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THE ANTI-OLYMPICS (what happened in Vancouver)

By Jules Boykoff: Walking along east Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver one crisp January morning in 2010, I came across a perplexing set of white panels on the outer flank of the refurbished Woodward’s building. The panels featured an explosion of repudiation: stark, black-lettered phrases like ‘hell no’, ‘i said no’, ‘no […]

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Missing Biopolitics: Governance Vs. Governmentality in the Management of the Neighborhood Movement in Madrid

By Álvaro Sevilla Buitrago, 1. Introduction: Up to now, the term “governance” has been widely recognized and used to describe the new exercise of political authority in a context of interaction between political, economical and social actors, emphasizing the legitimation of policies through the achievement of “consensus by participation”. In the field of town planning, it […]

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Le gouvernement de l’insécurité

Entretien avec Andrea Cortellessa, Par Giorgio Agamben: Dans une interview accordée à La Repubblica , Giuliano Amato, le ministre de l’intérieur italien et promoteur d’une « initiative pour la sécurité », a déclaré que, sur le thème de la sécurité, il n’est pas besoin de faire intervenir la « philosophie » parce que « tout […]

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Gli ultimi saranno gli ultimi

Nuove (e vecchie) logiche securitarie. A partire dall’inchiesta sul sistema degli Ospedali Psichiatrici Giudiziari di Dario Stefano Dell’Aquila by Paolo Graziano Prima di tutto vennero a prendere gli zingari e fui contento, perché rubacchiavano. Poi vennero a prendere gli ebrei e stetti zitto, perché mi stavano antipatici. Poi vennero a prendere gli omosessuali, e fui […]

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Immunitarian Democracy

By Roberto Esposito 1. Does “community” refer to democracy? If not, could it or is it too deeply embedded in the conceptual lexicon of the Romantic, authoritarian and racist Right? This is the question, one already asked by American neo-communitarianism, that is emerging again in Europe at the precise moment when, some, especially in France […]

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The humanitarian myth

By Richard Seymour Within days of Haiti suffering an earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale, the U.S. government had sent thousands of 82nd Airborne troops and Marines, alongside the super-carrier USS Carl Vinson. By this Sunday, a total of more than 20,000 U.S. troops were scheduled to be operating in Haiti, both on land […]

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The Visual Construction of Criminality

RAB’s Photo Sessions and the Visual Construction of Criminality November 16th, 2009 Posted in Bangladesh, governance By Rahnuma Ahmed The title of my column is somewhat misleading, I think it’s best to state that right away. Intrigued by the press briefings that RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) offices hold every so often where `criminals’ are displayed alongwith crime artefacts […]

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Client-ship and Citizenship in Latin America

By Lucy Taylor Read full article at Bulletin of Latin American Research (…) Despite such critiques, many people in many ways are becoming more like citizens. They are more certain of their value as individuals in relation to others who are richer and more powerful, and they are better aware of their rights (because the […]

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Participatory Budgeting in the Andes: Between Governmentality and the Infrapolitics of Resistance

John D. Cameron Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada A better understanding of the differences between the ‘public performances’ and ‘backstage commentaries’ of poor and marginalized people in participatory budget schemes is important for both development practitioners and scholars. For practitioners, it is important to recognize that people may take part in participatory budget meetings […]

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The Work of Neoliberal Governmentality: Temporality and Ethical Substance in the Tale of Two Dads

By Sam Binkley, Emerson College: Rich Dad Poor Dad is a best selling book on financial advice written by Robert T. Kiyosaki. Originally self-published in 1997 as supporting material for Kiyosaki’s financial advice lectures, and later picked up by Warner Business Books in 2000, the text relates a rich allegorical narrative about the mental hard […]

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Patronage Politics and Contentious Collective Action: A Recursive Relationship

By Javier Auyero, Pablo Lapegna and Fernanda Page Poma: “Since the early 1990s, much of Latin America has witnessed the simultaneous growth of both protest and clientelism (Svampa and Pereyra 2003; Giarracca 2001; Giraudy 2007; Levitsky 2003; Stokes 2005; Auyero 2007; Almeida and Johnston 2006; Shefner et al. 2006; López-Maya and Lander 2006), a twin […]

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An evening in Burqin

Published at Rabble, August 5, 2009. By Pierre Beaudet (Alternatives): The sun is slowly coming down in this northern West Bank village. We are really a few kilometers from Galilee just outside the green line. Around the city of Jenin and the nearby villages, a cluster of Israeli settlements remind us of the occupation, as […]

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Shoreditch and the creative destruction of the inner city

By Benedict Seymour: “Gentrification in London, a city now rated among the most expensive in the world, embodies the drive of a cannibalistic capitalism looking for ways to cut its costs in a period of declining profit rates and deepening national current account deficits: The search for new, cheaper use values (primarily space, but also […]

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Honduras Tries for a PR Coup

From http://www.prwatch.org/node/8466 The negotiating team representing Honduras‘ coup government “rarely made a move without consulting … an American public relations specialist who has done work for former President Bill Clinton,” reports the New York Times. Roberto Micheletti heads the “de facto” government of Honduras, which took power after the military coup against elected president Manuel […]

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Inscribing Subjects to Citizenship: Petitions, Literacy Activism, and the Performativity of Signature in Rural Tamil India

By Francis Cody “But for the women who had come to the office that day from Katrampatti, my sense is that they would only have been satisfied that they had performed the act of petitioning at grievance day if they had been able to see the collector and plead with him orally using generic conventions […]

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