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The New War on the Poor/La nueva guerra contra los pobres

My book The New War on the Poor: The Production of Insecurity in Latin America is available in hardback, paperback, and Kindle and ePub ebook formats. It is available directly from its publisher, Zed Books, in the UK and Europe, the University of Chicago Press in the case of the Americas, North and South, or from … Continue reading The New War on the Poor/La nueva guerra contra los pobres

The Mad King and the Decline of American Empire

On May 30 Donald Trump announced that from June 10 he would impose a 5% tariff on all goods imported from Mexico until Mexico stopped undocumented migrants that has entered its national territory through its southern border attempting to enter his country. This latest trade war episode was apparently stimulated by the detention the previous … Continue reading The Mad King and the Decline of American Empire

Bolsonaro to hit social science funding

The last few days have probably reminded a lot of Brazilians of what they lost when remorseless lawfare pursued under a constant state of exception robbed them of the chance to re-elect former president Lula in 2018, producing a situation in which the refusal of 42 million electors to vote for either candidate allowed Jair … Continue reading Bolsonaro to hit social science funding

Dysfunctional Government in Brazil and the Disunited Kingdom of Brexit

In recent weeks I have participated in two academic events dominated by bleak appraisals of the conduct of government by Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. Participants not only offered strong critiques of the negative social, political, geopolitical, and environmental implications of the government’s actions to date and plans for the future, but also expressed considerable concern … Continue reading Dysfunctional Government in Brazil and the Disunited Kingdom of Brexit

On the latest Minas Gerais mining disaster

At 5.30am this morning an alarm sounded to warn of dangerously high water levels in another dam in Vale's Córrego do Feijão mining complex in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, where the rupture of a tailings dam last Friday is already known to have killed 37 people, but left hundreds more missing. Although more than a hundred … Continue reading On the latest Minas Gerais mining disaster

Waiting for Bolsonaro, and company

Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, takes office at the start of the New Year. His election victory over the PT's Fernando Haddad by almost 58 million votes to his rival's 47 million loses a little of its shine when we consider that 41 million voters chose to abstain or register null or blank votes rather … Continue reading Waiting for Bolsonaro, and company

The Joel S. Kahn Memorial Prize

(Photo by permission of Maila Stivens) The journal Critique of Anthropology is pleased to announce an annual Joel S. Kahn Memorial Essay Prize. Joel (1946-2018) was a founding member of the Critique group and was an active editor until his departure to Australia. There his interests expanded beyond the signal contributions he had made to … Continue reading The Joel S. Kahn Memorial Prize

The Brazilian coup’s harvest of fear and hate

The news that the ultra-right candidate in Brazil's elections, Jair Bolsonaro, secured 46% of the vote last Sunday has produced headlines around the world. Although "the markets" responded favourably to the result, liberal newspapers worried about whether an eventual Bolsonaro victory in the second round of the presidential elections, which takes place on October 28, … Continue reading The Brazilian coup’s harvest of fear and hate

Symposium at UCL celebrating the life and work of Joel Kahn

Critique of Anthropology will be publishing a Special Issue to celebrate the life and work of Joel Kahn, who died in 2017. Joel was one of the founding members of the journal, and as part of the preparation of this Special Issue, it is planned to hold a half-day symposium, in the Daryl Forde Seminar … Continue reading Symposium at UCL celebrating the life and work of Joel Kahn

Is the Brazilian justice system entering a legitimacy crisis?

Recent weeks have seen both organised and spontaneous protests by citizens against leading figures in the judiciary. An example of the latter was an outburst by passengers on a domestic flight against Supreme Court Judge, Glimar Mendes, notorious for his political sympathies with the PSDB,  a video of which is available on YouTube here. A … Continue reading Is the Brazilian justice system entering a legitimacy crisis?

What can we expect from Mexico’s new government?

On Sunday July 1st, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (generally known as AMLO) was elected president of Mexico with a comfortable majority, securing over 53% of the vote against three rival candidates. The candidate of the party of the outgoing president, Enrique Peña Nieto, José Antonio Meade, came a poor third. The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) … Continue reading What can we expect from Mexico’s new government?