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Peer-reviewed article – Hygienisation, gentrification, and urban displacement in Brazil

October 27, 2019

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This article, co-written with Jeff Garmany (University of Melbourne) was published in the journal Antipode. It is available (with open access) here   Abstract This article engages recent debates over gentrification and urban displacement in the global South. While researchers increasingly suggest that gentrification is becoming widespread in “Southern” cities, others argue that such analyses […]

Peer-reviewed article – Rio de Janeiro’s favela assemblage

January 29, 2018

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Article published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space   Abstract Assemblage thinking offers a new conceptual toolkit for analysing the relationship between society and space. However, major questions remain regarding both its ontological propositions and how it might be applied to the analysis of specific socio-spatial objects. This article contributes to these debates […]

Morro do Tuiuti: The hill that tells the story of Rio de Janeiro

August 22, 2013

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This article was written for Rio on Watch If hills could speak, Morro do Tuiuti (Tuiuti Hill) would have a lot to say. It has borne witness to many of Rio de Janeiro’s key physical and social transformations over more than two hundred years. A lost history When the Portuguese royal family–in flight from Napoleon’s invading […]

Polanyi’s double movement and imperial hegemony: A review of Arrighi and Silver

May 8, 2013

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This review was written for the Observatório das Metrópoles, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, as Polanyi: A hegemonia do Reino Unido e dos EUA no sistema mundo In their article ‘Polanyi’s Double Movement: The Belle Époques of British and U.S. Hegemony Compared‘ (2003), Beverly Silver and Giovanni Arrighi compare the hegemonic eras of the United Kingdom at […]

Polanyi’s ‘double movement’ and US-European divergence: A review of Block’s neo-Polanyian framework

February 18, 2013

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This review was published in Portuguese for the newsletter of the Observatório das Metrópoles at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, as ‘Trajetórias divergentes: EUA e Europa Ocidental | Perspectivas de Karl Polanyi’ Summary In this article Frederik Block (2007) adopts the conceptual framework of theorist Karl Polanyi in an attempt to explain how the […]

Riots, Culture and Iain Duncan Smith’s Poverty of Analysis

November 9, 2012

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This article can be viewed on the New Left Project website

Let’s talk about culture, Mr Starkey

September 6, 2012

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In the heated and polarised debates that gripped Britain in the aftermath of the riots of August 2011, one statement stood out as particularly intriguing. Historian David Starkey, arguing of the need for “plain speaking” at such times of crisis, declared on the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Newsnight, that “the whites have become black”. […]