Monthly Archives: December 2014

The human economy hits Italian shores

The human economy approach hits Italian shores in the last number of historic liberal left-wing journal Critica Liberale, just appeared in print.

In a brilliant piece titled “La globalizzazione dell’apartheid [The globalization of apartheid]”, Keith Hart, LSE Centennial Professor and co-director of the Human Economy Programme in Pretoria, engages Europe and European liberalism from a global south perspective, more specifically South Africa and its regional economy. He builds on some of the arguments in a piece recently appeared in Anthropology Today, and an older article of some years ago from his Memory Bank website.

In my article “Tra stato, mercato e societa’: la crisi italiana e l’economia umana [Between state, market and society: the Italian crisis and the human economy]”, I try to explore some of the possibilities of developing a human economy approach to understand the Italian crisis, with a strong focus on informality and society to counter more common top-down state-market analyses.

Claudia Lopedote, sitting in the editorial board of the journal, provides the essential linkages between the human economy experience and Italian debates in her piece “Economia umana [Human economy]”.

South Africa in world development: prospects for a human economy

I am thrilled to announce the publication of an article I co-authored with John Sharp (University of Pretoria) and Keith Hart (LSE/University of Pretoria) on South Africa in the world, in the latest issue of Anthropology Today, a high-impact anthropology journal that aims to foster anthropological engagement with current affairs and topical issues.

This is one of the many products of a collaboration with the directors of the Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria that has been going on for nearly two years.

The article is in many ways a partial retrospect on 20 years of democracy in South Africa; it also works as a sort of programmatic agenda for some of the crucial issues that need to be addressed on a global level by humankind, if we wish to work towards a better world for all. It is, most of all, a call for movement as a universal human right and one of the most powerful antidotes to inequality and exclusion.

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