Populism and the Conundrums of Democracy in Italy

As we approach the General Elections in Italy, the possibility that either of the two populist parties will take part in the government haunts the Italian—and indeed the European—political establishment, both of which frame the election in the bogus terms of populists threatening to supplant liberal values.

Is Political Anthropology Dead?

In 2007, Jonathan Spencer announced the “death of political anthropology.” I do not think political anthropology died, but it does need renewing.

Paradoxes of Eventfulness in Trump’s First Year

Trump’s first year was, if nothing else, eventful. It was so eventful that, in the onslaught of broken norms and sabotaged institutions, it is impossible to give each violation its due recognition.

Anthropology in Dangerous Times

In Athens, Greece, on December 31, 1967, eight months after the overthrow of the constitutional monarchy by the military junta on April 21, 1967, armed and uniformed men entered the building that housed the Social Sciences Centre, Athens and carted out boxes full of papers and books. What was contained in these boxes? Where did […]

Pride and Mother-in-Law Relations

Pride Goes before the Fall—of the Discipline? As anthropologists, we pride ourselves on exposing injustices and fighting for what is right. So, why have we not better organized as individuals, the AAA, and anthropology departments to right the wrong of overproducing PhDs in a rapidly shrinking job market where exploited adjuncts do half the teaching? […]

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