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The Two Singapores: From the Worker’s View

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“The Two Singapores” is an ongoing interview miniseries run by Somatosphere to interrogate Singapore’s COVID-19 response, in particular in its handling of the explosion of cases among migrant workers living in cramped dormitories. The series aims to shed a light on Singapore’s reliance on cheap migrant labor in maintaining its image as a glitzy, cosmopolitan city-state, and aims to offer

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The Two Singapores: On The Ground (from Home)

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“The Two Singapores” is an ongoing interview miniseries run by Somatosphere to interrogate Singapore’s COVID-19 response, in particular in its handling of the explosion of cases among migrant workers living in cramped dormitories. The series aims to shed a light on Singapore’s reliance on cheap migrant labor in maintaining its image as a glitzy, cosmopolitan city-state, and aims to offer

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Author Discussion

Editor’s note: in the following author discussion, the authors of the books reviewed in this forum respond to a series of questions and, in the indented text, to one another’s responses as well.

1. One of the themes that emerges across these three books is the importance of labor within global health orders in Africa. The forms that work takes

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Book Forum: Saida Hodžić’s The Twilight of Cutting: African Activism and Life After NGOs

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Saida Hodžić’s The Twilight of Cutting: African Activism and Life after NGOs (University of California Press, 2017) illuminates the myriad state and non-state actors collaborating on campaigns against “Female Genital Mutilation” (FGM) in Ghana, where genital cutting was already on the decline. From a uniquely multi-scalar perspective, Hodžić reveals how cutting emerged as a problem to be shared by African …

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Reply: Feminist Anthropology as Fugitive Practice

I cannot thank the readers enough for their thoughtful and thought-provoking commentaries on The Twilight of Cutting. The beauty and creative rigor of their engagements is inspiring and humbling. Together, the commentaries raise important questions about the objects and endpoints of anthropological analysis, the modes of feminist critique, the political potential of feminist anthropological sensibility, and the challenges of …

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Remarks on The Twilight of Cutting

I]t may be useful to wonder which of the idealisms that make our hearts beat faster will seem wrong-headed to people a hundred years from now.

– Doris Lessing, African Laughter

As a subject engulfed in high-stakes controversy, female genital cutting presents daunting challenges to a researcher as attuned to subtlety and complexity as Saida Hodžić is. Even its …

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