Category Activism

White Saviours – Do They Really Matter?

by Anne-Meike Fechter  Not least since the novelist Teju Cole launched a trenchant critique of what he called the ‘white saviour industrial complex’ and the periodically reigniting debates of the legitimacy of white celebrities fronting charity appeals in Africa (david-lammy-comic-relief-stacey-dooley-white-saviour) have critiques of ‘white saviourism’ fuelled debates on race, charity, and ‘poverty porn’. So firmly established are […]

The Story of our Fashion Fast!

by Rebecca Prentice, Hannah Amey, Maeve Devers, Rifka Fehr, Olive Howland Milne, Alfred Lewis, Phoebe Marsh, Joana Pereira and Amelia Yates As eight first-year anthropology students and one lecturer at the University of Sussex, we are doing a ‘fashion fast’ between now and Easter. This means we commit to wearing only 6 items of clothing for 6 weeks, […]

Interrogating Queer Identity: The Use of Art as Resistance and Stories from the Margins

by Colin Gill In this moment in history we are witnessing several ultra-right movements across the globe. The most recent example of this is the election of president Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. Bolsonaro has been speaking out and actively working against indigenous land sovereignty, making racist claims against Afro-Brazilians, hindering LGBTQ+ rights, and is willing […]

Becoming Human: Malala Yousafzai and the Politics of Representation

by Carlo Ceglia Malala. It is enough to say her first name. How did this 21-year-old Pakistani girl – the youngest, as well as the only female Pakistani, to win the Nobel Peace Prize (2014) – become one of those very few people to be known just by their first name? What about her story […]

Survivors of sexual violence need #supportnotsuspicion

by Hannah Rose   Last Thursday night, the feminist direct action group Sisters Uncut delivered 30,000 sheets of paper marked ‘confidential’ to the door of the Crown Prosecution Service, on Max Hill QC’s first day in post as its head. The CPS is responsible for taking perpetrators of sexual violence to court.  The heap of paper […]

No Paninis for Poverty Pay

by Rebecca Prentice Throughout the UK yesterday restaurant and food delivery workers walked off their jobs to protest low wages, zero hours contracts, and unpredictable work schedules—including those from Brighton’s two JD Wetherspoon restaurants, The Post and Telegraph and The Bright Helm. Writing in The Guardian, Owen Jones and Katie Southworth describe these strikes as […]

Calais: Eighteen Months On

by Elisa Sandri Calais has frequently made the headlines in the last two decades. The history of this border as a focal point for migration dates back to the 1990s, when hundreds of refugees from Kosovo, Kurdistan and Afghanistan camped here, waiting to cross the Channel. In 2015, the town witnessed fast-growing numbers in the […]

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

…May ’68, Nuit Debout and Romanticizing Struggles by Jade Ascencio In 2016, the Nuit Debout movement in Paris installed its headquarters only two stops away from my place. Every night people gathered on the Place de la République, discussing all sorts of issues, making art, with the ultimate aim of launching France’s Sixth Republic. Feminist […]

Accumulation by Dispossession, Solidarity in Precarity and the Future of Higher Education…

…A Quick Manifesto  by a group of Anthropology and Global Studies students at the University of Sussex As both consumers of knowledge capital, and investors in our own education, we thought it might be useful to bring to your attention the concept of accumulation by dispossession, the precarity it entails both in academia and in the rest […]

Anthropologists on the Strike

Yesterday, lecturers began 14 days of strikes in over 60 universities across the United Kingdom. Nominally, the strikes are to oppose pension changes proposed by university employers that would end defined benefits and offload the risk of pension income onto lecturers themselves. Here at Culture & Capitalism, we will round up writing and interviews from anthropologists on the […]