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The Masters of the Improbable

A short piece that appears in Africa is Country, from their excellent World Cup selection. Canadians think that to put their flag on a backpack earns them safe-passage globally.   They have no idea. Outside of Europe and North America, to show a Brazilian passport is to not only earn smiles but to instantly invite reverie … Continue reading The Masters of the Improbable

A Dark Hour in Brazil

A short piece by Marcelo K. Silva and myself that appears in NACLA. Jair Bolsonaro has propelled anger and vitriol against the Left, the poor, and so-called identity politics to the surface of Brazilian society. After his win, what’s next?October 29, 2018Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Marcelo K. Silva A Bolsonaro campaign ad on a highway in … Continue reading A Dark Hour in Brazil

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 … Continue reading Brazilian Democracy in Peril

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, … Continue reading Finally out: Beyond Civil Society

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 … Continue reading New Piece with Benzecry on Political Ethnography as method

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 … Continue reading Review of Samuel Cohn Employment and Globalization

Two Essays from Al Jazeera America on Brazil’s Coup

Marcelo K. Silva and I wrote two pieces for Al Jazeera America, one earlier on, in March of last year on the Elite Revolt, and then one in December on the Impeachment Dilemma. I re-post them here to have them all in one place.  It’s sad how correct they were about the right-wing origins of … Continue reading Two Essays from Al Jazeera America on Brazil’s Coup

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