Demonstration Elections

The concept of “demonstration election” is a useful one for describing the elections staged by the U.S. occupation regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, with a much longer history of practice in Latin America and the Caribbean. The concept came into usage with the publication in 1984 of Demonstration Elections: U.S.-Staged Elections in the Dominican Republic, […]

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Single-Cell Resistance in the TimeSpace of Kairos

The period of bifurcation, chaos, and wild fluctuations out of which will emerge a new order (but one impossible to predict in advance) is in fact the description of the third time of historical social systems, that of structural crisis. It is the view of many world-systems analysts that the modern world-system has entered this […]

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Remix: Introducing Open Source Cinema

One of the side benefits of my recent participation in the CASCA-AES conference in Vancouver was to learn that a phrase I developed as a short hand for some of my own work, “open source cinema,” was a phrase already in use, referring to a concept already in circulation, and indeed an entire site is […]

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World Crisis, Theory Crisis

At some point in the not so distant past a qualitative change occurred in the perception of the social order, so that it was no longer seen mainly in terms of conflict over the production and distribution of ‘goods’. Rather, it is the production and distribution of ‘bads’ that has come into conflict with the […]

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PROGRESS

I have been working and thinking about this particular project, featured below, for a while now. It is my newest “open source music video” featuring a Trinidadian calypso by King Austin (Austin Lewis), from 1980. I owe King Austin an enormous debt. I first heard this song in the pub of the University of the […]

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Methodological Cosmopolitanism in Anthropology

methodological cosmopolitanism in anthropology, is likely to invigorate the anthropological research agenda for some time. Methodological cosmopolitanism has been used as a critique of methodological nationalism. In anthropology, methodological cosmopolitanism can be a critique of an immoral methodology that treats the other as a specimen, as well as of theoretical provincialism (American anthropologists only quoting […]

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More on Eurocentrism: Jack Goody and The Theft of History

Once again, my thanks to Lorenz at antropologi.info for highlighting some important news, this time concerning the publication (and reviews) of Jack Goody’s The Theft of History. I will just post some links here for the reader to explore further, those links derived from “Jack Goody: ‘The West has never been superior’“: Jack Goody, The […]

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Michael Taussig: The End of the Masterful Explanation

Some leftover notes from Taussig, for the scrapbook, extracted from: Taussig, Michael. (1993). Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses. New York: Routledge. ••••••• The end of “inquiry” and the mastery of the First World: “To call these reflections on Western reflections an ‘inquiry’ suggests that the anthropological project can continue unabated with […]

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The Distraction of the Everday

From Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983) Executives holding a corporate board meeting: Exec #1: Item six on the agenda: “The Meaning of Life” Now uh, Harry, you’ve had some thoughts on this. Exec #2: Yeah, I’ve had a team working on this over the past few weeks, and what we’ve come up with […]

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The Changing Self: Fear of Death?

This item was provoked by a student essay in Cyberspace Ethnography, and is meant as an invitation for readers to post their ideas rather than serving as some sort of definitive statement on the issue. Speaking of how the self is presented on Facebook, one informant told the researcher in the course: “The person I […]

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Anti-Indigenous Film Broadcast in Sweden

Ideologies designed to undercut any indigenous claims to their identities and territories have long been a part of Eurocentric imperialist propaganda, with the hope that the home audience will be consume this ideological material. Indigenous peoples know where they stand and are not likely to be “persuaded” by assertions that they do not exist. In […]

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