Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers: James Ferguson

12 October 2011

Dr Gaynor Macdonald, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

American anthropologist, James Ferguson, has used his localised ethnographic focus on southern Africa to develop far-reaching critiques of globalisation, development and modernity which have impacted across the social sciences. Gaynor Macdonald will outline Ferguson's contributions over the past two decades, as well as his recent work comparing a focus on production with that of distribution. Ferguson's study of the impacts of the neoliberal world in Africa provides insights into modernity and inequality in Australia, particularly in the way in which Aboriginal peoples have been categorised. His recent thinking challenges taken-for-granted values, such as relationship of labour to social value, to create a space in which to restore a sense of shared citizenship and social equity. Nevertheless, Macdonald is not without her own critique of Ferguson's approach.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or booking required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney

Cost: Free

Contact: Sydney Ideas

Phone: 9351 1935

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