Marit Melhuus

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Academic interests

Thematic: Morality, kinship, religion, personhood, gender; legal anthropology, legislative processes; biopolitics, understandings of nature; social change, anthropological theory and method, comparison, history.

Regional:  Argentina, Mexico, Latin America, Norway, the Nordic countries.

About

Over the last years Marit Melhuus research has focussed on meanings of kinship, biotechnology and legislative processes in Norway, in a comparative perspective.  She has participated in two major collaborative research projects: The transnational flow of concepts and substances (financed by the Norwegian Research Council) and The Public Understanding of Genetics (financed by the EU).  Publications from these projects cover  themes such as kinship, reproductive technologies, legal anthropology, globalisation, biopolitics, exchange and anthropological methods.  Melhuus has earlier worked in Latin America addressing issues such as economic anthropology, peasant theory, social change, gender and morality. Her current interests focus on the relationship between religion and science and how this is articulated in biopolitics.  Melhuus has carried out fieldwork in Argentina, Mexico and Norway.  

Positions held

She has been Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo, Head of Department and also a member of the University Board.       

Tags: Economic anthropology, Morality, Kinship, Social change, Legal anthropology, Biotechnology, Latin America, The Nordic countries

Publications

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (2000 - 2010)

BOOKS

Melhuus, Marit, Jon P. Mitchell and Helena Wullf. 2009. Ethnographic Practice in the Present. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Chevalier, Sophie, Marianne E. Lien og Marit Melhuus. 2009. La Norvège. Vues de l'intérieur.(Special issue of Ethnologie Francaise).

Melhuus, Marit og Kristi Anne Stølen. 2008. Machos, Putas, Santas. El poder del imaginario en América Latina. Buenos Aires: Antropofagia (oversatt fra engelsk: Machos, Mistresses, Madonnas. Contesting the Power of Latin American Gender Imagery.1996. London: VERSO).

Lien,Marianne E. og Marit Melhuus. 2007. Holding Worlds Together. Ethnographies of knowing and belonging. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Howell, Signe og Marit Melhuus. 2001. Blod, tykkere enn vann? Betydninger av slektskap i Norge. Bergen:Fagbokforlaget.

 

SELECTED ARTICLES/CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

Melhuus, Marit. 2010. "Biotechnologijos prasmès (tvarkos) problemos: dèmesys etnografijai" i Auksuole Cepaitiene (ed) Socialine Antropologija, etnogrfija ir biotechnologija. Vilnius: Leidykla.

Melhuus, Marit og Signe Howell. 2009. "Adoption and Assisted Conception. One universe of unnatural procreation." i Jeanette Edwards og Carles Salazar (eds) European Kinship in the Age of Biotechnology, Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Lien, Marianne E. og Marit Melhuus. 2009. "La Norvège. Vues de l'interieur" i Ethnologie francaise XXXIX (2): 197 - 206.

Melhuus, Marit. 2009. "Imaginons la societé future. Qui a peur de la 'societé de tri'? Les biotechnologies, l'indivindu et l'État" i Ethnologie francaise XXXIX (2): 253 - 264.

Melhuus, Marit. 2009. "L'inviolabilité de la maternité. Pourqoi le don d'ovocytes n'est-il pas autorisé en Norvège?" i Enric Porqueres i Gené (ed) Défis contemporains de la parenté. Paris: Editions de L'EHESS.

Melhuus, Marit. 2009. "Conflicting Notions of continuity and belonging or how biotechnology moves people. Assisted Reproduction, Law and Practice in Norway" i Social Analysis 53 (3): 148 - 162.

Melhuus, Marit og Kristi Anne Stølen. 2008. "Introducción" i Machos, Putas, Santas. El poder del imaginario de género en América Latina. Buenos Aires: Antropofagia.

Melhuus, Marit. 2008. "poder, valor y los sentidos ambiguos de género" i Machos, Putas, Santas. El poder del imaginario de género en América Latina. Buenos Aires: Antropofagia.

Melhuus, Marit. 2007. "Procreative Imaginations: Biotechnology, new reproductive technology and assisted conception in Norway" i Marianne E. Lien og Marit Melhuus (eds) Holding Worlds Together. Ethnographies of Knowing and Belonging. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Howell, Signe og Marit Melhuus. 2007. "Mixed race families - Do they exist? Some criteria for identity and belonging in contemporary Norway" i Peter Wade (ed) Race, Eethnicity and Nation: Perspectives from Kinship and Genetics. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Melhuus, Marit. 2005. " 'Better safe than sorry'. Legislating assisted conception in Norway" i Christian Krhohn-Hansen og Knut Nustad (eds) State Formation: Anthropological Perpsectives. London: Pluto Press.

Melhuus, Marit. 2004. "Archetti, Eduardo P." i Vered Amit (ed) Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology. London: Routledge.

"Lewis, Oscar" i Vered Amit (ed) Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology. London: Routledge.

Melhuus, Marit. 2003. "Exchange Matters: Issues of law and the flow of human substances" i Thomas Hylland Eriksen (ed) Globalisation. Studies in Anthropology. London: Pluto Press.

Melhuus, Marit. 2002. "Issues of relevance: anthropology and the challenges of cross-cultural comparision" i Andre Gingrich and Richar Fox (eds) Anthropology, By Comparison. London:Routledge.

Melhuus, Marit. 2002. "A house that lacks a man lacks respect" in Tor Aase (ed) Tournaments of Power. Honor and Revenge in the Contemporary World. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Melhuus, Marit. 2001. "Kan skinnet bedra? Noen meninger om assistert befruktning" i Signe Howell og Marit Melhuus (eds) Blod, tykkere enn vann. Betydninger av slektskap i Norge. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget.

Melhuus, Marit. 2001."Hvilken skam uten ære? Eller: finnes den skamløse ære?" i Trygve Wyller (ed) Skam. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget.

Melhuus, Marit. 2001. CA comment to Kaja Finkler "The Kin in the Gene. The Medicalisation of Family and Kinship in American Society" i Current Anthropology, 42 (2): 235 - 262.

Melhuus, Marit. 2001. "The Power of Penetration - the Value of Virginity: male and female in Mexican heterosexual and homosexual relations" i Cathrine Alès and Cécile Barraud (eds) Sexe realtif ou sex absolu?. Paris: Editions de la Maision des Sciences de L'Homme.

Melhuus, Marit. 2000. "LEWIS Oscar" i Pierre Bonte amd Michel Izard (eds), Dictionnaire de l'ethnolgoie et de l'anthropologie. Paris: Quadrige/PUF.

Melhuus, Marit. 2000. "femininity" i D. Balderston (ed) Encyclopedia of Contemporary Caribbean and Latin Merican Culture. Routledge: London.

Melhuus, Marit. 2000. "Kultur, bytte, makt: sæd og egg på norsk" i Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift, 11 (3): 161 - 181.
 

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