Thomas Eriksen: Politics and Power

Chapter 11, titled “Politics and power” of Thomas Eriksen’s book Small Places, Large Issues: An introduction to social and cultural anthropology deals with the question of what political power is and how it is implemented in different regions and contexts,  especially in decentralized hierarchies, outside the usual institutions such as states and parliaments for which he cites and compares different case studies.

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The end of policing – Part 1 of X

On the matter of police abolishment, I consider myself “moderate”, for now. I see the argument and I sympathize but I am not sure about it yet. And I believe my indecisiveness is not that much a matter of principle as it is a matter of my own insecurity and lack of knowledge. It is a journey for me, as I try to find my place in this discourse as well as in the political spectrum as a whole.

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The history of piracy of the Indian West Coast

Or: Locating the badass Indian pirate princess

Being part of the writing community on twitter, I made friends with some great writers with refreshing story concepts. One of them pitched a story revolving a pirate princess set in India. Being somewhat familiar with piracy, as well as the history of Indian Ocean trade, I offered to put together some resources about piracy in India. This article is the result of my research, outlining the history, politics and feuds  in the world of the badass Indian pirate princess.

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Postcolonialism, 2Pac, and the borders in our head

I had an interesting conversation last night with my former teacher in Iranian studies. We were sitting at the bank of the river Main, listening to 2pac and talking about colonialism in history and politics in the Middle West (aka Europe).

In that context, he led me read his newest article. It wasn’t edited or refined in any way but as soon as it is published, I see there is potential to write a review of that article here.

And just so you don’t set your expectations too high:
2Pac wasn’t mentioned there.