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The Current State of Anomie in Angola

Ruy Llera Blanes

this anthropological ‘going back to anomie’, which stems from the ethnographic research I have been conducting since 2015 on contemporary political contestation in Angola. Here, in the framework of my research on the Revolutionary Movement (see below

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The work-intensive fiction of frictionless trade in the Angolan port of Lobito

Jon Schubert

upholding this seductive imagery of frictionless global trade. More specifically, in the context of Angola, the article examines the tensions that arise from the gap between the promises by technical and regulatory reforms to facilitate customs

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Atheist Political Cultures in Independent Angola

Ruy Llera Blanes and Abel Paxe

In this article we chart the histories and political translations of atheist cultures in Angola. We explore the specific translations of atheist ideologies into practical actions that occurred in the post-independence period in the 1970s–1980s and perform an ethnographic exploration of their legacies in contemporary Angola. We also debate the problem of atheism as an anthropological concept, examining the interfaces between ideology, political agency, and social praxis. We suggest that atheism is inherently a politically biased concept, a product of the local histories and intellectual traditions that shape it.

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Austerity en route, from Lisbon to Luanda

Ruy Llera Blanes

beyond the Eurocentric root. In this respect, this article is a companion to a recent discussion to which I contributed concerning austerity in Portugal ( Mapril and Blanes 2018 ), which is complemented here by research in Angola. The background of this

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Putting Anthropology into Global Health

A Century of Anti–Human African Trypanosomiasis Campaigns in Angola

Jorge Varanda and Josenando Théophile

, The Tempest Act 4, Scene 1, 148–158 Three is the magic number for human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), or sleeping sickness, in Angola. Sleeping sickness occurs when trypanosomes, flies and humans all coincide. Three also refers to the number of

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The Religious Foundations of Capoeira Angola

The Cosmopolitics of an Apparently Non-religious Practice

Sergio González Varela

is to describe the religious foundations of a capoeira style called Angola from a perspective that questions many of the cultural and historical assumptions that academics have made about this Afro-Brazilian art. 1 Although I am aware that being

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The Hut-Hospital as Project and as Practice

Mimeses, Alterities, and Colonial Hierarchies

Cristiana Bastos

‘imitation from above’, as epitomized by the hut-hospital. Created between the 1920s and the 1950s for the purpose of providing medical assistance to the indigenous populations of Angola, Mozambique, and other Portuguese-administered African regions, hut

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The optimistic utopia

Sacrifice and expectations of political transformation in the Angolan Revolutionary Movement

Ruy Llera Blanes

In this paper, I propose an anthropological discussion of the correlation of utopia and optimism, in relation with ideas of personal and collective sacrifice. To do so, I will invoke my ethnographic research on political activism in Angola, particularly the so‐called Revolutionary Movement – a group of young activists challenging Angola’s authoritarian regime. During recent Luanda fieldwork, I observed how most of the ‘Revús’ engaged in self‐sacrificial behaviour, exposing themselves to police brutality, imprisonment and social discrimination, in their struggle towards a brighter collective future. This optimistic and somewhat Gandhian stance marks a dramatic departure from the sense of fatalism and ‘culture of fear’ that seems otherwise to prevail in Angola. I will question if and in what terms such stances are ‘utopian’ and configure ‘principles of hope’, as Ernst Bloch would put it. In the process, I will perform a critical interrogation of the correlation of utopia, hope and optimism.

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Along an African border: Angolan refugees and their divination baskets by Silva, Sónia


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Indigenous paradiplomacy and the Orokawe hydroelectric dam on the Kunene River

Richard Meissner and Jeroen Warner

altering power relations in transboundary river basins? The present article's setting is the planned Orokawe (Baynes) dam on the Kunene River, shared by Angola and Namibia ( Figure 1 and Figure 2 ). That said, how do nondiplomats, and particularly