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In the face of climate change, ranking states by prosperity invites disaster

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Forget standings that put wealthy countries ahead of poor ones on the path to development, we’re all in this together

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Brexit Is Making Us Blind To The Real Jobs Crisis

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The response to this dawning new era of mass redundancy has been building slowly in recent years, but arguably in the wrong direction

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The Shameful Treatment Of Refugees Shows Why A Rethink Is Required

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Like any other group of people, refugees are a resource, a basket of abilities and talents which, if harnessed and integrated appropriately, will be an asset wherever they settle

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New Institutions of Globalisation? Professor Henrietta Moore speaks at Rebuilding Macroeconomics

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Professor Henrietta Moore recently spoke at a workshop hosted by Rethinking Macroeconomics called The Institutions of Globalisation: Globalisation Hub Workshop Summary

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How Lebanon is teaching refugees to thrive, not just survive, and transforming public perceptions in the process

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The work done by projects like Maps and the Relief Centre is essential to stop the perception of refugees as “others” outside the bounds of conventional society and a burden on it, writes Henrietta Moore

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Women are closing the gender pay gap. But there’s still plenty to fight for

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We need to see a much deeper cultural and social change before we can truly claim gender inequalities are a thing of the past, says professor Henrietta Moore

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Artificial intelligence will enhance us, not replace us

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In 1990, futurist Ray Kurzweil made an astonishing prediction, that a computer would pass the Turing test – the test of a machine's ability to match or be indistinguishable from human intelligence – between 2020 and 2050.

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Here's What 'Spreadsheet Phil' Should Have Done For A Truly Radical Budget

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It’s true that the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, was able to produce a few headline-grabbing giveaways, especially around housing, an issue which the Prime Minister has pledged to take “personal charge” of solving.

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Forget a basic income - here’s how Universal Basic Services could fund housing and transport for all

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A state service provision could help our society cope with a changing job market. And best of all: it could be fiscally neutral

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Our Welfare System Needs A Radical Overhaul. It’s Time For Universal Basic Services

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New research published by UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity, based on analysis by Professor Jonathan Portes of King’s College London and the economist Howard Reed, shows not only that UBI may be impractical, but that an alternative solution could be put in place at an affordable cost to the public purse. We call this idea Universal Basic Services.

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Institute for Global Prosperity publish first report on Universal Basic Services

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At a time of austerity, it is sometimes difficult to remember that the UK is one of the richest countries on the planet. Rising homelessness and the use of foodbanks are just a couple of indicators that a portion of our society is being left behind. In a move to rethink the country’s economic strategy, the Institute for Global Prosperity has published a paper that recommends an overhaul to conventional government policies.

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Democratising food: Why sustainable prosperity depends on a radical rethink in our approach to agriculture

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Increasingly democratic forms of food production pioneered in the Global South are being embraced by those in the Global North, especially in the emerging area of urban agriculture.

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To fight desertification we need to drive diversity on farms and plates

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Farmland in Kenya’s north has deteriorated because of loss of soil nutrients and agro-biodiversity, putting livelihoods of 12 million people at risk.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Australia – Has it Cracked the Solution to Curb Smoking?

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Today, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. It leads to around six million deaths per year, and trends show that will rise to more than eight million by 2030.

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The Democracy Deficit

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In the age of political uncertainty and increasing mistrust of government, we need local, community-led projects to help redefine our ideas of effective citizen engagement now more than ever. It seems like everywhere we look right now we see democracy in crisis.

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The Brexiteers’ ‘Bitter Medicine’ Will Widen Our Prosperity Gulf

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To truly thrive outside the EU, Britain must avoid a slash and burn approach that will further entrench the divisions that led us here and send us into a spiral of economic hardscrabble. But as Theresa May's government cosies up to the unpredictable and volatile Trump administration in the hope of securing a free trade 'deal' set to primarily benefit the US, the signs suggest that our inability to learn or read the runes correctly could cost us dearly.

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‘My Perfect Country’: The Debate

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In this episode, the panel hear the voices, opinions and criticisms of the World Service audience. Together, they debate how the perfect country is shaping up.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Shanghai – A Model for Teaching Maths

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In Shanghai, students are better at maths than anywhere else in the world. According to the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, Shanghai maths students are three years ahead of the PISA average. That means a 15-year-old in Shanghai is better at maths than most 18-year-olds in the UK. And, 55% of students are considered ‘top performers’.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Tunisia – State Feminism

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Tunisia comes under the spotlight, because it is rewriting the rules about what women can and can’t do in an Islamic country. Should it be a role model for its Muslim neighbours?

