No culture without power

“Practices like female genital mutilation tend to occur in situations where women have been the ones with less power and men have had more power. You may say, well, female genital mutilation is part of their culture – which suggests that they have agreed on this. I have my doubts. Because I frequently think that culture is involved in a power equation. If you change the power equation, are you really going to find all the people – men, women, young, old – still wanting to stick to these customs?”

Ulf Hannerz about anthropology, politics, and culture.

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Politics and power in Jordan’s Za'atari refugee camp

Jordan’s Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees is now the fourth largest population centre in the country. As the settlement is slowly transforming into something much more permanent, humanitarian relief agencies become increasingly involved in the political government of the camp population, not without resistance.

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Politics and power in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp

Jordan’s Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees is now the fourth largest population centre in the country. As the settlement is slowly transforming into something much more permanent, humanitarian relief agencies become increasingly involved in the political government of the camp population, not without resistance.

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“Is this true love?”

A fieldnote from Tangier, Morocco (March 2013)

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European Borders on a sheet of paper
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European Borders on a sheet of paper

Rabat, Morocco (September 2012)

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What does 1000000000000 mean?

Let’s change the perspective within the euro crisis. There is more to politics than macro-economics and incomprehensible numbers. A visit to a support meeting in Murcia, Spain, can give us an idea how it feels to lose a home after 30 years of working.

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