Author Archives: Janet Roitman

About Janet Roitman

is associate professor of anthropology at the New School for Social Research in New York. She is the author of Fiscal Disobedience: An Anthropology of Economic Regulation in Central Africa (Princeton University Press, 2005), an analysis of unregulated commerce in the Chad Basin, which gives insight into transformations in the nature of economic regulation and citizenship. Her most recent book, Anti-Crisis (Duke University Press, 2014), inquires into the status of the concept of crisis in social analysis, taking accounts of the subprime mortgage “crisis” of 2007–8 as a case in point.

An Interview with Gregory Mann

The Humanity editorial collective asked Kenneth Harrow and Janet Roitman to join us in posing some questions to Gregory Mann on the publication of his new book From Empire to NGOs in the West African Sahel: The Road to Nongovernmentality (Cambridge, 2015). The transcript of the discussion follows. Humanity: Could you briefly lay out the topic of the book? Gregory Mann: The book asks what “government” has meant in a part of the world where its meaning was particularly dynamic, slippery, and contentious in the period from the 1940s through the Continue reading → Continue reading →