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Denys Gorbach: Ukrainian identity map in wartime: Thesis-antithesis-synthesis?

Focaal Web Editor , June 13th, 2022

The cultural and linguistic heterogeneity of Ukraine is a well-known fact, used and abused in explanations of the ongoing war. Having taken root in the early modern period…


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…


Abram Lutes: Anatomy of an Autogolpe: On the consolidation of Nayib Bukele’s power in El Salvador

focaal_admin , May 26th, 2021

For the first time since El Salvador’s mid-20th century military dictatorship, a single political party dominates both the legislative and executive branches of the government, and by all…


How does/did Modi do it? The significance of ‘decisionism’

John Harriss , May 12th, 2021

An introductory note: In the short space of time that has elapsed since I first drafted this essay – in the last week of March 2021 – and…


When Brazil’s Voters Became Followers

Chelsea Horton , September 14th, 2020

Politics on social media may be exciting and even fun. But is it good for democracy? Jair Bolsonaro’s sweeping victory in the 2018 Brazilian elections took many people…

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Imagining the #PostCoronaUniversity in Brazil

Claiton da Silva , June 29th, 2020

Frequently, we Brazilian scholars have received concerned questions from foreign colleagues asking what the h… is happening in Brazil. In fact, the situation in the country since June…


Brexitannia: The Faces and Voices of Brexit

Maximilian C. Forte , May 24th, 2019

First shown at London’s East End Festival in June of 2017, Brexitannia was the very first documentary about Brexit. It is a striking and deeply pensive film, in…


Brexit, the Uncivil War: Watering Myths with the Teardrops of the Ruling Class

Maximilian C. Forte , May 21st, 2019

What have been billed as momentous EU Parliament elections are taking place this week (May 23–26), and it seemed like the right time to review some Brexit films—one…


Flávio Eiró: On Bolsonaro: Brazilian democracy at risk

Focaal Web Editor , November 8th, 2018

Picture a street handcraft market in a touristic village called Porto de Galinhas in Pernambuco, Northeast Region of Brazil. A few days before the second round of the…


What can Italians expect from the new populist government?

Vito Laterza , May 24th, 2018

Italy’s prospective PM, Giuseppe Conte, is a 54-year-old university professor with little political experience [Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters] I was interviewed by South African public radio SAfm th…

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Progress, Progressivism, and Progressives

Maximilian C. Forte , March 1st, 2018

Where does “progress” come from? What does “progressivism” mean? Which cultural tradition and ideological discourse makes “progressive” movements or parties thinkable? Why is it always important to be…


Populism and the Conundrums of Democracy in Italy

Sinan Celiksu , February 28th, 2018

There is one pattern that characterizes post-Cold War Italy: new political figures emerge, espousing an anti-establishment rhetoric, but end up bringing the people more of the same. Whether…

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Book Review: The Neopopular Bubble: Speculating on ‘the People’ in Late Modern Democracy by Péter Csigó

Rose Deller , February 7th, 2018

In The Neopopular Bubble: Speculating on ‘the People’ in Late Modern Democracy, Péter Csigó argues that the financial crisis of 2008 has prompted the development of novel forms of sense-ma…

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Book Review: Talking Donald Trump: A Sociolinguistic Study of Style, Metadiscourse and Political Identity by Jennifer Sclafani

Rose Deller , January 8th, 2018

In Talking Donald Trump: A Sociolinguistic Study of Style, Metadiscourse and Political Identity, Jennifer Sclafani offers a sociocultural linguistic analysis of the language utilised by Donald Trump d…

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Populism, Nationalism, Globalization, and Imperialism: A Thick Review of 2017

Maximilian C. Forte , December 28th, 2017

In memory of Edward S. Herman b. April 7, 1926, d. November 11, 2017 An inspiration that lives on, may he rest in eternal peace. From provoking potential…


Our Most-Read Articles of 2017!

Alexandra Frankel , December 22nd, 2017

We rounded up the most-read articles of 2017. Here’s the top five from In Focus, Opinion, and Section News! Most-Read In Focus Articles 5. “The Future of Education is…

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Trump’s Wall and the Dictator Aesthetic

Margaret Dorsey , August 4th, 2017

Well, look, we’re going to have a border. It’s going to be a real border, and we’re going to build a wall and it’s going to be a…

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Whose Populism? Which Democracy?

Alexandra Frankel , May 18th, 2017

“Populism” conflates widely disparate political projects under one conceptual category. The term demands closer anthropological analysis. “The new enemy.” In a recent column in El País, the Peruvian…

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When White Nationalism Became Popular

Alexandra Frankel , May 18th, 2017

What rising white nationalism says about race in the 21st century US. On November 12th, 2016 TheDailyStormer.com, a neo-Nazi website with a monthly viewership over two million, lead…

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Of Populists and Mutants

Alexandra Frankel , May 8th, 2017

Venezuela’s public murals depict ongoing relations between “the people” and Chávez. In the days following Donald Trump’s inauguration, a number of Latin American commentators rushed to establish para…

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Research in Pain

Alexandra Frankel , May 8th, 2017

“Research in Pain” 1/4 “Research in Pain” 2/4 “Research in Pain” 3/4 “Research in Pain” 4/4 Sally Campbell Galman is an artist, associate professor of c…

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All Populisms Are Not Created Equal

Alexandra Frankel , May 8th, 2017

Venezuelans chose between two competing populist projects with starkly different visions of inequality and privilege. Hugo Chávez is back. A seemingly endless stream of commentators insists that the…

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