Dr Matt Wilde

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Dr Matt Wilde
Position/Fellowship type:
Stipendiary Fellow
Fellowship term:
01-Oct-2013 to 31-May-2014
Institute of Latin American Studies
+44 (0)207 862 8691
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Communities, Classes, Races, Globalization & Development, Political Institutions, Politics, Social Sciences, Socialism, Communism, Anarchism
South America, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Matt Wilde received his PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2013. His research interests cover popular politics, social movements, democracy, the state, security/insecurity, political economy, morality and inequality. His work has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Society for Latin American Studies.

Matt’s doctoral thesis examined the everyday life of a Venezuelan barrio in the context of radical social and political change. The project analysed the ways in which political and moral subjectivities are produced and altered through everyday struggles to challenge structural inequalities and social exclusion. Matt traced the experiences of grassroots activists as they developed new political institutions in their communities in conjunction with a state-led drive to remodel Venezuelan democracy. Uncovering the complex entanglements that unfolded between state agencies and community actors, he argued that a host of competing visions, understandings and motivations characterised participation in new democratic spaces at the local level, showing how grassroots activism was embedded in overlapping desires for revolutionary mobilisation, material betterment and moral redemption. This research project, now being converted into an anthropological monograph, also covered themes such as kinship, everyday violence and aspiration.

At ILAS, Matt is engaged in the dissemination of his doctoral research through a number of forthcoming journal articles and book chapters. He is also working towards a post-doctoral project on security, democracy and human rights in Venezuela.

Since 2011, Matt has taught a number of courses in the Anthropology of Economics, Development, Human Rights, Globalisation and Latin America. He is currently a Teaching Fellow at the LSE, where he teaches an interdisciplinary social science course, and a Guest Lecturer at the University of Sussex. In 2013 Matt received a student-nominated teaching award from the LSE's Department of Anthropology for his work in the classroom.

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