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Call for #Reviews: #AnthroState #Africa

Julie Billaud , January 17th, 2018

As we start into 2018, we seize the opportunity of this post by Thomas Bierschenk and Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan on their influential edited volume States at Work to…


The state of the state in #Africa

Jon Schubert , January 15th, 2018

How political authority and legitimacy are sustained in societies marked by socio-economic inequality and political exclusion has been a long-standing preoccupation in the social sciences. Especially …


Is the United Nations Broken?

guestanthropologist , November 14th, 2017

By Ronald Niezen When the United Nations General Assembly convened its annual meeting this September, amid growing nuclear tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, U.S. President Donald…

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Axel Rudi: Independence from Whom? The Aftermath of the Kurdish Referendum

Focaal Web Editor , November 1st, 2017

 In the future, people will say, “On the 16th of October, it happened again.” The Kurds were once again betrayed by the international community. Afraid of losing their…


Johan Fischer: Veg or non-veg? On fieldwork and food in India

Focaal Web Editor , October 24th, 2017

Reporting from an ongoing fieldwork in Hyderabad, India, the central topic of this piece is the ways in which the vegetarian and the nonvegetarian are understood, practiced, and…


James C. Scott: A brief history of flight from the state

jeremy schmidt , October 4th, 2017

James C. Scott rethinks refuge (primarily in mountain territories) and the flight of the state in the context of his later ideas on where others seek refuge…swamps, marshes,…

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James C. Scott on Flights from Empire: A short account of state evasion

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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The Happiness Fetish Revisited

Gamwell , July 24th, 2017

In response to several surveys that attempt to quantify happiness, Ryan, Adam, and Aneil spend this episode of This Anthro Life exploring happiness through the lens of fetishism….

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Happy New Year from Allegra!

Judith Beyer , January 16th, 2017

After a well deserved break during the holiday season, Allegra is back and full of energy for yet another exciting year! We have lots of wonderful stuff –…


United we stand, divided we fall

guestanthropologist , December 21st, 2016

by Filippo Osella If there is a lesson to be learnt from the long 2016 it is that there is more than one way to disgrace oneself. Calling…

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On capitalist utopia and the rightful share

guestanthropologist , November 21st, 2016

by Deniz Seebacher & Julia Büchele The title of James Ferguson’s latest book (2015) draws from (arguably) “the world’s most widely circulated development cliché”: Give a man a fish,…

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Invisible Government, Conjured Markets

guestanthropologist , October 31st, 2016

by Bennett Heine Among political and social scientists in recent decades, the phrase ‘give a man a fish…’ has become more a prompt than a platitude, its pregnant ellipses…

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Economic Citizenship and Resource Nationalism

Maximilian C. Forte , September 26th, 2016

What is resource nationalism, and why is it important? One of Wikipedia’s shortest entries, “resource nationalism” nonetheless appears in 372 files published by WikiLeaks. Resource nationalism seems t…


#Review: On the State. Lectures at the Collège de France, 1989-1992.

John Postill , July 28th, 2016

As stated on its back cover, in this book the influential French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) investigates the state’s ‘extraordinary power of producing a socially ordered world without…


Review of Bourdieu’s (2014) On the State

John Postill , July 6th, 2016

Review of Bourdieu, P. (2014). On the State: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1989-1992. P. Champagne, R. Lenoir, F. Poupeau, & M. C. Rivière (Eds.). London: Polity….


If we question the figure of the ‘smuggler’ and the ‘trafficker’, we should also raise questions about the state

Josiah Heyman , April 8th, 2016

When we raise questions about the assumed figures of the ‘smuggler’ and ‘trafficker’, we must also in parallel raise questions about agencies, officers, policies, and discourses of the…


#Review: States at Work: Dynamics of African Bureaucracies

Cristiana Strava , March 8th, 2016

Anthropologists have been studying the various phenomena associated with states and ‘state-like’ structures for a long time (cf. Fortes 1940, Leach 1954). It was only in the last…


Ruy Llera Blanes: Revolutionary states in Luanda: “Events” and political strife in Angola

Focaal Web Editor , December 15th, 2015

Last 11 November, Angola celebrated forty years of independence—a memorable date. However, these celebrations have been overshadowed by a movement of contestation that has turned a spotlight on…


Carlos E. Chardón: Masking Puerto Rican state failure

Focaal Web Editor , December 3rd, 2015

With the recent default on debt payment (see Franqui Rivera and Colón-Garcia 2015), Puerto Rico became a failed state. State failure is the inability or incapacity of a…


NEW! — Jan Newberry: Restating the case: The social reproduction of care labor

Focaal Web Editor , November 25th, 2015

Ever felt like the best conversation at the party is happening in the next room? When I did my field research in an urban neighborhood in Java some…


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,…


Call for Reviews: Recent Publications on the #Anthrostate

Allegra , June 12th, 2015

The last two weeks here at Allegra have been dedicated to all things #Anthrostate. To continue the theme, we have handpicked some of our favourite new releases in the…


The Return of the Colonial 

Dylan Kerrigan - Opeds , August 31st, 2014

What logic connects Ferguson, Gaza and east Port of Spain? What cultural logics connect recent confrontations in Ferguson, Gaza, and east Port of Spain? The short answer is…

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