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The three crises of globalisation: An anthropological history of the early 21st century

Read An overheated world A short Introduction to OVERHEATING by Thomas Hylland Eriksen. Full text of the paper is available as a downloadable pdf.

Writings from the Field

Fieldwork updates from our researchers across the globe:

  • rural-scenery507 David and Goliath at the East End mine Mar 19, 2014

    Allow a short prelude. Early in my Australian fieldwork, I had the opportunity to sit in on a public consultation concerning the Queensland Government's plans for the Great Barrier Reef. Being considered a matter of national importance, the Federal government (Canberra) is also involved in these plans.

  • welcome300x225 “We are all strangers here”: Hope and chaos in an irrigated desert Mar 12, 2014

    From dry desert to prospering boomtown: Welcome to El Pedregral

  • left-behind-507 A place that was left behind Feb 10, 2014

    In retrospect, it is easy to see that the opening of the Stuart Shale Oil plant was the beginning of the end for Targinnie as a living rural community.

  • robert_pijpers A short letter from the field – researchers trying to inform government policy Jan 27, 2014

    In Sierra Leone, as well as in many developing and resource rich countries in the world, there is an increasingly important debate regarding local content: the use of local products and services by foreign investors.

  • lenax300 On Cars, Trains, and Buses – and their absence Jan 22, 2014

    The only way to leave Lac La Biche other than by private car are the overland buses. On some days they don’t show up, on some they are way too early, on most days they are late.

  • Toadbusting at Tondoon Botanic Gardens Jan 8, 2014

    A little while ago, I caught fifty slimy amphibians with my bare hands, put them into a sack and promptly delivered them to be killed in an industrial-sized freezer. My usually peaceful and animal-friendly self felt surprisingly pleased with itself for carrying out this act, which was intended to protect the lives of other animals.

  • chivay1-300x “The world is upside-down”: Concerns about climate, food, and money in Chivay Dec 19, 2013

    Many things have changed in Chivay, but at the same time, it feels like it have just been a couple of days since I left.

  • Lunsar: expectations in a changing environment* Dec 13, 2013

    Wherever there is change, there also seems to be disappointment.

  • gladstone2 The high point of industrialism Dec 5, 2013

    ‘It is the ugliest town in Australia; I think you should go there.’

  • 20130923-sdim7609-507px-double300x200 Aqua Vita in the Philippines Oct 23, 2013

    On my 5th day in Subic Bay, we found a dead pig on the shore, buried in sand all the way up to its snout. The stray dogs had not gotten to it yet, and there was no smell, either. Just the sad, solemn sight of this animal that had been caught by the water, carried off into the sea, and then washed ashore on our beach. I could not stop staring at it, wondering about the people it had belonged to before its sudden death by drowning.

Published Jan 23, 2013 12:34 PM - Last modified Mar 13, 2014 08:52 AM


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