Research activity – publications, posters & conferences – October 2015

Central image from Andrew Sanchez's new book

Central image from Andrew Sanchez’s new book

New Books!

Dr Andrew Sanchez
Sanchez, A. 2015. Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India (London; New Delhi; New York: Routledge) Criminal Capital explores the relationship between neoliberalism, criminality and the reshaping of class in modern India. It discusses how the political vocabularies of urban industrial workers reflect the processes by which power is distributed across the region. Based upon field research among a ‘casualised’ workforce in the industrial city of Jamshedpur, the book examines the links between the decline of employment security and criminality in trade unions, corporations and the state.

The volume compares popular discourses of corruption against the ethnography of local labour politics, business enterprise and debt collection, and shows how corruption and criminality consolidate class power in industrial environments. Using an interdisciplinary ethnographic approach, this study interrogates the relationship between capitalism, corruption, violence and labour politics in contemporary Indian society.

An important intervention in the study of Indian political economy, this work will be of interest to scholars and researchers of Indian politics, social anthropology, economics, labour relations and criminology.

Dr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios. (ed.) 2015. De-Pathologizing Resistance: Anthropological Interventions. London: Routledge.
In a time of renewed interest in insurrectionary movements, urban protest, and anti-austerity indignation, the idea of resistance is regaining its relevance in social theory. De-Pathologizing Resistance re-examines resistance as a concept that can aid social analysis, highlighting the dangers of pathologising resistance as illogical and abnormal, or exoticising it in romanticised but patronising terms. Taking a de-pathologising and de-exoticising perspective, this book brings together insights from older and newer studies, the intellectual biographies of its contributing authors, and case studies of resistance in diverse settings, such as Egypt, Greece, Israel, and Mexico. From feminist studies to plaza occupations and anti-systemic uprisings, there is an emerging need to connect the analysis of contemporary protest movements under a broader theoretical re-examination. The idea of resistance—with all of its contradictions and its dynamism—provides such a challenging opportunity. This book was originally published as a special issue ofHistory and Anthropology.


Melanie Dembinsky, alumna, PhD in Anthropology 2013
Dembinsky, M. (2015), Social circulation and consumption of breast cancer health information among Yamatji in Western Australia. The Australian Journal of Anthropology. doi: 10.1111/taja.12167

Sally Applin, PhD student in Anthropology
Sally Applin had a paper published in the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, “Ich liebe Dich UBER alles in der Welt (I love you more than anything else in the world),” in June 2015, pp. 13–15

Sally Applin has had an article published on the EPIC anthropology blog. “Could Communication Overload Result in Police Mistakes?”,  EPIC, 11 Feb., 2015.

Dr Matt Struebig
The Future of the Bornean Orangutan: Impacts of Change in Land Cover and Climate (2015), in Great Apes Survival Partnership.

Other research activities

research-herbs-insetImpact from our Pukka Herbs project
Professor Douglas MacMillan, Dr Ian Bride and Dr Joseph Tzanopoulos are partnering with the Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) and Pukka Herbs, UK to run a Darwin Initiative project in the North-Western Ghats.  The three-year project has already been successful in brokering FairWild certification and the building of new locally-centralised processing facilities. A short film about this project has been created by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, who funded the early stages of the Darwin Project.  From around 5 minutes in you can meet the project manageer Jayanth Sarnaik (from AERF) and see the new facilities.

Additionally, AERF Directors, Dr. Archana Godbole and Jayant Sarnaik, have been entered into the ‘Hall of Fame’ of Civil Society, a highly respected monthly magazine dedicated to building a profitable, modern media company serving the needs of the citizen and the consumer with quality information.

Doctoral student Sally Applin (co-authored with Professor Fischer) gave a talk at the O’Reilly Internet of Things (IoT) Solid conference on “Thing Theory: Making Sense of IoT Complexity” in San Francisco, June 23, 2015.

A transcript of the talk can be found here:  Link to the talk information is here:

Sally was also one of the judges for the 2015 Technology Expo, TTE Awards, in London, Oct. 2015.

Dr Matt Struebig was in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo for the 3rd Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Conference. During the conference he presented his spatial planning study for Borneo. PhD student Ben Lee presented a chapter of his PhD on the road ecology session. Together they hosted a workshop on acoustic technologies for bat research as well as visiting Bau limestone karst and Mulu World Heritage Site.

Doctoral student Sally Applin has been invited to be a judge for the 2015 Technology Expo, TTE Awards, in London, Oct. 2015.


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