Börries Nehe holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a specialization in Sociology. He has been working on social movements, state & space theory, and violence and urban conflicts, mostly in Latin America. To bridge the gaps between academic and non-academic ways of thinking, talking about and doing things has been an important element of his scholarly and activist work. He is currently adviser for the Global Scholarly Dialogue Programme of the RLS and coordinator of the International Research Group on Authoritarianism & Counter-Strategies. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Department of Geography in the University of Frankfurt am Main.
All Publications from Börries Nehe:
From Erdogan to Orban, from Bolsonaro to Duterte: we are witnessing a global rise of reactionary nationalist, racist and anti-feminist forces and a rapid de-democratization of political systems.
Introduction | Authoritarianism, Crisis, and Solidarity in the Time of COVID-19: Global Perspectives from the South
Even though the current crisis astonished most of us, it also came as no surprise. During the last decade, we have witnessed a densification of what Alex Demirovic calls “crises of denormalization”, i.e. crises that profoundly undermine the hegemonic neoliberal security dispositive. From the financial crisis in 2008–9, through to Europe´s so-called “migrant crisis” (in fact, a momentary collapse of Europe´s inhumane border regime), up to the climate crisis, world capitalism seems ever more prone to destroying its economic, social, and natural basis, and less and less capable of dealing with the consequences.
Does the pandemic state of exception pave the way for further undemocratization—and if so, is this process happening on a global scale, or are there meaningful differences between regional developments? Are there identifiable patterns regarding a specifically authoritarian-populist, way of dealing with the pandemic and the resulting social and economic crisis? What is, in short, the specifically authoritarian dimension of the world´s responses to the pandemic?