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‘My Perfect Country’: Japan – Gun Control

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Gun control is a policy that fiercely divides nations – on the one hand there are the countries that enshrine the use of guns – while a host of others seek to eliminate them from society.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Bermuda – Solving Water Scarcity

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The solution to the world’s water scarcity problem could lie in the tiny, remote island of Bermuda. The island has battled water saving problems since its colonisation as it has no natural water resources – and therefore no natural pure water. It relies on one source alone – rain water.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Peru – Cutting Poverty

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How has Peru cut its poverty rate in half in just ten years? Building on decades of economic growth, a policy of inclusive economics has meant many of the poorest in the country have shared in the prosperitycreated by the boom.

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‘My Perfect Country’: UN Debate

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In a radio first, the World Service programme which analyses ground-breaking global policies, is part of a sitting session of the UN’s Economic and Social Council and includes contributions from some of the 58 delegate countries.

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‘Making America Great Again’ Needs To Start With A Cold, Hard Look In The Mirror

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The post-mortem of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US elections has focused on how the winner’s incendiary campaign rhetoric galvanised people eager for change. But aside from the generalised kickback against ‘globalisation’ expressed at the ballot box, the key question remains: What is gnawing away at US prosperity?

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What can sustainability do for anthropology?

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Prof Moore contributes the chapter 'What can sustainability do for anthropology?' to The Anthropology of Sustainability edited by M Brightman and J. Lewis.

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It's All Academic Case Study: Professor Henrietta L. Moore

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Professor Henrietta Moore talks about her work as Head of the Institute of Global Prosperity and how philanthropy plays a vital role in her work.

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Cities must be reimagined for global demographic change

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The world is in the midst of an unprecedented demographic change. According to the World Economic Forum, before 2020, over-65s will make up a greater proportion of the global population than under fives. Along with this, three million people move to cities each week, with current projections suggesting 2.5 billion people will be added to urban populations globally by 2050. These factors, along with the growing reality of climate change pose an unprecedented challenge to the current economic way of being.

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Populism’s Hatred Of Diversity Will Kill Prosperity

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In the days since the US election result, much has been made of the ‘whitelash’ that appears to have propelled Donald Trump to the highest office in the land.

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Professor Henrietta Moore helps to launch the UCL Campaign

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On Thursday 15 September, Professor Henrietta Moore joined a panel of world-class academics for the launch of the new UCL Campaign.

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Migration is a part of today’s world. We can’t just shut the borders, whatever the Leave campaign tells you

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Rather than seeking to withdraw from the world, Britain should be playing a full and active part in creating global prosperity so that people don’t feel so straightjacketed by circumstances that they need to escape.

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Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016

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Professor Henrietta Moore talks about her role on the judging panel at the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016.

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'My Perfect Country': Uganda

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The sixth episode of the BBC World Service programme 'My Perfect Country' looks at how communities in Uganda have revolutionised the justice system by taking matters into their own hands.

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If we leave Europe, the price will be paid by the poor

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Henrietta Moore comments on the Brexit campaign in the New Statesman

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'My Perfect Country': India

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The fifth episode of 'My Perfect Country' (BBC World Service, 3 March 2016) examines India’s pioneering work on sanitation for women. With stories from the native workers who are inventing simple systems alongside active campaigning, she follows the changing attitudes towards women’s rights and their wellbeing. Our local reporter explores the corridors of universities to hear the young women who are putting themselves in charge of their own future – and whether those in charge of inspiring change nationwide are taking note.

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‘My Perfect Country’: Mental healthcare in Michigan, USA

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The fourth episode of the BBC World Service ‘My Perfect Country’-series looks at Michigan, USA, and its ground-breaking mental healthcare service

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Why glaciers don't like the smell of frying bacon

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Many communities around the world think of landscapes, plants, rocks, winds, non-human ancestors and a variety of physical phenomena, beings and entities as having consciousness and intentionality. Should we be using these ideas to regain our respect and sense of wonder about our planet?

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What should the UK do about foreign aid?

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The UK is about to pass legislation committing it to ringfencing 0.7% of gross national income for international development spending. Prof Henrietta Moore offers a personal perspective on the way forward.

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SDGs: We are all developing countries now

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Inequality in the UK and US is a stark reminder that the patronising relationship between the global north and south is misplaced As the European refugee crisis worsens, the UN summit in New York to agree on the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) couldn’t come at a more pressing time.

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Can SDGs spark radical approaches to philanthropy?

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Professor Henrietta Moore ponders the potential effects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on philanthropy in a recent article in Alliance Magazine.

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My Perfect Country: Portugal

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In this third episode of the BBC World Service series 'My Perfect Country' (first broadcasted on 18 February 2016) the search for solutions to society’s problems continues with a look at the world of legalised drug policy created in Portugal.

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My Perfect Country: Costa Rica

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In 2007 the government announced Costa Rica would be the first carbon-neutral country by 2021 – a race that includes Iceland, Norway and New Zealand. In 2015 this small Central American republic achieved another environmental milestone by generating all its electricity using 99% renewable energy. Do Costa Rica's green credentials make it a contender for the perfect country policy pile?

