Umair Javed

Inequality and ideology

Inequality and ideology

Hunger and want, and the constant reminder of inequality,may condition religious mobilisation, but they are not solely sufficient. Published 19 Apr, 2021 06:17am
Cultural imports and the state

Cultural imports and the state

The appeal of Turkish cultural imports makes sense in light of the country’s more recent history of Islamist violence. Updated 05 Apr, 2021 08:31am
Conservative anxieties

Conservative anxieties

There are also categorical institutional and structural factors at play. Updated 22 Mar, 2021 08:28am
Domestic exploitation

Domestic exploitation

Ideologically, various tiers of the Pakistani state apparatus are not committed to the eradication of exploitative work. Published 08 Feb, 2021 05:30am
Informality and state policy

Informality and state policy

Large segments of what is dubbed the informal economy are perfectly legal in occupational terms. Published 25 Jan, 2021 07:16am
Statism in Pakistan

Statism in Pakistan

If the last two years in office show something, it is that PTI has become the vehicle for Pakistan’s own statist ideology. Updated 11 Jan, 2021 08:37am
Dynasticism and its discontents

Dynasticism and its discontents

Unless compelled by circumstances, why would you change a norm that largely works in your favour? Published 14 Dec, 2020 06:59am
Creating a welfare legacy

Creating a welfare legacy

A number of issues have been identified with the cash-transfer intervention. Published 30 Nov, 2020 07:34am
Diversity and the same page

Diversity and the same page

In recent years, the overarching thrust of ethnic politics in the country remains relatively contained. Updated 16 Nov, 2020 09:25am
Confrontation and continuity

Confrontation and continuity

Outcomes of confrontation between political actors are determined by the resources available to each. Updated 19 Oct, 2020 12:17pm
Moral panic and social change

Moral panic and social change

Sometimes change will stem from moral panic, other times by the sheer force of patriarchal violence wielded by traditionalists. Updated 05 Oct, 2020 08:15am
Violent assertion

Violent assertion

What are the factors behind this violent assertion, and what aspects of the current political dispensation continue to enable it? Published 21 Sep, 2020 08:01am
Political roots of a city

Political roots of a city

Separate and distinct mandates do not change the underlying ecological reality of a given space. Updated 07 Sep, 2020 09:49am
Contradictory urbanisation

Contradictory urbanisation

Citizen preferences must be understood not just from the lens of infrastructure planning but also from a cultural... Published 24 Aug, 2020 06:30am
Future of devolution politics

Future of devolution politics

As a singular entity, the Pakistani state faces far fewer domestic pressures than in the past. Published 10 Aug, 2020 07:51am
A ban on good sense

A ban on good sense

Who bears the cost of these controls? Obviously not the generation that is making these decisions. Published 27 Jul, 2020 07:31am
Unmet aspirations

Unmet aspirations

What do the vast majority of young citizens, those aged between 18 and 30 in particular, want in their lives? Published 13 Jul, 2020 06:59am