Venezuela Field Diary: Two weeks in the field

Harry Greatorex Postgraduate Researcher, DEV, University of East Anglia 16th August 2013. Mérida, Venezuela I wanted to write this partly to keep friends and family informed, partly with a view to perhaps being read by other researchers, and in part to begin to share information about what’s happening in this corner of Venezuela. I won’t…

‘…Or Dictator?’ How media narratives mask the debate about Chavez’s Venezuela

When I arrived in Caracas in December, Chavez was in Cuba being treated for the cancer that would eventually take his life, sparking international debate around his character and legacy.For the Chavistas I know, the reactionary and sensationalist editorial policies of the Guardian and other supposedly left-wing broadsheets were nothing new. What was most concerning…

Transitional Ethnographies: Power Shifts and Intranational Development

A classic anthropological critique of development connects ethnocentricism in international development with the problematics of power. Failings of the global community to ‘develop’ out of poverty can thus be attributed to the imposition of inappropriate and top-down systems of economy or politics – a neoliberal, capitalist, or free-market approach to name the most often-cited candidates.…