ASAP Instagram Guest Contributor: Taapsi Ramachandani, @anthofpolicy
Taapsi Ramchandani is a blogger and PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at Syracuse University. For her doctoral research, she is exploring forms of civic engagement in Trinidad and Tobago with a particular focus on the inter-personal relationships between civilians and their local elected representatives.
Trinidad, the larger of the twin-island nation-state, currently has a centralized local government system with low levels of professionalization and high prevalence of clientelism. Within this context, Taapsi is interested in the creative ways by which locals make themselves “visible” to their elected leaders to access public services, get public assistance, and demand good governance. Over the next two weeks, she will use photographs to paint a picture of everyday life in her fieldsite where religion, technology and livelihood arbitrate people’s expectations from their political leaders, especially as the country braces for local government elections in December 2016.
If you are interested in acting as a guest contributor to the ASAP Instagram, please send a sample photo and narrative to Georgia Hartman at [email protected].
Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
The University of California, San Diego
Department of Anthropology
The University of California, Irvine