Numa volta rápida pelos blogs (uns mais, outros menos) ligados à antropologia, à procura de um “olhar antropológico” sobre o caso Obama, recolhi estes registos:
“I was still at the Starbucks in Dublin airport when Obama’s speech was broadcast live after the election was called. There was Oprah crying, and Jesse Jackson. An anthropologist friend and I exchange text messages. I note the giant glass walls on the stage. He txts with characteristic brilliance: ‘teardrop guards’. Yes I’m tearing up, especially when-this truly thrilled me-especially when Obama talked to people ‘listening to radios’ in remote parts of the world. I thought to myself, who but Obama on this occasion would bother to remember those folks and to speak to them? This man can be a president of a different order altogether. Perhaps the often jingoist phrase ‘leader of the free world’ might gain new meaning, might be resignified, for a new generation…” [+]
“Na sequência da vitória de Obama, o assunto mais falado parece ser a “raça”. Mesmo sendo Obama filho de um queniano e de uma “branca” americana, as representações raciais americanas colocam-no na categoria “negro”. A sua mestiçagem – e a sua origem “estrangeira” – não conseguem ultrapassar o sistema da one drop rule e de uma percepção absolutamente dicotómica da cor. Mas o sucesso de Obama simboliza duas grandes transformações que estão a ocorrer na sociedade americana: o crescente cruzamento das fronteiras raciais e os bons resultados das políticas de “discriminação positiva” (na realidade affirmative action…)” [+]
“O JoaoLuc traduziu este texto de Butler: […] A questão é saber em que medida a “des-ilusão” é necessária, de forma a regressarmos à política crítica e, que forma violenta de “des-ilusão” nos fará voltar ao intenso cinismo político dos últimos anos. (…)»” [+]
“If you need anthropological perspectives on the US-election Obama-McCain, you’ll find them in the new issue of Anthropology News. One of the articles is about a study on voting, politicial participation and citizenship among individuals with psychiatric disability.” [+]
“I know it’s not anthropology, but. Can I just say. That I cannot concentrate. On anthropology or anything else. Because all I can think about are the U.S. elections (…)” [+]
“(…) It was very tempting, on many occasions, to simply shout support for Barack Obama. Everyone he ran against seemed determined to make him look good. I started posting months ago about Hillary Clinton’s smear campaign, and the vile undertones of racism that emerged early on. I am personally very relieved not to have to hear from McCain and Palin again, and especially the latter who distinguished herself for her unforgivable ignorance, malice, and sheer dishonesty. Goodbye, get lost, you lost.
Without a doubt, I will return to criticizing the next government of the U.S. to the extent that President-elect Obama lives up to his word to expand the war in Afghanistan and to station tens of thousands of troops in Iraq even past a “withdrawal” date(…)” [+]