Keith Hart on Nationalism with Nika Dubrovsky

Keith Hart is International Director, Human Economy Programme, University of Pretoria and Centennial Professor of Economic Anthropology, London School of Economics. He has taught at a number of universities, for the longest time at Cambridge. He contributed the idea of an informal economy to Development Studies and has written extensively on money.

Nika Dubrovsky interviewed Keith Hart in Paris during 2012 concerning the idea of Nationalism and the Changing Idea of Citizenship. This interview became the basis for her book “Nation.”

Neil Turner and
Mandate of the Intellectual

Neil Turner is an American anthropologist, author, and ethnographic filmmaker who has been living and conducting ethnographic work in Latin America. He has spent the last fifteen years living, working, and conducting ethnographic fieldwork in the country of Brazil.

Turner’s archaeological approach to the analysis of culture and society addresses issues from a humanistic perspective. His approach is evidence of influence from the French School of social scientists such as Foucault and Fanon. He is concerned with unearthing, excavating, and mapping factors underrepresented and focuses on connecting discursive practices through a detailed, descriptive assessment of everyday life.

Keith Hart on
Liberal Revolutions and the African Future

Economic anthropologist Keith Hart (KH), one of the leading figures in African studies, spoke to Social Transformations editor Lisandro Claudio (LC) to discuss the future of African regionalism. Hart, a Centennial Professor of Economic Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, has recently co-edited with John Sharp the volume, People, Money and Power in the Economic Crisis: Perspectives from the Global South (New York: Berghahn Books, 2014). The interview took place in Copenhagen in November 2014.

Human Trafficking:
A Growing Epidemic

Every year, thousands of men, women, and children become victims of human trafficking. Even more startling, sources state that every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of trafficking.

Most people already know that the drug trade is probably the most lucrative illegal commerce in the world. But how many people know that human trafficking is running close to the drug trade – very close?

According to the US Department of Justice, human trafficking has become the third most profitable illegal criminal activity conducted by organized crime in the world.

Gun Violence in
American Schools

A silent epidemic is spreading throughout the country like a cancer. What does it say about a society when children and adolescents can get their hands on military grade weapons, somehow get them into their schools and gun down dozens of fellow classmates and teachers? Where are all the scientists (CDC, think tanks, privately funded research firms) and why aren’t they screaming from the top of the roofs about the dangers of such a phenomenon becoming “normalized”?

When we step back and take a sobering look at the facts, we will find that we are closer to normalizing such behavior than we actually realize. Without a doubt, these horrific acts are becoming more frequent.

Transforming Refugees:
bio-politics and medical construction of SE Asian Immigrants

The point here is not to argue that bio-medicine has become a mechanism for establishing political or cultural identity for refugees entering the United States. Neither does it claim that modern bio-medicine influences define the character and needs of immigrants. Rather, it seeks to establish that each verifies the other and presents bio-medicine as a mediator of physical realities that gives nation-states justification for domination and control of immigrants and refugees.