Feb 13, 2011

The Anthropology of a Revolution

The spark has been ignited and the whole world is aflame.  The Egyptian people rose up and took back their country, and, in so doing, sent waves of response and reaction across the globe.  Democratic uprisings have now occurred in several other Islamic nations, and commentators in the West are beginning to wonder: Why not here?  Yes... why not? 
The blogosphere has been buzzing over the last few weeks with news and analysis of the uprising in Egypt.  I want to share some of the best - most anthropological - coverage that I've seen:

Graham Harman has been providing detailed coverage of the events including his own experience return to Egypt during the protests and being evacuated.  
At Immanence, Adrian Ivakhiv provides some thoughts on the revolution from a process-relational perspective.  He also offers a look at the affective resonance that drives these types of events. 
At Zero Anthropology, Max Forte has been serving up insight in his usual provocative style, including a piece on what he calls the "(Hillary) Clinton Doctrine" of foreign policy at play right now in Egypt and other nations.
Chris Vitale has posted Eleven Theses Toward a Theory of Political Change, drawing lessons from the Egyptian people.
Krista Tippett's On Being had a special program titled "Demonstrations, Hopes, and Dreams" in which she interviewed Anthropologist Scott Atran about the future of Egypt and the role of the US in democratic uprisings.
Undestanding Society asks the question "Is there a Revolution Underway in Egypt?"
Kerim at Savage Minds speculates on the role of social media in the events in Egypt.  
And Michael at Archive Fire offers his Congratulations to the Egyptian People

If I've missed anything, I apologize.  Please feel free to add your own links in the comments section.


  1. Lorenz Khazaleh at antropologi.info has a great round-up of anthropologists' reactions and analysis about what is happening in Egypt.

    Btw, great idea to have this blog moving forward again.

  2. Thanks for posting this Jeremy.

    @JM: I agree that it's a good idea to get this site going again. My time has freed up a bit more this semester--finally--so I can tend to the online fires a bit more once again.


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