Brazilian Democracy in Peril

Brazilian Democracy in Peril GIANPAOLO BAIOCCHI, MARCELO K. SILVA On March 14, Brazil was shaken by the killing of Marielle Franco in Rio de Janeiro, where Franco served as a leftist city councilor representing the favela community of Maré. Franco had recently been named to head a commission investigating military abuses during President Michel Temer’s …

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Finally out: Beyond Civil Society

Happy to report that Duke UP has released  Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America, edited by Sonia Alvarez, Millie Thayer, Jeff Rubin, Agustin Lao-Montes, and myself.   You can read the foreword and intro here. The contributors to Beyond Civil Society argue that the conventional distinction between civic and uncivic protest, …

New Piece with Benzecry on Political Ethnography as method

Despite recent interest in political ethnography, most of the reflection has been on the ethnographic aspect of the enterprise with much less emphasis on the question implicit in the first word of the couplet: What is actually political about political ethnography and how much should ethnographers pre-define it? The question is complicated because a central …

Review of Samuel Cohn Employment and Globalization

This review appears in Contemporary Sociology here Employment and Development Under Globalization: State and Economy in Brazil, by Samuel Cohn.  2012. Palgrave McMillan.  236pp cloth.   Gianpaolo Baiocchi NYU   Samuel Cohn’s latest book, Employment and Development under Globalization: State and Economy in Brazil, uses the case of Brazil to revisit some of the classic …

The Rhetoric of Participation and Power Struggles in Spain’s New Administrations – A new essay

  We share below a new essay by Ernesto Ganuza and myself in Bez, a Spanish periodical.  The original is here   Retórica participativa y juegos de poder En Madrid, el nuevo Gobierno acaba de abrir un proceso participativo para preguntar a sus habitantes cómo debe ser el futuro de uno de sus rincones más emblemáticos, …

Interview with Bruno Latour from Figure/Ground

Original Available here © Bruno Latour and Figure/Ground Communication Dr. Latour was interviewed by Andrew Iliadis on September 24th, 2013 Bruno Latour is Professor at Sciences Po. Dr. Latour is a leading figure in sociology, anthropology, and science and technology studies, and he is the author of numerous books, including Laboratory Life, We Have Never Been Modern, and Reassembling the Social. …