Monthly Archives: July 2011

Scalecraft and the Catholic Church

In a recent article, ‘The craft of scalar practices,’ our own Alistair Fraser introduces the idea of scalecraft to refer to the ‘skills, aptitudes, and experiences at issue in working with scale.’ In his paper, Alistair identifies the importance of scalecraft within colonial administration and in the economic practices of transnational corporations. He also offers […]

What makes a famine ‘official’?

It has been shocking to read about the food crisis in Somalia and other parts of East Africa. This week the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network officially declared a state of famine in two regions of southern Somalia, […]