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Rebuilding the post-Covid-19 economy through an industrial strategy that secures livelihoods

UK

The Covid-19 crisis has further exacerbated the insecurity of livelihoods in the UK. This commentary reflects on what resources the UK has to fulfil the calls to ‘build back better,’ to transform the economy to prioritise health and wellbeing over economic growth.

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Imagining a welfare state that supports secure livelihoods

UK

The pandemic has clearly exposed the inability of our existing welfare system to provide people with an adequate safety net to navigate times of crisis. The significant rise in food poverty, debt and extreme financial vulnerability caused by the pandemic is clear evidence of this.

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Identifying and understanding local priorities for developing an ‘Economy of Belonging’: A case study of eight areas in the UK

UK

The recent outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has reanimated the discussion of socio-economic inequalities and livelihoods’ insecurity across the UK. There is a clear disconnect between policymaking frameworks, macroeconomic theories, and empirical exercises using national and regional statistical data, on the one hand, with the lived experiences of individuals and communities at the local level, on the other.

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Towards Prosperity: Reinvigorating Local Economies through Universal Basic Services

Prosperity

As we enter a new decade the future is increasingly uncertain. This paper focuses on interpreting existing research on localism and the foundational economy in light of recent discussions concerning Universal Basic Services. We argue that localisation of basic services should form the basis of a new industrial strategy for the 2020’s.

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Acceptability and Feasibility of Proposed Control and Prevention Strategies for Bovine Tuberculosis among Ethiopian Dairy Farmers and Associated Professionals

Africa

A series of Focus Group Discussions were held with farmers, veterinarians and human health workers in two sites in Ethiopia, as part of the Ethiopia Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategies Project’s efforts to devise and test the acceptability and feasibility of various control strategies for Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB).

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Prosperity and the New Normal: Social Distancing and the Exit from Lockdown

The rapid policy response to quash the spread of the Covid-19 virus has been social distancing and lockdown. But these immediate policy goals cannot be maintained in the long-term management of the virus and for economic and societal wellbeing.

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Power, participation and their problems: A consideration of power dynamics in the use of participatory epidemiology for one health and zoonoses research

Africa

The use of Participatory Epidemiology in veterinary research intends to include livestock keepers and other local stakeholders in research processes and the development of solutions to animal health problems, including potentially zoonotic diseases.

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Towards a shared prosperity: co-designing solutions in Lebanon’s spaces of displacement

Prosperity

This article argues that a citizen science and participatory planning approach to infrastructure can lead to significant outcomes for improving quality of life, as well as building pathways to shared prosperity in diverse urban environments.

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Understanding Prosperity in East London: Local Meanings and “Sticky” Measures of the Good Life

Prosperity

How prosperity is conceptualized and measured is more than an intellectual exercise. This is not simply because indicators and metrics have powerful knowledge and governance effects. Fields of action, and thereby possibilities for change, are limited or enabled by the concepts and language that citizens, policy makers, governments, and academics use to theorize, act on and measure prosperity.

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Ethiopian Dairy and Animal Health Policy Sector: A Stakeholders' Network Analysis

Africa

A multitude of actors with diverse interests are involved in the Ethiopian dairy and animal disease control policy field categorized under producers, processors, input suppliers, traders, support services, regulators, consumers and zoonotic disease control. Milk and meat producers, large or small, face problems of feed shortage, high price of improved feeds, animal diseases, land acquisition, getting legal status for holdings and lack of support services such as veterinary service, extension, business advices as well as waste management.

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Whose business is prosperity?

Prosperity

Henrietta L. Moore argues that business needs to deliver sustainable prosperity for people and planet

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'Community and prosperity beyond social capital: The case of Newham, East London'

UK

Using data from Newham, London, this article argues that a narrow focus on social capital obfuscates the complexity of community dynamics, leading to misconceptions about the causes of social fragmentation. In the case of Newham, we show that while survey data on social capital suggests that diversity is detrimental to community life, a more nuanced analysis reveals that it is in fact an important part of community cohesion.

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'Prosperity in crisis and the longue durée in Africa'

Africa

This article uses research from Kenya and Zambia to demonstrate how a long-running – but temporally and spatially variable – focus on agricultural productivity has shaped the character of rural life in Africa, and why it has consistently failed to deliver enlarged forms of prosperity based on quality of life and ecological well-being.

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'Super-diversity and the prosperous society'

UK

Drawing on ethnographic material from East London, the authors contend that, in super-diverse places, ethnic diversity could become a valuable aspect of community life, while inequalities in social, cultural and symbolic capital become central points of social antagonism to the detriment of prosperity.