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My Perfect Country: Estonia

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In this compelling new six-part series UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) team up with BBC World Service to build the 'perfect country'. The series is presented by broadcaster and writer Fi Glove, Martha Lane Fox and Director of UCL IGP Professor Henrietta Moore.

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Davos: how can an event that's 82% male solve the digital gender divide?

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Read Henrietta Moore's take on Davos 2016 in The Guardian (19 January 2016)

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Beyond GDP: Henrietta Moore's Development Predictions for 2016

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"In 2016 we need to jettison our obsession with economic "growth" and instead focus on how we achieve genuine prosperity." Henrietta Moore shares her thoughts on the trends and breakthroughs for 2016 on the Bond UK website.

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Antibiotic resistance shows how our growth-at-any-cost model is destroying itself

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) already accounts for roughly 700,000 deaths per year globally and has been forecast to rise to 10 million deaths by 2050. The scariest thing is that we’ve known about this possible outcome for decades and done nothing to prevent it, Henrietta Moore writes in The Independent.

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Desire, agency and subjectivity: A renewal of theoretical thinking

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Professor Moore contributed a chapter to L. Josephides (Ed.), Knowledge and ethics in anthropology.

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The Mediterranean migrant crisis, big business and climate change

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Forced migration is framed as a political issue but climate change and inequality are fuelling the catastrophe and business has a role play in solving it, Henrietta Moore writes in the Guardian

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Benjamin Kipkorir, 1940-2015

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I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Benjamin Kipkorir on 20 May 2015.

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Can agroecology save us from 'scorched-earth' agriculture?

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Industrial agriculture has become a prime driver of many of the world's most serious problems, writes Henrietta Moore: the loss of wild and farmed biodiversity, huge climate-changing emissions, and the entrapment of small farmers in ever-deepening cycles of poverty. But there is a solution: the widespread adoption of agroecological farming.

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Should the Commonwealth go the same way as the British Empire?

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You probably didn’t realise it, but today is Commonwealth Day. In fact, it's likely that the vast majority of the 2.2 billion people around the world who call one of the 53 Commonwealth nations home didn't know either.

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Why Scandinavia is not the model for global prosperity we should all pursue

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And so another league table has confirmed what has become a truism: that when it comes to prosperity, Scandinavia rules the roost.

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Let's be honest about immigration – it's about work, not benefits

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Despite their demonisation, Britain needs immigrants to do the jobs we don't want to, writes Henrietta Moore

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Henrietta Moore at 'Reimagine London' Conference

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Henrietta Moore speaks about a new way of thinking at the 'Reimagine London' Conference.

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Ebola is a product of a destructive and exploitative global economic system

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“Deforestation and increasing demands on habitats to produce food don’t just wreck the environment, they are increasing the risk of global pandemics like Ebola”, writes Henrietta L. Moore on The Guardian Sustainable Business Prosperity blog, 28th October 2014

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“We need a new model of economic growth”

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Sitting here on a beautiful day in London with all the newspaper headlines saying the feel-good factor is coming back, it’s very easy to think that everything that’s happened since 2008 was just a terrible nightmare and now we can all relax.

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Evil: what’s in a word?

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What does it take to get someone to go into a shopping mall with an AK47 and mow down random strangers? A failure of those acts of imagination that connect us to people we have never known.

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Protest politics and the ethical imagination

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Protest, like marriage, means re-imagining relations to self and other. The Taksim Square Book Club – in which demonstrators in Istanbul stood silently and read books – used reflection as a riposte to state brutality. The ethical imagination is at the root of this.

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The fantasies of cosmopolitanism

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Professor Moore contributed a chapter to R. Braidotti, P. Hanafin and B. Blaagaard (eds.), After Cosmopolitanism.

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Anthropology and Gender Studies

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Professor Moore contributed a chapter to the SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology.

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LSE Review of Books: The books that inspired Henrietta Moore

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In this new post for the LSE Review of Books, Henrietta Moore discusses the books that inspired her and awoke her interest in anthropology. It all started with stories, in particular Greek and Roman myths: “important for the not-yet-anthropologist was the idealisation of kinship, the hopeless question of family inheritance, the ties of loyalty and their relation to fealty. Can you know your true self and how much of the answer to that question is about origins?

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LSE Review of Books: The Subject of Anthropology

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Margherita Margiotti reviews Henrietta L. Moore’s The Subject of Anthropology: Gender, Symbolism and Psychoanalysis for the LSE Review of Books.

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Thinking about politics and the internet: time to update our perspective

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In this piece for openDemocracy Henrietta L. Moore and Sabine Selchow introduce their reconceptualisation of the Internet as a set of interactions in process, turning away from mainstream understandings of it as a ‘tool’ and / or ‘space’ that enables political action.

