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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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Morumbi and Paraisópolis: A Four-Act Play

Feng Xinqi , March 21st, 2022

Dramatis Personae Heitor: a 13-year-old boy Mr. Gomes, his father: a waste handler, working at a garbage dump Ms. Gomes, his mother: a dry cleaner, working from home…

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Call for Reviews: Life at the edges in a changing world

Allegra , March 16th, 2022

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started more than two years ago, time has been put on hold and precarity has become an even more common feature of life globally….

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On the use and abuse of networks in academia

Allegra , February 23rd, 2022

Like most anthropologists, we have been watching events unfold at Harvard University’s anthropology department over the past weeks: accusations of abuse; letters in support of the man accused…

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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…


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…


Adam Brisley: Ethics and the Anthropological Worker

focaal_admin , March 24th, 2021

Contemporary anthropological praxis sits at the intersection of two ethical traditions. Many anthropologists are equipped with both a sophisticated understanding of the ethics and politics of rep…


Boob Boxes: Post-Mastectomy Prosthetics and the Artifice of Breast Cancer

The Familiar Strange , March 14th, 2021

I chose to go flat. But I almost wasn’t allowed to. This is largely due to the unacknowledged psychological tension that underlies deeply gendered illnesses: that it is…

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Prem Kumar Rajaram: The Moral Economy of Precarity

focaal_admin , February 9th, 2021

The authors of The Anthropological Career in Europe (Fotta, Ivancheva and Pernes 2020) have made visible the inequality and hierarchy that has become increasingly normalized in higher education…


Ela Drążkiewicz: Blinded by the Light: International Precariat in Academia

focaal_admin , February 5th, 2021

I was reluctant to contribute to this blog series. The recently published EASA report (Fotta, Ivancheva and Pernes 2020) draws attention to precarious labour in anthropology. However, in…


Susana Narotzky: A History of Precariousness in Spain

focaal_admin , January 29th, 2021

The EASA report on The Anthropological Career in Europe (Fotta, Ivancheva and Pernes 2020) is an important initiative that offers quantitative evidence about a situation which all of…


Giacomo Loperfido: On Excellence, Precarity, and The Uses of Public Money

focaal_admin , January 29th, 2021

Covid19 is producing a crisis – both sanitary and economic – of global structural proportions, threatening the very existence of society as we know it. All precarious segments…


Natalia Buier: What sample, whose voice, which Europe?

focaal_admin , January 27th, 2021

The EASA membership survey and the associated ‘precarity’ report (Fotta, Ivancheva and Pernes 2020) are an important and timely contribution. Surely these are findings we must build on…


Don Kalb: Anthropological Lives Matter, Except They Don’t

focaal_admin , January 27th, 2021

The PrecAnthro Collective within EASA has shown staying power and bite. That is what the EASA precarity survey demonstrates (Fotta, Ivancheva and Pernes 2020). Mariya Ivancheva has turned…


Health for all? Access to healthcare among precarious populations in Norway by Vilde Fastvold Thorbjørnsen

Vilde Fastvold Thorbjørnsen , June 8th, 2020

Promotional materials from the global campaign to achieve Universal Health Coverage by the year 2030. Copyright UHC2030 – reproduced here under ‘fair use’ for academic purposes. “Health for…


How are Foreign Domestic Workers Implicated in the Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong?

Charlotte Brill , April 13th, 2020

by Charlotte Brill ‘’My eyes were very painful’’, said an Indonesian migrant worker who was caught in a cloud of tear gas on her day off. This tear…

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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…


Mariya Ivancheva: The casualization, digitalization, and outsourcing of academic labour: a wake-up call for trade unions

Focaal Admin , March 20th, 2020

Mariya Ivancheva, University of Liverpool The UK higher education sector has seen decades of escalating injustices that academic trade unions need to confront head-on. As one of the…


The Fear: Working through the apocalypse

Hilary Agro , March 18th, 2020

I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore When do you think it will all become clear ‘Cause…


Towards a compassionate turn

thenewethnographer , February 26th, 2019

Introduction   When The New Ethnographer launched in 2018, several decades had passed since the reflexive turn of the 1980s, in which anthropologists were asked to reflect thoughtfully…

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Desperately Seeking Futurity: Precarity and the Desire(s) of Higher Education Participation

guestanthropologist , October 29th, 2018

by Matthew Clark Discourses on graduate employability have increasingly gained a prominent position in higher education (HE). Although a bemoaned topic for many and a source of melancholic…

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How Does the Necessity of Paid Work Impact Our Students?: Learning from the Global Studies Student Employment Survey

guestanthropologist , October 8th, 2018

by Paul Robert Gilbert **This is the first of three posts on student experience in higher education; the next two posts will published on October 15th and 22nd.** There is…

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No Paninis for Poverty Pay

rebeccaprentice , October 5th, 2018

by Rebecca Prentice Throughout the UK yesterday restaurant and food delivery workers walked off their jobs to protest low wages, zero hours contracts, and unpredictable work schedules—including those…

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