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Back to the Grindstone?

Africa

This article presents observations on grinding-stone implements and their uses in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, northwest Kenya.

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Landscape, time and cultural resilience

Africa

In their article 'Landscape, time and cultural resilience: a brief history of agriculture in Pokot and Marakwet, Kenya' Matthew Davies and Henrietta Moore consider the Marakwet and Pokot communities of northwest Kenya, both of which have been subjected to a range of external agricultural interventions. The authors find a dynamic, yet hidden ‘cultural resilience’ spanning several centuries.

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Women, marketplaces and exchange partners amongst the Marakwet of northwest Kenya

Africa

Based on recent fieldwork, this paper examines the intersecting economic activities of Marakwet women in northwest Kenya with a particular focus on exchange friendships. We highlight the need to expand previous definitions of tilia, based on male exchange of livestock, to include a variety of exchange friendships including those between women.

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'Global Prosperity and Sustainable Development Goals'

Prosperity

There is no single route to prosperity; diversity of objectives is essential and fundamental. Learning from initiatives in the Global South, such as the case of agroecology, might pave the way towards this paradigm shift.

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Ethiopia Control of Bovine TB Strategies (ETHICOBOTS)

Africa

Bovine tuberculosis in Ethiopia is a rapidly growing issue, not just for the agricultural sector but with wider social, economic and health implications.

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The next big challenge!

UK

Henrietta L. Moore has been appointed to lead the new Institute of Global Prosperity at University College London (UCL). The institute will be part of The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment in October when Professor Moore joins UCL.

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The Marakwet Research Station

Africa

The Marakwet Research Station is situated in Tot-Sibou Village in the Kerio Valley, northwest Kenya

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Editorial: Female genital mutilation/cutting

Africa

Targeted interventions can work, but more remains to be done to change people’s behaviour

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‘Avatars and Robots: The Imaginary Present and the Socialities of the Inorganic’

Other

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'Epistemology and Ethics: Perspectives from Africa’

Africa

There has been much discussion in anthropology of the problem of belief and of the difficulties inherent in understanding and interpreting alternative life-worlds. One consequence of anthropological understanding and interpretation being intimately tied to the epistemological and ethical project of contextualization is that other people’s knowledge is often rendered as parochial, defined by its local contexts and scope.

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‘The Truths of Anthropology’

Other

Let’s start with a deceptively simple question: is truth the aim of our inquiries? If the search for truth is an impossible one then what is the purpose of our endeavours? Some have suggested that truth does not exist, that it cannot be more than relative or subjective. In these arguments there is often an untimely slippage between the idea that truth is unstable, absolutely not absolute, and the view that truth is therefore not something to be sought, not something worth bothering about.

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‘On Being Young’

Other

I want to suggest that there are three key areas of theoretical difficulty: how to theorise children’s agency, how to theorise their rights, and how to theorise the nature of the ‘child’ itself. These are not new theoretical questions. They are all interconnected, and they link to and underpin such diverse domains of enquiry as children and social policy, war trauma and child soldiers, cognitive development, language use, sexuality and labour.

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‘Global anxieties: concept-metaphors and pre-theoretical commitments in anthropology’

Other

This article begins by interrogating the problem of the globa land the local in anthropology, and asks how their interconnections might be theorized. When anthropologists call for an examination of the global in concrete terms, they often fail to appreciate the place of ‘concept-metaphors’ whose purpose is to maintain ambiguity and a productive tension between universal claims and specific historical contexts.

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The Business of Funding: Science, Social Science and Wealth in the United Kingdom

UK

Two events loomed large in the imagination of those employed by universities in England this year: the publication of the Research Assessment Exercise results and the agreement on a new review system for quality assurance in Higher Education.

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'The Health of Children and Young People: Setting a Research Agenda'

UK

This paper summarises and updates the report of one of the seven Expert Working Groups established by the UK’s Health Education Authority (HEA) in October 1996 to look at the potential for health promotion with key populations – in this case that of children and young people. It seeks to establish a revitalised agenda for research into the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK.

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The Future of Work

Gender

This paper looks at the changing nature of work, drawing primarily on examples from the less developed and newly industrialized countries of the world. It suggests several ways we might have to revise or extend our understanding of the term 'work' in light of increased female participation in the waged labour force.

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''Divided We Stand': Sex, Gender and Sexual Difference.'

Gender

Moore, H. (1994). 'Divided We Stand': Sex, Gender and Sexual Difference. Feminist Review, 47, pp. 78-95.

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