The 10th Man

In an article entitled “The Global Water Grab: A Primer”, Sylvia Kay and Jenny Franco discuss the phenomenon known as water grabbing, situations where powerful actors take control of or divert valuable water resources for their own benefit, depriving local communities of them. This practice is linked to the privatization and commodification of open and…

Space Wars

I recently learned about “insurgent citizenship”, a term coined by James Holston, and it refers to instances where people take their citizenship into their own hands when the state fails to meet their needs. In his book, “Insurgent Citizenship: Disjunctions of Democracy and Modernity in Brazil”, Holston examined social mobilizations of the people that “developed…

Plan B

The focus this week was on “household strategies”, the different ways that households deal with economic crises. Here are some strategies that I learned about and would like to share with all of you: Manipulating Household Size/Composition is a way of contending with economic crises and there are many different ways of achieving this. One…