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“Bureaucrats are the evil sisters of ethnographers”: Discussing a new anthropology of bureaucracy

David Graeber, Laura Bear and Nayanika Mathur were recently in conversation at the London School of Economics (LSE) on the anthropology of bureaucracy. They reflected on the connections between their recent publications that propose a new anthropology of bureaucracy (Bear, Navigating Austerity: Currents of debt Along a South Asian River, Stanford 2015; Graeber, The Utopia […]

Flexible Bureaucracy & The “Public Good”: Land Restitution in Post-Apartheid South Africa

In its spring 2015 volume, The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology published the special issue “Remaking the Public Good: A New Anthropology of Bureaucracy”, edited by Laura Bear and Nayanika Mathur. In this blog post, Olaf Zenker – contributor of the article “De-judicialization, Outsourced Review and All-too-flexible Bureaucracies in South African Land Restitution” – describes how […]