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On the dialectics of capitalist expansion: An interview with Christopher Krupa

FocaalBlog

Stephen Campbell

On the dialectics of capitalist expansion: An interview with Christopher Krupa

In April 2022, University of Pennsylvania Press published A Feast of Flowers: Race, Labor, and Postcolonial Capitalism in Ecuador, by University of Toronto anthropologist Christopher Krupa. Tracing the expansion of capitalism in the largely rural, agrarian canton of Cayambe, Krupa’s book is an historically informed ethnography of Ecuador’s cut flower industry. In the interview below, Focaalblog co-editor Stephen Campbell talks with the author about this important new monograph.

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Featured Series

Worlds of Memory

Editors:

Jeffrey Olick, University of Virginia
Aline Sierp, Maastricht University
Jenny Wüstenberg, Nottingham Trent University

Published in collaboration with the Memory Studies Association

This book series publishes innovative and rigorous scholarship in the interdisciplinary and global field of memory studies. Memory studies includes all inquiries into the ways we—both individually and collectively— are shaped by the past. How do we represent the past to ourselves and to others? How do those representations shape our actions and understandings, whether explicitly or unconsciously?

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Interactive Map Project

The Walls of Santiago

Social Revolution and Political Aesthetics in Contemporary Chile

Terri Gordon-Zolov and Eric Zolov

A photo-illustrated record of Chilean protest art, along with reflections on artistic antecedents, global protest movements, and the long shadow cast by Chile’s authoritarian past.

From October 2019 until the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, Chile was convulsed by protests and political upheaval, as what began as civil disobedience transformed into a vast resistance movement. Throughout, the most striking aspects of the protests were the murals, graffiti, and other political graphics that became ubiquitous in Chilean cities.

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EnviroSociety

Rising from the Ashes: Rural Communities in Portugal’s Fiery Landscapes

Filipa Soares, Luísa Schmidt, & Ana Delicado. Instituto de Ciências

On June 17th, 2017, Ferraria de São João (hereafter Ferraria), a small-sized village in central Portugal remotely located at the top of a hill, was encircled by flames. The two available fire engines, one at each end of the village, were unable to refill with water at some point. There were no helicopters either. The tragedy, as the few residents would come to realise the morning after, was of a regional scale. Left to their own devices, the unprepared local population fought the flames by themselves with what they had at hand: garden hoses, water buckets, branches.

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Anthropology and Autobiography 30 years on: An Interview with Judith Okely

AJEC Blog

Anthropology and Autobiography 30 years on

An Interview with Judith Okely

Our latest issue of AJEC was dedicated to the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Anthropology and Autobiography, edited by Judith Okely and Helen Callaway (1992). Judith was kind enough not only to publish an article of her own in the special issue but to also be interviewed by us for the blog. We’d like to thank Professor Okely for her time in answering our questions and for the great consideration and effort she put into doing so. As readers will be able to witness, this particular topic is still very relevant three decades later and key to our understanding of the discipline, but ourselves and our relations to it.

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New Paperbacks

In Search of European Liberalisms
November 2022

In Search of European Liberalisms

Concepts, Languages, Ideologies

Freeden, M., Fernández-Sebastián, J. & Leonhard, J. (eds)
Luso-Tropicalism and Its Discontents
November 2022

Luso-Tropicalism and Its Discontents

The Making and Unmaking of Racial Exceptionalism

Anderson, W., Roque, R., & Ventura Santos, R. (eds)
Bourdieu and Social Space
November 2022

Bourdieu and Social Space

Mobilities, Trajectories, Emplacements

Reed-Danahay, D.
Views of Violence
November 2022

Views of Violence

Representing the Second World War in German and European Museums and Memorials

Echternkamp, J. & Jaeger, S. (eds)
Writing the Great War
November 2022

Writing the Great War

The Historiography of World War I from 1918 to the Present

Cornelissen, C. & Weinrich, A. (eds)
After the 'Socialist Spring'
November 2022

After the 'Socialist Spring'

Collectivisation and Economic Transformation in the GDR

Last, G.
Optimizing the German Workforce
November 2022

Optimizing the German Workforce

Labor Administration from Bismarck to the Economic Miracle

Meskill, D.
Crime & Criminal Justice in Modern Germany
November 2022

Crime and Criminal Justice in Modern Germany

Wetzell, R. F. (ed)
Comrades in Arms
December 2022

Comrades in Arms

Military Masculinities in East German Culture

Smith, T.
Voices on War and Genocide
December 2022

Voices on War and Genocide

Three Accounts of the World Wars in a Galician Town

Bartov, O. (ed)
Preservation and Place
December 2022

Preservation and Place

Historic Preservation by and of LGBTQ Communities in the United States

Crawford-Lackey, K. & Springate, M. E. (eds)
When Will We Talk About Hitler?
December 2022

When Will We Talk About Hitler?

