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

August 22, 2013


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


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


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


This article can be viewed on the New Left Project website

Let’s talk about culture, Mr Starkey

September 6, 2012


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”. […]

Cameron’s mistake: British politics and the Return of History

April 26, 2012


An edited version of this article was published for Open Democracy as Cameron’s mistake, Murdoch and the ‘return of history’ The End of History Fukuyama told us that history was over, and David Cameron believed him. In a sense you can understand how he made the mistake. Cameron is the first modern British prime minister […]

News International: Britain’s Camorra

July 19, 2011


An edited version of this article was published on the website Open Democracy as News International: Britain’s Mafia The 2008 film Gomorrah, loosely based on Roberto Saviano’s book of the same name, follows the lives of five people living in the southern Italian city of Naples. Eschewing the tiresome Hollywood format of intertwining stories in which […]