In Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, decisionism is already part of the reality, as one can identify among the various threats against the Supreme Court and its ministers, as well as in protests calling for the Supreme Court’s closure. If these demonstrations were isolated and had no support from state agents, there would be no ground for concern. However, several people in power positions compact with this idea For instance, here are 6 signs of an ongoing decisionist project in Brazil.
Amid the 2019 carnival, the federal government had reduced the participation of civil society in the deliberative spheres of power, and thus, entered (through the back door) in a classic phenomenon of Political Anthropology: the Carnivalization of Politics or, as we call it here, the cannibalization of CF88.
Sharing knowledge through anthropological archives of the Bancroft library: a research note on Curt Nimendaju and Robert Lowie
The anthropological legacy of the German-Brazilian researcher Curt Unckel Nimuendaju (1883-1945) has been the subject of many reflections in the last decade. His works were developed in dozens of indigenous tribes and imply a broader network, involving Brazilian and international institutions. In this short text, I would like to present some notes about Curt Nimuendaju and Robert Lowie (1883-1958) partnership. It came from the post-doctoral research entitled “From the urban institutions to the electronic sites: an ethnography of photographic collections and anthropological archives in Berkeley”. A general question guided it: how can we reflect upon the processes of digitization of anthropological images and archives, their conditions of use and online availability, ethical issues, policies, and potentialities of its contemporary uses? Another correlated question is about how archive collections were formed and managed throughout the time?
The globalization process has created a market opportunity to expand service businesses and attend diverse niche markets. The development of technology, by its turn, democratized access to knowledge and digital communication worldwide. Through online platforms, the final customer has access to the newest services and products worldwide, and, therefore, market trends and technologies are changing faster. These factors combined have been challenging the business model to create innovative strategies to meet customers' needs and stand out among competitors.
Dr. David Meek (Assistant Professor of Global Studies, University of Oregon) is an environmental anthropologist, critical geographer, and food systems education scholar with area specializations in Brazil and India. Professor Meek theoretically grounds his research in a synthesis of political ecology, critical pedagogy, and agrarian studies. His interests include sustainable agriculture, social movements, and environmental education.
João Alberto Silveira Freitas: why does the world not know his name, and Brazil is so tempted to forget it?
When we look back on 2020, the first fact that comes to mind is the COVID-19 pandemic and its harsh effects on public health and the world economy. However, suppose we reflect a bit longer. In that case, another event of global relevance stands out: the killing of the African-American citizen George Floyd during a police arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota (the United States of America).
In 2002, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was elected President, after presenting in his campaign the fight against inequality through the Fome Zero Program as his main agenda. However, due to political, economic, and social differences within the Workers' Party, a coalition who advocated a structurally simpler program than Fome Zero was formed. This group defended a direct income transfer program, in which the receiving family would not necessarily have to spend on food, but on the needs of any source. Because of this, an intra-party conflict happened in 2003 between the “Food Security” coalition, which was an advocate of the Fome Zero Program, and the “Basic Income” coalition, to determine which type of public policy should remain a priority in the fight against hunger in Brazil.
Christian Zionism was unnoticed in Brazil until the 2018 presidential elections. The candidate for the presidency of the Republic, Jair Messias Bolsonaro, supported massively by some Pentecostal churches, by Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, by Assembleia de Deus, and by Congregação Cristã do Brasil, as well as politicians and bishops that constitute the so-called "Bancada Evangélica" of the Brazilian parliament, appeared on the scene amid popular demonstrations taking as central symbols Brazil's flag along with the American and Israelis flags.
The 1988 Constitution is a milestone in the Brazilian journey towards a Democratic State that ensures the exercise of social and individual rights, freedom, equality, and the end of prejudice, breaking with a past marked by violence, intolerance, and authoritarianism. It highlights what should be the destiny of Brazil: a socioeconomically developed, fair, and an environmentally balanced country whose pillars of society are pluralism, social participation, and harmony with the peaceful resolution of controversies.
It is with great pleasure that we publish our first interview, an effort that takes multiple people from multiple backgrounds to be finished. I am not going to give away our process, but let’s say it included a list of researchers and relevant people in the field and we eagerly look for someone in that same area of interest to […]