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Khin Thazin and Stephen Campbell: How the Myanmar coup has impacted migrant workers abroad

Focaal Web Editor , June 7th, 2022

The February 2021 military coup in Myanmar put an end to the country’s ten-year period of quasi-civilian electoral rule—the so-called democratic transition, as it was optimistically called. Since…


Markus Virgil Hoehne: Perpetuating conflict through democratization: Presidential elections in Somalia

focaal_admin , May 13th, 2022

Presidential elections will happen in Somalia on Sunday, 15 May 2022. This will most likely not bring peace and stability to the war-torn Somali society. To the contrary,…


Elizabeth Cullen Dunn: When Western Anti-Imperialism Supports Imperialism

focaal_admin , March 3rd, 2022

The invasion of Ukraine has been a shock not just to Eastern Europe, but to the post World War II international order.  While the fundamental tenets of postwar…


Don Kalb: “Fuck Off” versus “Humiliation”: The Perverse Logic towards War in Europe’s East

focaal_admin , March 1st, 2022

Image 1: Czar Vladimir, by BakeNecko. I like the tone and the global historical perspective of David Harvey’s FocaalBlog article. Harvey’s socialist internationalism versus competitive nation-…


Derek Hall: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: A Response to David Harvey

focaal_admin , February 28th, 2022

David Harvey’s February 25 FocaalBlog post is presented as “An Interim Report” on  “Recent Events in the Ukraine”. Harvey’s essay effectively covers some of the core forces that…


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….


David Graeber LSE Tribute Seminar: Anarchist Anthropology

focaal_admin , January 10th, 2022

Chair: Alpa Shah Discussants: Keir Martin & Ayça Çubukçu Much to his frustration, David was often labelled ‘the anarchist anthropologist’. Aware of the way the term ‘anarchist’ was…


Chris Knight: Wrong About (Almost) Everything

focaal_admin , December 22nd, 2021

A review article on The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, by David Graeber and David Wengrow. Allen Lane, 2021. The Dawn of Everything’s central idea…


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…


Steven Sampson: Cabal Anthropology – or whether the anthropology of belief helps us understand conspiracism

focaal_admin , September 13th, 2021

QAnon, Deep State, pedophile plots, George Soros, stolen elections, 9/11 truthers, Obama birthers, 5G penetration, the anti-maskers, the anti-vaxxers… We slow-working, ever so reflective anthropologi…


Jaime A Alves: F*ck the Police! Murderous cops, the myth of police fragility and the case for an insurgent anthropology

focaal_admin , April 27th, 2021

‘Blue lives matter,’ says the mantra of police fragility. The mythology about defenseless officers being hunted and killed by criminals is indeed a powerful one, mobilized by right-wing…


Dragan Djunda: Transition to nowhere: Small hydro, little electricity, and large profits in Serbia

focaal_admin , April 9th, 2021

When you enter the House of culture in Dojkinci, a small village on Stara Mountain, you are instantly amazed by its floor. The freshly painted red, green, and…


Aliki Angelidou: “It is not the police that enters the universities, but democracy”: Greek universities as spearhead of an authoritarian turn

focaal_admin , March 18th, 2021

On February 22nd police forces entered the campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, heavily beating many students, arresting 31 of them, and teargasing all those present, including…


Juzimu: Jack Ma: Wherever the Wind Blows

focaal_admin , March 8th, 2021

One day last October, I happened to spot an acquaintance’s post on Wechat. It was a simple message thanking all ‘Ant-izens’ (people who work in Ant Financial of…


Bruce Kapferer and Roland Kapferer: The Trump Saga and America’s Uncivil War: New Totalitarian Authoritarian Possibilities

focaal_admin , March 2nd, 2021

Times are a Changing. The Trump phenomenon as a whole, his election, his presidency, the events of the Capitol, Joe Biden’s accession and Donald Trump’s impeachment are moments…


Ida Susser: Covid, police brutality and race: are ongoing French mobilizations breaking through the class boundaries?

focaal_admin , December 3rd, 2020

On May 31, 2020, the US exploded in protest to address the super-exploitation of racism, which has uniquely scarred its history. This was followed by international demonstrations, including…


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…


Anthropology of Wage Theft in Colorado

Walter Little , May 22nd, 2020

The theft of immigrant workers’ wages is a growing problem in the United States. In March 2018, University of Denver law student Katie Brown won $15,000 in County…

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On being voices of prudence in times of a pandemic – #Corona

Judith Beyer , March 23rd, 2020

Many academic disciplines have a lot to say these days about COVID-19. There are the medical experts, of course, epidemiologists, virologists, microbiologists, weighing in on the validity of…


Review: ‘A Socialist Peace? Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country’ by Mike McGovern

Rishav Kumar Thankur , February 19th, 2020

In A Socialist Peace? Mike McGovern aims to explain why there was no civil war in Guinea at a time when many expected otherwise. Narrowing down on a particular time-period…


Top Articles of 2018

Alexandra Frankel , December 17th, 2018

As the year winds down, Anthropology News rounds up our most popular articles of 2018. From critical reflections on the discipline and experiences of it, to grappling with…

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APLA Book Prize Announcement

foodanthro , February 20th, 2017

From our colleagues at the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, a book prize competition that may be of interest to SAFN members and other readers of this…


Society Must Be Defended: Join us for a Read-In on 20 January 2017

Carole McGranahan , January 12th, 2017

By: Paige West and JC Salyer   In the wake of the 2016 US presidential election scholars across the country and internationally have worked to understand the drivers…

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