Venezuela Field Diary: Bad dog, good results – Twelve weeks in the field

Harry Greatorex Postgraduate Researcher, DEV, University of East Anglia 18th November 2013, Mérida, Venezuela Came home from work to find a guilty-looking pooch and pieces of passport littered all over the hallway outside my room. Fortunately enough the Venezuelan permanently relaxed attitude has rubbed off on me and I saw the funny side. In the end it…

Venezuela Field Diary: Five weeks in the field

Harry Greatorex Postgraduate Researcher, DEV, University of East Anglia 5th September 2013. Mérida, Venezuela. Haven’t written for three weeks for probably the best possible reasons: everything is going surprisingly to plan. After a fortnight in Merida I visited La Escuelita, the ‘alternative school’ in Barrio Pueblo Nuevo that was part of the reason for choosing…

‘…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.…