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Austerity en route, from Lisbon to Luanda

Journal article
Authors Ruy Llera Blanes
Published in Focaal : European Journal of Anthropology
Volume 83
Issue 1
Pages 37-50
ISSN 0920-1297
Publication year 2019
Published at School of Global Studies
Pages 37-50
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.3167/fcl.2019.83...
Keywords activism; Angola; austerity; political semantics; Portugal
Subject categories Social Anthropology

Abstract

In this article, through a set of ethnographic vignettes from fieldwork conducted in Angola since 2015, I discuss the political semantics of crisis and austerity, and simultaneously outline an itinerary of a “traveling austerity” between Portugal and Angola, exposing the interconnectedness and mutual binding of both political and economic contexts. Invoking stories of migrant workers in Luanda and the work of local “financial activists” protesting against financial inequality in Angola, I question the relevance of national-based approaches to austerity politics, explore conceptualizations of austerity beyond its “original,” mainstream Eurocentric setting, and argue towards the necessity of analyzing transnational intersections in the study of austerity.

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