The Cleansing. "Law in a Lawless Land: Diary of a Limpieza in Colombia", by Michael T. Taussig [review]
I love this new work, which finds its roots in Marx and Walter Benjamin, because it has such strong explanatory force, unlike the fairly simple social science still dominating our institutions, which is basically about descriptions and statistics. Too many researchers are happy to let someone else come along later to do something significant with ‘the data’ collected. How much more powerful to create one’s own significance urgently in this writing, to forge a necessary blend of history and political economics, and, at the same time, to understand the value of cultures.