Volume 7, Issue 2

Duterte, Erdogan, Orban, Putin, Le Pen, Modi, Zuma and Trump – they all seem to be cut from a similar nationalist, xenophobic, authoritarian cloth. The triumph of Trump has given new energy to illiberal movements and right-wing dictatorships. Undoubtedly, the political reaction has been in the making for decades as liberal democracies have propelled third-wave […]

by Walden Bello, State University of New York, Binghamton and former member of the Philippine House of Representatives. With the victory of the Nazi counterrevolution, Joseph Goebbels famously said, “The year 1789 is hereby erased from history.” Along the same lines, could one argue that the rising fascist movements in the US, Europe, and elsewhere […]

by Ayaz Qureshi, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Over the past three decades, as more and more developing countries have sent their citizens overseas to work, Pakistani citizens have been recruited as laborers to the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. […]

by Nida Kirmani, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Development agencies and international financial institutions argue that increasing women’s economic participation will lead to both economic growth and women’s empowerment – a win-win situation. Further, it is often assumed that women who are economically active will be less vulnerable to gender-based violence. Based on fieldwork […]

by Kaveri Qureshi, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Thirty-eight-year-old Sukaina is a Londoner of Pakistani heritage. Married at eighteen to a cousin in Lancashire, Sukaina had three children by her mid-twenties. But even before her third child was born, her marriage went irreparably awry. Her husband started working as a taxi driver. With the […]

by Tania Saeed, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Britain’s educational institutions are increasingly being drawn into the state’s security agenda. Under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (CTSA) 2015, educational institutions have a “statutory duty” to report students considered “at risk” of being radicalized. The signs or symptoms of this “radicalisation” are difficult to define; […]

by Amen Jaffer, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Since the last decade of the twentieth century, the Pakistani economy has been transformed by privatization and deregulation – a neo-liberal economic order which has been sustained through governments of different political parties and a military dictatorship. Yet despite an overarching consensus among the political elite, […]

The Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman has died at the age of 91, bringing to an end his remarkable career as one of the contemporary world’s leading sociologists. It is very difficult to sum up the life and work of such a vital figure, but it is entirely true, as Keith Tester put it, that “the […]

Zygmunt Bauman’s biography could be easily molded into a dominant narrative of twentieth-century Polish intelligentsia. After the traumatic experience of war, fascinated by the communist project, this generation was briefly involved in attempts to repair real existing socialism, before discovering its unchanging, totalitarian nature. Later, the same intelligentsia would be involved in the overthrow of […]

When the Emperor departs, there is often mourning, and some gloating. Is this an interregnum? Was Zygmunt Bauman an emperor? I don’t think so. He was a latecomer to fame, a reluctant celebrity, hopeless at the ten-second grab. Understanding, as he would say, does not come in bite-sized pieces. His was an untidy prominence. He […]