Inflamable: estudio del sufrimiento ambiental

Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown by Javier Auyero, Debora Alejandra Swistun “Knowledge about a poisoned environment, Flammable teaches us, is not solely shaped by what we see and smell and touch […] Experience of that polluted reality is, this book shows, socially and politically produced.” Javier Auyero and Debora Alejandra Swistun Auyero and…

A matter of Power

From difference and identity to power “The relations of different nations among themselves depend upon the extent to which each has developed its production forces, the division of labour and internal intercourse” (Marx 1846: 38). We studied in the first section the interrelation of difference and identity and introduced its relation to power. Difference, identity…

La Différence

Anthropology – Society, Difference and Identity The first professor of anthropology in the United States, Daniel G. Brinton, published in 1890, a compilation of ethnography lectures, Races and Peoples, that included a craniology survey listing features used to classify races. Brinton explained: “We are accustomed familiarly to speak of ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ races, and we…

Anthropology and development

The long-lasting history of development has been studied intensively and questioned continuously through the different lenses of confronted or even contradictory theories. This paper presents and analyzes the most important lessons learned from the history of development. To fully understand these lessons, we first need define the most basic concepts of development, establish a common language and…

A different approach to Development

Development should not be seen as a salvation practice from the so-called First World to the Third World. It should not focus on the western discourse of rescuing the poor from the other world maintaining the distance but creating universal rules of salvation and stereotypes around this “other” world. The definition of development should be, as Jan…