The Wire

Some months ago Jeremy recommended The Wire to me, describing it as anthropological. I just finished watching the last episode of the last season, and being an anthropologist myself, I have to agree that this looks pretty much ethnographic. HBO is known for their good shows. Hell, the last piece of TV that I really… Read More »

Up To Speed

My time in Benin came to an end a couple of weeks ago, and I left the cute, not-even-anyway-near-as-rowdy-as-Lagos-but-busy-enough-to-be-called-a-city Cotonou. I spent a couple of days in Lagos and then went to the University of Nigeria Nsukka for some work. That was my second time in southeastern Nigeria and I decided to go by road… Read More »

On Being Native and Getting Co-opted

How much should one get involved with the field? Don’t get me wrong, this is not about activist ethnography, at least not explicitly. One of the problems of being a native anthropologist is the presence of the possibility of being co-opted by the field. As you probably know already, I am a Nigerian doing fieldwork… Read More »


Thanks Owen for checking in on me! It is nice to know that some people get around here. I am in the last few weeks of fieldwork, and it has got really intense. I am discovering holes in my knowledge, and I am trying to plug them before I leave. I realise that I cannot… Read More »

Project Syndicate

I just discovered the Project Syndicate site…. I am not yet done exploring it, but I think it promises to be interesting. The objectives, according to the home page, are: – bringing distinguished voices from across the world to local audiences everywhere; – strengthening the independence of printed media in transition and developing countries; –… Read More »

Some Trade Policy-Related Papers

Emerging Economies and the WTO Ms. Mariarosaria Iorio of the International Gender and Trade Network (IGTN) thinks, among other things, that the fact that the insistence of emerging economies on keeping the Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) during the last Doha Round, an insistence that led to the breakdown of the round, shows that the world… Read More »