Pensions: a bridge too far for the Brazilian coup?

Yesterday there were large street demonstrations against the Temer government's proposals for so-called "pension reform" in Brazil. These have received innumerable and authoritative academic critiques. This post is mainly about a popular critique, but let me begin with my fellow academics. The government's arguments about the size and causes of the claimed deficit in the national pension … Continue reading Pensions: a bridge too far for the Brazilian coup?

The coup unfolds

On Wednesday, three supreme court judges publicly scolded President Dilma Rousseff for describing the impeachment vote in the house of deputies as a coup. They were Celso de Mello, Dias Toffoli, and, no surprise, Gilmar Mendes. The judges' grounds for attacking the "very grave mistake" of the President were that the congress has respected the … Continue reading The coup unfolds


At the moment I am working on an edited book based on a selection of papers from the 2013 World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, which was organised by a UK committee chaired by me and hosted by Manchester University. This book, World Anthropologies in Practice: Situated Perspectives, Global Knowledge, … Continue reading IUAES-ASA book