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Últimas consecuencias

Sep. 8, 2021—Una base de datos completa de muertes en el conflicto político boliviano durante la era democrática, 1982-presente La política de masas en Bolivia ha encontrado formas de acción muy polémicas que, no obstante, se distinguen de un conflicto militar convencional. Su larga historia —marcada por levantamientos indígenas, la militancia laboral y el frecuente dominio militar—...

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Ultimate Consequences Project Overview

Sep. 8, 2021—A comprehensive database of deaths in Bolivian political conflict during the democratic era, 1982–present Mass grassroots politics in Bolivia has found highly contentious forms of action that were nonetheless distinct from a conventional military conflict. Its longer history, marked by indigenous uprisings, labor militancy, and frequent military rule has been described in terms of blood,...

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“Life and Debt” Follow-up: Jamaica and Structural Adjustment

Nov. 19, 2014—Nick Dearden writing in The Guardian (London) offers an overall update on Jamaica, debt and development, which continues to be heavily shaped by the neoliberal policies described in Life and Debt. Some highlights of his description: Over 40 years, Jamaica has been “rescued” on countless occasions. In the 1980s, the island became almost a byword...

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Some updates on the Three Gorges Dam

Nov. 10, 2014—Since Manufactured Landscapes was released in 2006, the Three Gorges Dam (Wikipedia entry) in China has been completed and made operational. Several of you mentioned its effects in your commentaries. Here are some further resources on the issue: In 2011, a Chinese government statement (original in Chinese) acknowledged the mixed results of the project. As...

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Filmmaker Stephanie Black on “Life and Debt”

Nov. 6, 2014—These pieces about Stephanie Black’s 2001 film provide more context about the director, the film, and her artistic and political intentions. “Life and Debt: Interview with Stephanie Black” by Cynthia Fuchs, Nitrate Online, 14 December 2001. George Sanchez, “Revealing the Transparent: Stephanie Black Unveils the Jamaican World Beyond Tourism,” Friction Magazine, 2002. Official film website:...

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Call for Papers: A New Anthropology of Revolution

Mar. 10, 2014—2014 AAA Annual Meeting Washington, DC — December 3–7, 2014 Deadline for abstracts: March 31. (Submission by March 26 very much appreciated.) Surveying the relatively limited anthropological contribution to the study of revolution, Bjørn Thomassen asked in a 2012 article, “Why are anthropologists so strikingly silent about political revolutions?” He used this absence to issue...

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