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Israeli-Palestinian Murderous Escalation in Context

by Lev Grinberg

Following the slaughter of Israeli civilians, including children and elders, the rape of women, and mutilation and burning of bodies by Hamas on October 7, the public reaction in Israel was “Don’t tell me about the context of the occupation and siege of Gaza, forget about critical theories of colonialism and settler colonialism.” A parallel neglect of context took place in reaction to the bombing and killing of thousands of Palestinian civilians, including women and children, by the Israeli military, destroying entire neighborhoods and displacing 1.9 million Palestinians...

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Water Struggles as Resistance to Neoliberal Capitalism

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Growing up in Australia during the Millennium Drought, water – or the lack of it – was omnipresent. Now that I have lived in northern Europe for most of the last decade, the growing urgency of discussions on diminishing groundwater, drought, and stagnant rivers feels worryingly familiar. For much of the minority world, water has tended to be something that we take for granted. It is when water is absent, when it stops flowing, or when what flows is so polluted that it is unsafe that we start to take notice of the myriad ways in which we are dependent upon water and the ways that...

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The Politics of Fear and the Authoritarian Political Imagination

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One of the most prominent words over the last decade has been “fear.” Here I refer to the multidimensionality of fear: of urban violence; of our bodies being violated; of state violence; of social injustice; of the future; and even existential fear. Reactivity combined with the survival instinct of living under the imminence of a global collapse has made fear a compass for political behavior and the constitution of social bonds. What I will call the “politics of fear” includes aspects that go beyond its recent emergence (notably expressed in the global rise of the far...

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The Need for a Renewed Theory of Authority (and Authoritarianism)

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Authority – and the ways in which it is exercised – is a problem that is as topical as it is urgent. The concerns surrounding this issue include phenomena ranging from social support for authoritarian regimes, authoritarianism itself, teachers’ difficulties in exercising authority in schools or the management of urban spaces, to tensions within families. The urgency and the risks contained in the social and political phenomena we are witnessing today suggest that we must address this issue with greater precision from sociology, and we need to do so with the appropriate tools ...

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Beyond Minoritisation and Coloniality An Interview with Rita Segato

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Rita Segato is a prestigious Argentinean writer, anthropologist, and feminist activist. She is Emeritus Professor at the University of Brasilia and has received, in recent years, almost a dozen degrees honoris causa from European and Latin American universities as well as several other important awards. These include the Frantz Fanon Award from the Caribbean Association of Philosophy for her life’s work (2021) and Outstanding Personality of Culture from the Buenos Aires City Council (2019). She also holds the Rita Segato Chair in ‘Unsettling Thought’...

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South-South Manifesto for an Ecosocial Energy Transition

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More than two years after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic – and now alongside the catastrophic consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – a “new normal” has emerged. This new global status quo reflects a worsening of various crises: social, economic, political, ecological, bio-medical, and geopolitical. Environmental collapse approaches. Everyday life has become ever more militarized. Access to good food, clean water, and affordable healthcare has become even more restricted. More governments have turned autocratic. The wealthy have become wealthier ...

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Green and Internal Colonialism in Africa

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Green colonialism is an extension and a merger of political, economic, and socio-cultural colonialism. It has been built and cemented on the deep-seated coloniality through which African leaders have been programmed to believe, for example, in the international system of heritage conservation. Such leaders have utilised so-called international or alien standards to promote their interests. Besides fortress conservation, colonialism sold the local elites the idea of looking to external economies...

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Energy Transition in North Africa: Colonialism, Dispossession, and Expropriation

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Some transitions to renewable energy can be extractivist and maintain existing dispossession practices, dependencies, and hegemonies. A few examples from the North African region (particularly in Morocco) come to mind. They all show how energy colonialism is reproduced through green colonialism or green grabbing. Morocco’s goal to increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 52% by 2030, in terms of installed capacity, is laudable. However, critical assessment has to be undertaken if what really matters to us is not just any kind of transition but rather a “just...

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The Decarbonisation Consensus

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In recent years, the socio-ecological transition has moved from being an issue restricted to activist groups and scientists to a central focus of contemporary political and economic agendas. However, two important questions arise here. First, in the face of the urgency of decarbonisation, there is a tendency to reduce the socio-ecological transition – an integral understanding of which should encompass the energy, production, food, and urban levels – to the energy transition. The second issue concerns how the energy transition is carried out and who will pay the costs. The...

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Tribute to Izabela Barlinska: 40 Years Dedicated to the ISA

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Over 40 years ago, the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association (ISA), meeting in Poland, also met Izabela for the first time, standing dignified amid drifting snowflakes to welcome us. As the niece of Magdalena Sokołowska, I assumed this doctoral student was only helping with local arrangements. How wrong can one be? This was not one week off her thesis on Virginia Woolf but an introduction to four decades of working for the ISA. We got on immediately; after all, my school had prepared me for a degree in English literature, but I did wonder for several years if we...

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