In the web series ‘An African City’, five highly qualified and fashion obsessed young women decide to return to the continent where their ancestors were born – to Africa. Is this the new African elite?
A fieldnote from Munich, Germany (October 2013)
…one day humankind will be living in huge, well planned, structured and organised cities, where everyone will have his or her needs fulfilled in this life of 24/7-availability…
“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.
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.