The April 2021 issue contains important insights on Covid-19, the marginalisation of indigenous groups in Argentina and the lived experiences of half-widows in Kashmir.
Covid-19 intensifies other social catastrophes, feeding on the ruins of structural inequality and the racism that condemns the marginalised to loss of agency, social apartheid and disposability, argues Ahmed Kabel and Robert Phillipson in their lead article ‘Structural violence and hope in catastrophic times’ for the April issue. Covid-19 has lain bare the ‘necropolitics of neoliberalism’ – its power to dictate life and death undergirded by racialised, class, gendered and neocolonial logics.
These are key insights continued in ‘Covid-19 and the marginalisation of indigenous groups in Argentina’ by Benjamin Haas, Tobias Monch and Lara Cervi who show how the pandemic has reinforced the stigmatisation and exclusion of indigenous groups in Argentina and intensified practices of spatialised marginalisation. They crucially show how extractivist projects like soybean cultivation and mining have been and continue to be a pillar of the Argentine economy, with deforestation causing pollution, impoverishment and the displacement of communities.
Another group of people whose suffering remains very rarely acknowledged is ‘half-widows’ in Kashmir, whose husbands have been disappeared by the state, leaving women in an unresolved and perpetual state of grief, with legal, economic, social and psychological impacts. Building on interviewers exploring the lived-experiences of half-widows, three scholars show how the suffering experienced by women in conflict zones goes beyond death, rape and devastation.
- Structural violence and hope in catastrophic times: from Camus’ The Plague to Covid-19 by Ahmed Kabel and Robert Phillipson
- Garvey-Rodney-Marley: a Pan-African bridge over Cuba by Samuel Furé Davis
- An alternative world: a perspective from the North on racism and migration
by Kristín Loftsdóttir
- Islamophobia in Myanmar: the Rohingya genocide and the ‘war on terror’ by Naved Bakali
- Covid-19 and the marginalisation of indigenous groups in Argentina by Benjamin Haas, Tobias Mönch and Lara Cervi
- Half-widows: silent victims of the Kashmir conflict by Wasia Hamid, Mohmad Saleem Jahangir and Tanveer Ahmad Khan
- Britain’s authoritarian turn by Frances Webber
- The Brutish Museums: the Benin Bronzes, colonial violence and cultural restitution by Dan Hicks (Colin Prescod)
- The Next Great Migration: the story of movement on a changing planet
by Sonia Shah (Liz Fekete)
- Fighting for a Hand to Hold: confronting medical colonialism against Indigenous children in Canada by Samir Shaheen-Hussain (Kasim Ali Tirmizey)
- Photography of Protest and Community: the radical collectives of the 1970s by Noni Stacey (Chris Searle)
- The Game Is Not A Game: the power, protest, and politics of American sports by Robert Scoop Jackson (Braham Dabscheck)
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