In September 2015, Munich’s central train station came to international media attention as a site of arrival for thousands of refugees. After an exhausting and often dangerous journey, this was their first step into Germany. But what happens after the welcome? Younus, Shadi and Eyob tell their stories of arriving: three voices against the ongoing problematization of migration.
Academic research seems to be neo-liberally recycled from one conference to the next, or from one publication to the other, just to produce X papers per year. But how many times can one be innovative, original, and radical over the course of a career? A story about finding (and possibly losing) a true love: anthropology.
On 20th of August 2014, the city of Munich enacted a ban on begging in its downtown area with the intention of tackling so-called ‘forced begging’. The ban is, however, primarily targeting and outlawing so-called ‘poverty immigrants’ from Romania and Bulgaria. What kind of exclusionist logics are underlying this ban?
A new entrepreneurial figure is making its presence felt in Germany unifying two apparent opposites: economic and social activity. So-called “social entrepreneurs” do not focus on profit margins alone, but instead seek to address the social and ecological challenges of our times – doing “good” through doing business. What inspires people to found a social company, and what do they experience over the course of day-to-day business?
For Palestinians in the West Bank an ever growing array of movement restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation have become part of a troubling routine: growing settlements combined with economic and political pressure make movement as such a question of survival. And yet the routine of crossing borders, of heading for new places and the refusal to leave have also become forms of everyday resistance that challenge this military occupation.
Anthropologists tend to insist on acknowledging the differences of cultural phenomena, thereby often rendering their research useless to non-anthropologists. Are we trapped of being never more than the critics of psychologists, economists and pundits? Drawing on our research from the Global Social Media Impact Study, we discovered that there could be a solution: ‘Yes-But’.