German Students and the Nazi Past

Oeser, A.
Going to Pentecost
December 2022

Going to Pentecost

An Experimental Approach to Studies in Pentecostalism

Eriksen, A. Blanes, R. L., MacCarthy, M.
Enduring Uncertainty
December 2022

Enduring Uncertainty

Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life

Hasselberg, I.
State of Peace in Europe, A
December 2022

A State of Peace in Europe

West Germany and the CSCE, 1966-1975

Hakkarainen, P.
Selling the Economic Miracle
December 2022

Selling the Economic Miracle

Economic Reconstruction and Politics in West Germany, 1949-1957

Spicka, M. E.
Waithood
January 2023

Waithood

Gender, Education, and Global Delays in Marriage and Childbearing

Inhorn, M. C. & Smith-Hefner, N. J. (eds)
Big Capital in an Unequal World
January 2023

Big Capital in an Unequal World

The Micropolitics of Wealth in Pakistan

Armytage, R.
Politics of Scale
January 2023

Politics of Scale

New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies

Lähdesmäki, T., Thomas, S., & Zhu, Y. (eds)
U-Turn to the Future, A
January 2023

A U-Turn to the Future

Sustainable Urban Mobility since 1850

Emanuel, M., Schipper. F., & Oldenziel, R. (eds)
Settling for Less
January 2023

Settling for Less

The Planned Resettlement of Israel's Negev Bedouin

Dinero, S. C.
Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective, The
January 2023

The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective

Knörr, J. & Kohl, C. (eds)
Footprints in Paradise
January 2023

Footprints in Paradise

Ecotourism, Local Knowledge, and Nature Therapies in Okinawa

Murray, A. E.
From Clans to Co-ops
January 2023

From Clans to Co-ops

Confiscated Mafia Land in Sicily

Rakopoulos, T.

Open Access Titles

Sentient Ecologies

Sentient Ecologies

Xenophobic Imaginaries of Landscape

Coțofană, A. & Kuran, H. (eds)
Thinking Europe

Thinking Europe

A History of the European Idea since 1800

Andrén, M.
Managing Sacralities

Managing Sacralities

Competing and Converging Claims of Religious Heritage

Hemel, E. van den, Salemink, O., & Stengs, I. (eds)
Return of Polyandry, The

The Return of Polyandry

Kinship and Marriage in Central Tibet

Fjeld, H. E.
Tangled Mobilities

Tangled Mobilities

Places, Affects, and Personhood across Social Spheres in Asian Migration

Fresnoza-Flot, A. & Liu-Farrer, G. (eds)
Making Things Happen

Making Things Happen

Community Participation and Disaster Reconstruction in Pakistan

Murphy Thomas, J.
Grazing Communities

Grazing Communities

Pastoralism on the Move and Biocultural Heritage Frictions

Bindi, L. (ed)
Environing Empire

Environing Empire

Nature, Infrastructure and the Making of German Southwest Africa

Kalb, M.
Indigenous Resurgence

Indigenous Resurgence

Decolonialization and Movements for Environmental Justice

Dhillon, J.
Afropolitan Horizons

Afropolitan Horizons

Essays toward a Literary Anthropology of Nigeria

Hannerz, U.
Cooling Down

Cooling Down

Local Responses to Global Climate Change

Hoffman, S. M., Eriksen, T. H., & Mendes, P. (eds)
Refugees on the Move

Refugees on the Move

Crisis and Response in Turkey and Europe

Balkan, E. & Kutlu Tonak, Z. (eds)
Opening Up the University

Opening Up the University

Teaching and Learning with Refugees

Cantat, C., Cook, I., & Rajaram, P. K. (eds)
Times of History, Times of Nature

Times of History, Times of Nature

Temporalization and the Limits of Modern Knowledge

Ekstrom, A. & Bergwik, S. (eds)
Extremism, Society, and the State

Extremism, Society, and the State

Loperfido, G. (ed)
Transcending the Nostalgic

Transcending the Nostalgic

Landscapes of Postindustrial Europe beyond Representation

Jaramillo, G. S. & Tomann, J. (eds)
Anthroposcene of Weather and Climate, The

The Anthroposcene of Weather and Climate

Ethnographic Contributions to the Climate Change Debate

Sillitoe, P. (ed)
Moral Economy at Work

Moral Economy at Work

Ethnographic Investigations in Eurasia

Yalçın-Heckmann, L. (ed)
Digital Archives and Collections

Digital Archives and Collections

Creating Online Access to Cultural Heritage

Müller, K.
After Corporate Paternalism

After Corporate Paternalism

Material Renovation and Social Change in Times of Ruination

Straube, C.
Un-Settling Middle Eastern Refugees

Un-Settling Middle Eastern Refugees

Regimes of Exclusion and Inclusion in the Middle East, Europe, and North America

Inhorn, M. C. & Volk, L. (eds)
Delta Life

Delta Life

Exploring Dynamic Environments where Rivers Meet the Sea

Krause, F. & Harris, M. (eds)
Ethnographies of Power

Ethnographies of Power

A Political Anthropology of Energy

Loloum, T., Abram, S., & Ortar, N. (eds)
Peripheries at the Centre

Peripheries at the Centre

Borderland Schooling in Interwar Europe

Venken, M.
Writing the Great War

Writing the Great War

The Historiography of World War I from 1918 to the Present

Cornelissen, C. & Weinrich, A. (eds)

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