‘I have spent most of my life studying the lives of other peoples – faraway peoples – so that Americans might better understand themselves,’ she once said. As an anthropologist, she did more than perhaps any other individual to popularise her subject and to reveal some of the innumerable permutations in human social organisation, attitudes and gender roles. As an activist, she became a prominent advocate for causes ranging from education and ecology to the women’s movement and nuclear disarmament. Such was her influence that Time magazine named her ‘Mother of the World’ in 1969.
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Public spaces became increasingly valued during lockdown – and increasingly policed. We must continue to reclaim and celebrate it for everyone, says Morag Rose
Without active protection from the state, the rejected Project Big Picture is a taste of things to come for English football, argues Alex Maguire
Anti-racist movements in France are challenging both the state and the traditional left, writes Selma Oumari
As education becomes increasingly authoritarian, the battle against racist educational enclosure policies is one the left cannot afford to lose, argues Jessica Perera
Alethea Warrington describes how the fossil fuels industry hopes to change its image but not its practice
Ndella Diouf Paye writes about her experiences working as a carer for a private company