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“China gives and China takes”

African traders and the nondocumenting states

Shanshan Lan

the various non-documenting strategies practiced by different levels of state agents ( Haugen 2012 ; Li et al. 2012 ). I identify economic interests, everyday racism, and ideological concerns as three major factors in shaping the nonrecording tactics

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The racial fix

White currency in the gentrification of black and Latino Chicago

Jesse Mumm

those of people of color. So what is a racial fix? It is a consensus-building process that enables white people to create and sustain a market in order to secure social and economic benefits from the historical consequences of racial disparity and racism

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Reclaiming the streets

Black urban insurgency and antisocial security in twenty-first-century Philadelphia

Jeff Maskovsky

have seen a recent uptick in acts of protest against the spatialized instantiation of antiblack racism and violence, including, of course, Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the Movement for Black Lives (MBL) ( Camp and Heatherton 2016 ; Williams 2015 ; on

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Politics of Recognition and Myths of Race

George Baca

At the time of this writing, the world is watching incredulously as terror and deprivation ravage the poorest citizens of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The region’s middle class and elite fled the disaster, while federal authorities’ inaction resulted in starvation for those too poor to leave. Such callousness embodied in US civil society and state institutions has been made transparent to the world, illuminating the increasing class inequality that has evolved since the passage of the Civil Rights Act. In light of this conflation of racism and class inequality, this forum focuses on the ways that multi-cultural politics mystify such power relations with romantic recollections of popular resistance to racism in the post–World War II era: decolonization, the US civil rights movement, and the fall of apartheid in South Africa.

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The politics of affect

Perspectives on the rise of the far-right and right-wing populism in the West

Sindre Bangstad, Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, and Heiko Henkel

This article is based on the transcript of a roundtable on the rise of the far-right and right-wing populism held at the AAA Annual Meeting in 2017. The contributors explore this rise in the context of the role of affect in politics, rising socio-economic inequalities, racism and neoliberalism, and with reference to their own ethnographic research on these phenomena in Germany, Poland, Italy, France, the UK and Hungary.

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Ashley Lebner

presidential election—have made it devastatingly clear that old and perhaps new racisms are thriving in contemporary America. Neither of the works considered here are conceived as explicit comparisons of race relations. Nevertheless, juxtaposing insights into

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For or against commoning?

Ida Susser

, while drawing on European traditions of the commons, we need to continuously recognize the histories of imperialism, colonialism, and multiple forms of racism that crosscut these historic centers of capital today. The category of “the West,” which would

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Moving on

Italy as a stepping stone in migrants’ imaginaries

Anna Tuckett

migrants remain in poorly paid and low level jobs, since otherwise they risk falling into “illegality.” This structural economic and legal marginalization is reinforced by the everyday racism and discrimination that migrants in Italy are routinely subject

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Nonrecording states between legibility and looking away

Barak Kalir and Willem van Schendel

freedom in deciding how to deal with unauthorized migrants from Bangladesh—they can raid the migrants’ houses, arrange a payoff, or just do nothing (Gandhi). Africans in Guangzhou complain about Chinese police officers’ everyday racism and racial profiling

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Editorial

Interview with Martin Holbraad on Becoming Editor of Social Analysis

Martin Holbraad

—egalitarianism, hierarchy, racism, state and corporate power, and so on. I feel very comfortable in that space myself, with long-standing research on ritual and cosmology in Cuba, where I do my ethnography, as well as more recent work in political anthropology, focusing on