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Global health meets sugar capitalism

Cal Biruk , September 14th, 2022

After a long drive, Sheila and I arrive at the gates of a sprawling fifty-one square mile Malawian sugar plantation that belongs to Africa’s largest sugar company. An…

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Can scholar-led publishers find common cause?

Anne Brackenbury , July 18th, 2022

Image by Nick Youngson, courtesy of Picpedia.org. A couple of months ago, I was trawling Twitter looking for inspiration when I came across a notice that Libraria –…

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Mobile Humanitarians: Mobilities after Displacement

Ann-Christin Zuntz , April 18th, 2022

In this webinar series, we explore the relationship between mobility and humanitarianism in the course of four episodes. We – this is Till Mostowlansky, an anthropologist at The…

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“We don’t have to whisper”: Fieldnotes from Odesa

Adrienne Mannov , April 5th, 2022

I met Engineer Yakiv[1] on board a merchant ship I had joined just south of Sri Lanka in early 2013. I was there to study seafarers’ perceptions of…

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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]…


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…


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…


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…


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…


#failures: Living Out of Synch

Madeleine Reeves , October 2nd, 2020

In their introduction to this thematic series, and the symposium that preceded it, Berisha, Mafizzoli and Ojani invite us to reflect on what happens when breakdown becomes the…


#Reviews: Fires of Gold

Sophia Hoffinger , July 19th, 2020

As of 2019, Ghana is the country with the largest gold-mining industry in Africa, overtaking South Africa, after two South African gold mining companies shifted focus on the…


Runways to the Sky #Roadsides

Luke Heslop , March 26th, 2020

Road building in the Maldives – an archipelago of small coralline islands – sounds a bit like a euphemism for a ridiculous task. Maldivian roads present uniquely closed…


When the Silk Road Vanished #Roadsides

Hasan H. Karrar , March 24th, 2020

“I still need to cross Attabad before I reach home” – so our Shimshali travel companion commented matter-of-factly. We had just spent ten days walking along the Pakistan–Afghanistan…


Social Soils and Chimerical Metabolisms by David Boarder Giles

David Boarder Giles , March 10th, 2020

The metabolic rift “All progress in capitalist agriculture is a progress in the art, not only of robbing the worker, but of robbing the soil,” Marx (1976: 637-38)…


Beyond the sensory art of sorting fruit

The Familiar Strange , September 8th, 2019

Sorting fruit may be a sensory art, and it is possible to get entirely lost in the aesthetics of skilful hands and the physicality of localised knowledge. But…

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Our ‘Fashion Fast’: 6-week Reflections

guestanthropologist , April 24th, 2019

**We are thrilled to have completed our 6-week, 6-item ‘fashion fast’ and have raised more than £600 for the labour rights NGO, Labour Behind the Label. If you would like…

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Our ‘Fashion Fast’: Week 6

guestanthropologist , April 24th, 2019

**We are thrilled to have completed our 6-week, 6-item ‘fashion fast’ and have raised more than £600 for the labour rights NGO, Labour Behind the Label. If you would like…

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Our ‘Fashion Fast’: Week 3

guestanthropologist , March 28th, 2019

by Alfred Lewis **Read about the first and second week of our ‘fashion fast’ here and here. If you can, please donate to our efforts to raise money for the labour rights…

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Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

cultureandcapitalismblog , March 25th, 2019

Today, the 25th of March, marks the anniversary of New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which 146 garment workers lost their lives. The fire occurred in 1911,…

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The Story of our Fashion Fast!

cultureandcapitalismblog , March 12th, 2019

by Rebecca Prentice, Hannah Amey, Maeve Devers, Rifka Fehr, Olive Howland Milne, Alfred Lewis, Phoebe Marsh, Joana Pereira and Amelia Yates As eight first-year anthropology students and one lecturer a…

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Work injury compensation still missing in Bangladesh’s labour standards

rebeccaprentice , November 26th, 2018

by Rebecca Prentice **Republished from The Conversation.** In the five years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building in Bangladesh – in which more than 1,134…

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Freedom, Probation, and The American Dream: Some Thoughts from a New Mexican Factory Floor

guestanthropologist , October 22nd, 2018

by Jonny Craig In his 2016 release, Interstate: Hitchhiking through the State of a Nation, travel-writer Julian Sarayer chronicles his unorthodox and remarkable journey from New York to…

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