating wave of overdoses” and overdose deaths (Wells, 2017), intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic (Governm…


Andrew Flachs, Ankita Raturi, Juliet Norton, Valerie Miller, and Haley Thomas: Building back bigger or degrowing local food? US alternative food networks and post-corona agrarian economies

focaal_admin , March 23rd, 2022

There is a failure here that topples all our success. The fertile earth, the straight tree rows, the sturdy trunks, and the ripe fruit. And children dying of…


Sandy Smith-Nonini: Energy Crises in the Time of Covid: Precarious Fossil Infrastructures

focaal_admin , March 21st, 2022

The spectacle of Russia invading Ukraine has elevated tensions over Europe’s access to natural gas and may herald a sea-change in regional geopolitics of energy. But prior to…


Captive to smell by Cristina A. Pop

Cristina A. Pop , March 18th, 2022

The rise of Çatalhöyük is one of my favorite topics to cover in the Introduction to Anthropology course. Located in central Turkey, the proto-urban settlement was occupied for…


Writing Life No. 18: An Interview with Stefania Pandolfo by Basit Kareem Iqbal

Basit Kareem Iqbal , March 17th, 2022

The anthropologist Stefania Pandolfo approaches ethnography as not just the depiction of a world but as what addresses and displaces both the writer and the reader, where ethnography…


Criminalisation, harm reduction and responsibility in Polish drug policies by Justyna Struzik

Justyna Struzik , March 11th, 2022

In 2019, Sebastian Kaleta, a member of the Polish parliament associated with the ruling Law and Justice party, published a report denigrating Warsaw-based organisations working in the fields…


Chronic Time, Afflicted Lives by Aditya Bharadwaj

Aditya Bharadwaj , March 8th, 2022

“Mine is an illness of time.” […] “Time has no cure.” — Catarina (Joao Biehl, Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment, 2005: 107) Chronic is a…


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…


Memorializing Death in an Age of Mass Mortality: Keywords of Covid-19 by Richard C. Keller

Richard C. Keller , February 28th, 2022

How do we remember death when it constitutes our landscape? In an age of ubiquitous mortality—not only pandemic deaths, but also deaths from meteorological disasters, deaths of migrants…


Writing Life No. 17: An Interview with Stacy Leigh Pigg by Stacy Leigh Pigg

Stacy Leigh Pigg , February 24th, 2022

Image 1: The desk where Stacy writes when she is actually at a desk. Have you ever taken a walk inside your article? Can you conceive of a…


Massimiliano Mollona: Why the End of Work Will Not Be the End of Capitalism

focaal_admin , February 22nd, 2022

One of the lowest moments of my undergraduate studies in Economics back in the 1990s happened whilst reading Tom Peters’ Liberation Management (1992), where the management guru/McKinsey-associate pro…


David Graeber LSE Tribute Seminar: Bullshit Jobs

focaal_admin , February 18th, 2022

Chair: Alpa Shah Discussants: Massimiliano Mollona & Andrew Sanchez When David Graeber published his article ‘On the phenomenon of bullshit jobs’ in Strike! in 2013, he knew he st…


Introduction: Reducing Harm Responsibly? by Johannes Lenhard

Johannes Lenhard , February 11th, 2022

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2021) estimated that, worldwide, 269 million people used drugs in 2018, a 30% increase since 2009. In the same period,…