Tag: state power

The Logic of Contesting States During a Crisis: Revelations from Uganda’s COVID-19 Fight by Jacob Katumusiime Mwine-Kyarimpa

Jacob Katumusiime Mwine-Kyarimpa , May 26th, 2021

On March 12th, 2021, students at Uganda’s Mbarara University of Science andTechnology (MUST) organised a strike. The strike, the students argued, was both a protest against online lectures…


REDUX: Abjected Spaces, Debris of War #Anthrostate

Yael Navaro-Yashin , January 19th, 2018

To close our thematic week on the anthropology of the state, we re-publish (with the permission of the author) this excerpt from Yael Navaro-Yashin’s last book “The Make-Believe…


REDUX: “Cleaning Up the Streets” #AnthroState

Colin Hoag , January 18th, 2018

Hillbrow, Johannesburg: It’s April 2008. I am in the lobby of the Ambassador Hotel, one of Johannesburg’s most happening nightclubs since the Apartheid era. As with the Hillbrow…



Subhashim Goswami , January 17th, 2017

Nayanika Mathur’s Paper Tiger. Law, Bureaucracy and the Developmental State in Himalayan India  is an ethnography of the everyday life of law and bureaucracy. It reveals the complexity of…


Making #Remoteness in the Sonoran desert

Marko Tocilovac , November 17th, 2016

When we think about deserts, we usually imagine them as quintessentially remote. We tend to take their remoteness as primordial rather than see it as a result of…


Where are the ladies, Didier Fassin? #EASA2016 Keynote

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , July 21st, 2016

It’s hot and humid, and yet circa 1000 anthropologists are determined to enter the main conference room of U6 of the University of Milan & Bicacca. Fortunately the…


On Chinese Pedagogical Legalism (and its Anthropological Ghost) #fictions

Andrea Pia , May 5th, 2016

“You have already been incredibly faithful towards the man. And you have been following all the relevant rules for establishing a co-operative. Now, what you need to do…


Because we’re #HAPPY? REDUX

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , April 12th, 2016

Today we have, once again, witnessed the arrival of the World Happiness Reports – reports that claim nothing less than to offer a neatly quantified, ‘objective’ measurement of just…


The Deportation Conundrum – REDUX #BORDERS

Barak Kalir , March 11th, 2016

Today we re-visit a post on the deportation conundrum by Barak Kalir. The post was first published in the spring of 2014 as a part of our thread…


Interview with Edward E. Curtis IV

Marta Scaglioni , December 17th, 2015

The goal should be human rights, freedom, and dignity for all, and Black Muslims in the United States have been at the vanguard of this struggle in the…


AAA, BDS and #Palestine: New Thematic Week

Allegra , October 26th, 2015

When the Jewish Agency in Tel-Aviv announced the institution of the Provisional Government of Israel on 14 May 1948, the war that followed resulted in the destruction and…


New Anthropologies of Political Performance – thematic thread on #performance

Jonas Tinius , October 19th, 2015

Definitions of ‘performance’ abound. Some of the principal reasons for anthropologists’ continued interest in the subject of performance are the reflexive, relational, and embodied dimensions of perfo…


REDUX: Simulacrum Crimea (Anthropoliteia Virtual Roundtable PART 2) #UKRAINE

Judith Beyer , July 23rd, 2015

Today we re-post our conversation with Judith Beyer from a  joint virtual roundtable with Anthropoliteia. In her commentary, Judith answers the question: “What has struck you the most,…


That buried secret of ours! non-fiction and fiction on memories of violence, death politics and the economy of silence in post-revolution Iran

Chowra Makaremi , July 9th, 2015

Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is an acclaimed and respected writer in Iran. A post stamp has recently been produced in his honor. One of his latest novels, The Colonel, was…


REDUX: Dimitris Dalakoglou on State, Violence, Infrastructures and Public Spaces in the European periphery

Dimitris Dalakoglou , July 2nd, 2015

Worried by the current crisis affecting the Eurozone and many other parts of the world, we also sometimes feel disempowered by our lack of deeper understanding of the…


REDUX: What does Humanity look like? Ethnography of the CIA – with Carole McGranahan

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , June 19th, 2015

It has been a while since I have last encountered her – I wonder if I will still recognize her. Sure, she could disguise herself, to become instantly…