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‘Intangibles: Culture, Heritage and Identity’

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Prof Moore's chapter in 'Heritage, Memory and Identity': A rapid perusal of the usual sources provides definitions of ‘intangible’ as ‘incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch’;’incorporeal or immaterial’;’vague, elusive, fleeting’; ‘not definite to the mind’. Perhaps more arresting is the idea that intangibility applies to assets in the good will of a business.

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What’s in an event?

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Thinking about art events allows us to pose old questions in new ways: “what does art do for us”; “what do we expect from art”; “what do we hope for when we go to an art event”? Art institutions certainly recognise that the expectations of their audiences have changed, and a large measure of this is evident in the drive towards participation.

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The new bill outlawing FGM in Kenya

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On 7th September 2011 the Kenyan Government passed a bill outlawing female circumcision or FGM. The new law, proposed in 2010 by Mt. Elgon MP Fred Kapondi, has been passed in the third year of the UNICEF and UNFPA Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting.

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Epistemology and ethics: Perspectives from Africa

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Professor Moore contributed a chapter to C. Toren and J. Pina-Cabral (eds.), The Challenge of Epistemology: Anthropological Perspectives.

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Not a Hope, Nor a Prayer

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When the LGBTI activist David Kato was murdered last month, newspapers carried worldwide condemnation of the act. Advocacy organisations issued statements, as did President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Ugandan LGBTI activist David Kato killed

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We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of David Kato, a courageous activist at the forefront of the LGBTI campaign in Uganda, and contributor to Henrietta Moore’s Modern Lives research project.

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It’s Not All Hardwired

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We often imagine the brain as a sort of high-powered, superbly engineered evolutionary computer. But it is actually a wonderfully baroque structure, made up of incompletely integrated units. And despite what we might assume about what we are born with, our brains are more shaped by interaction with the world than we think.

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‘The Failure of Pluralism!’

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Female “circumcision” or, more precisely, female genital cutting (FGC), remains an important cultural practice in many African countries, often serving as a coming-of-age ritual. It is also a practice that has generated international dispute and continues to be at the center of debates over women’s rights, the limits of cultural pluralism, the balance of power between local cultures, international human rights, and feminist activism. In our increasingly globalized world, these practices have also begun immigrating to other nations, where transnational complexities vex debates about how to resolve the issue.

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BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed: Moral Relativism

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Listen to this discussion between Henrietta L. Moore, Laurie Taylor, Steven Lukes and Conor Gearty of the relationship of culture and morality in the debate on a universal notion of human rights.

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Individual Identity and Cultural Relativism

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In this British Council interview Henrietta L. Moore discusses the potential benefits and limitations of cultural relativism. What are the potential benefits and limitations of cultural relativism? How can psychoanalytic approaches enhance and enrich understanding? What is the impact of culture and technology on individual identity?

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Forms of Knowing and Un-knowing: Secrets about Society, Sexuality and God in Northern Kenya

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Researchers often face difficult dilemmas about who to represent and how, what to omit and what to include. This book explores such questions in an important and timely collection of essays from international scholars.

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Modern Erotics and the Quest for Intimacy

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BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed: Obesity

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In this BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Programme Henrietta L. Moore discusses the cultural history of obesity with Laurie Taylor and Sander L. Gilman. (Broadcasted on: 08 October 2008)

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BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed: World Dress

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Henrietta L. Moore discusses the world domination of the western business suit with Laurie Taylor and Robert Ross. (broadcasted on 16 July 2008)

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The Last Resistance - Jacqueline Rose in discussion with Henrietta L. Moore and Stephen Frosh

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Jacqueline Rose discusses her book "The Last Resistance" with Henrietta L. Moore and Stephen Frosh. "The Last Resistance" explores the power of writing to create and transform our political lives and examines the role of literature in the Zionist imagination.

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‘The Future of Gender or the End of a Brilliant Career’

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Bringing together distinguished scholars and original voices from anthropology’s diverse subfields, Feminist Anthropology: Past, Present, and Future probes critical issues in the study of gender, sex, and sexuality. Contributors offer significant reflections on feminist anthropology’s winding trajectory.

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A “Masterclass” in Subjectivity

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'Perhaps one of the problems with being social theorists is that we do not know how to manage a masterclass. The term is suggestive given how much discussion there has been amongst feminist theorists of the limitations for social theory for the autonomous, masculine agent, the Cartesian subject.

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‘Difference and recognition: Postmillennial identities and social justice.'

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Representing a disciplinary and generational range of writers, the resulting collection is at turns inspiring, troubling, provocative, despairing, celebratory. Some of the essays give voice to anxieties, others are more hopeful; some reflect back, others look forward.

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