We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology has recently published and is available online at www.berghahnjournals.com/focaal.
This issue’s theme section—”The Anthropology of Austerity,” guest edited by Theodore Powers and Theodoros Rakopoulos—posits that austerity is an instantiation of structural adjustment programs (SAPs) and thus must be revisited in two ways, involving its historical and geographical rendering. First, anthropological accounts should think of austerity in the long term, providing encompassing genealogies of the concept rather than seeing it as breach to historical continuity. Second, the discipline should employ the comparative approach to bring together analyses of SAPs in the Global South and austerity measures in the Global North, providing a more comprehensive analysis of this phenomenon.
Focaal 83 also includes a regular articles section, which features articles on the precarity of farming in Peru and the promise of education (an it paradox) in Flores, East Indonesia, as well as a free forum section on “The Politics of Affect,” the first part of which can be found here on the FocaalBlog. A review article rounds out the issue.
Volume 2019, Issue 83
The anthropology of austerity
Guest Editors: Theodore Powers and Theodoros Rakopoulos
The anthropology of austerity: An introduction
Theodore Powers and Theodoros Rakopoulos
Austerity en route, from Lisbon to Luanda
Ruy Llera Blanes
Afterword: Reversing the world—What austerity does to time and place
Safe milk and risky quinoa: The lottery and precarity of farming in Peru
Astrid B. Stensrud
The politics of affect: Perspectives on the rise of the far-right and right-wing populism in the West
Sindre Bangstad, Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, and Heiko Henkel
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